Quotes About Memory

Quotes tagged as "memory" (showing 241-270 of 1,808)
Erich Maria Remarque
“To forget is the secret of eternal youth. One grows old only through memory. There's much too little forgetting.”
Erich Maria Remarque, Three Comrades

Terry Pratchett
“And, as always happens, and happens far too soon, the strange and wonderful becomes a memory and a memory becomes a dream. Tomorrow it's gone.”
Terry Pratchett, Wintersmith

Anne Rice
“Memory was a curse, yes, he thought, but it was also the greatest gift. Because if you lost memory you lost everything.”
Anne Rice, Blood And Gold

George Steiner
“when a language dies, a way of understanding the world dies with it, a way of looking at the world. ”
George Steiner

Alice Hoffman
“When the cold comes to New England it arrives in sheets of sleet and ice. In December, the wind wraps itself around bare trees and twists in between husbands and wives asleep in their beds. It shakes the shingles from the roofs and sifts through cracks in the plaster. The only green things left are the holly bushes and the old boxwood hedges in the village, and these are often painted white with snow. Chipmunks and weasels come to nest in basements and barns; owls find their way into attics. At night,the dark is blue and bluer still, as sapphire of night.”
Alice Hoffman, Here on Earth

Meredith Ann Pierce
“I thought you had forgotten me.”
“I have spent my life remembering you.”
Meredith Ann Pierce, The Son of Summer Stars

Walter Benjamin
“Memory is not an instrument for surveying the past but its theater. It is the medium of past experience, just as the earth is the medium in which dead cities lie buried. He who seeks to approach his own buried past must conduct himself like a man digging.”
Walter Benjamin, Berlin Childhood around 1900

Mehek Bassi
“Whatever I learned,
Whatever I knew,
Seems like those faded years of childhood that flew,
Away in some dilemma,
Always in some confusion,
The purpose of this life,
Seems like an illusion!”
Mehek Bassi, Chained: Can you escape fate?

Arthur Schnitzler
“Oh, we do not understand death, we never understand it; creatures are only truly dead when everyone else has died who knew them.”
Arthur Schnitzler, Selected Short Fiction

Vladimir Nabokov
“How small the cosmos (a kangaroo's pouch would hold it), how paltry and puny in comparison to human consciousness, to a single individual recollection, and its expression in words!”
Vladimir Nabokov, Speak, Memory

Rainer Maria Rilke
“a kind of memory that tells us
that what we're now striving for was
nearer and truer and attached to us
with infinite tenderness. Here all is
there it was breath. After the first
the second one seems draughty and
strangely sexed.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino Elegies

Nalini Singh
“While Dmitri, as the leader of Raphael’s Seven, could not accept such a weakness, the mortal he’d once been, the one who had loved a woman with a wide mouth and eyes of slanted brown . . . that man understood what it was to love so deeply it was a kind of beautiful madness.”
Nalini Singh, Archangel's Blade

Stephen King
“She knew with suddeness and ease that this moment would be with her always, within hand's reach of memory.

She doubted if they all sensed it - they had seen the world - but even George was silent for a minute as they looked, and the scene, the smell, even the sound of the band playing a faintly recognisable movie theme, was locked forever in her, and she was at peace.”
Stephen King, Carrie

John Henry Newman
“A great memory does not make a mind, any more than a dictionary is a piece of literature.”
John Henry Newman

Frans Kellendonk
“We need falsifications to make the past inhabitable.”
Frans Kellendonk, Het Complete Werk

Steve Toltz
“After all, memory may be the only thing on earth we can truly manipulate to serve us, so we don't have to look back at ourselves in the receding past and think, What an arsehole!”
Steve Toltz, A Fraction of the Whole

Marcel Proust
“But, when nothing subsists of an old past, after the death of people, after the destruction of things, alone, frailer but more enduring, more immaterial, more persistent, more faithful, smell and taste still remain for a long time, like souls, remembering, waiting, hoping, on the ruin of all the rest, bearing without giving way, on their almost impalpable droplet, the immense edifice of memory.”
Marcel Proust, Swann's Way

James Stephens
“Let the past be content with itself, for man needs forgetfulness as well as memory”
James Stephens, Irish Fairy Tales

Robert Penn Warren
“Reality is not a function of the event as event, but of the relationship of that event to past, and future, events.”
Robert Penn Warren, All the King's Men

Marcel Proust
“And then, gradually, the memory of her would fade away, I had forgotten the girl of my dream.”
Marcel Proust, Swann's Way

Michel de Montaigne
“Excellent memories are often coupled with feeble judgments.”
Michel de Montaigne, The Essays: A Selection

George Orwell
“For a second, two seconds, they had exchanged an equivocal glance, and that was the end of the story. But even that was a memorable event, in the locked loneliness in which one had to live.”
George Orwell, 1984

“How cruelly sweet are the echoes that start, when memory plays an old tune on the heart!”
Eliza Cook

Alexandre Dumas
“Can we account for instinct?' said Monte Cristo. 'Are there not some places where we seem to breathe sadness? — why, we cannot tell. It is a chain of recollections — an idea which carries you back to other times, to other places — which, very likely, have no connection with the present time and place.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo

Mark Twain
“Dates are hard to remember because they consist of figures; figures are monotonously unstriking in appearance, and they don't take hold, they form no pictures, and so they give the eye no chance to help. Pictures are the thing. Pictures can make dates stick.”
Mark Twain

Doris Lessing
“...or like an old friend one has known too well and doesn't want to see.”
Doris Lessing

Graham Greene
“He couldn't tell that this was one of those occasions a man never forgets: a small cicatrice had been made on the memory, a wound that would ache whenever certain things combined - the taste of gin at mid-day, the smell of flowers under a balcony, the clang of corrugated iron, an ugly bird flopping from perch to perch.”
Graham Greene, The Heart of the Matter

Jeremy Aldana
“The Memory Of You Is Like A Drug To Me”
Jeremy Aldana

John Irving
“Thus we try to keep our heroes alive; hence we remember them.”
John Irving, Last Night in Twisted River

Criss Jami
“As individuals die every moment, how insensitive and fabricated a love it is to set aside a day from selfish routine in prideful, patriotic commemoration of tragedy. Just as God is provoked by those who tithe simply because they feel that they must tithe, I am provoked by those who commemorate simply because they feel that they must commemorate.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

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