Forgetfulness Quotes

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Friedrich Nietzsche
“The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

George Sand
“We cannot tear out a single page of our life, but we can throw the whole book in the fire.”
George Sand, Mauprat

Kahlil Gibran
“Forgetfulness is a form of freedom.”
Kahlil Gibran

Alain de Botton
“Bitterness: anger that forgot where it came from.”
Alain de Botton

Neil Gaiman
“Everything he had ever done that had been better left undone. Every lie he had told — told to himself, or told to others. Every little hurt, and all the great hurts. Each one was pulled out of him, detail by detail, inch by inch. The demon stripped away the cover of forgetfulness, stripped everything down to truth, and it hurt more than anything.”
Neil Gaiman, Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders

“When love slides into the edge of unconcern or vanishes in the cornfield of forgetfulness, our mind must loosen the knots that tie us to the barren fields of a lost past. ("The Internet rescue")”
Erik Pevernagie

“While walking down the memory lane, we may discover in the remains of our early days, surprising little details that have been eclipsed under the mantle of forgetfulness or inattention. Those loose shreds in our remembrance can highlight the importance of the fundamentals that steer our daily lives. But they may also entice us to crack the particular value that we impart to trivial matters or quirky actions. Then, we are capable of discerning the uprightness and the truth behind the appearances. ("Dirty bike")”
Erik Pevernagie

P.G. Wodehouse
“He looked haggard and careworn, like a Borgia who has suddenly remembered that he has forgotten to shove cyanide in the consommé, and the dinner-gong due any moment.”
P.G. Wodehouse, Carry On, Jeeves

Vera Nazarian
“The only thing faster than the speed of thought is the speed of forgetfulness. Good thing we have other people to help us remember.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

José Saramago
“Every novel is like this, desperation, a frustrated attempt to save something of the past. Except that it still has not been established whether it is the novel that prevents man from forgetting himself or the impossibility of forgetfulness that makes him write novels.”
José Saramago, The History of the Siege of Lisbon

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

Billy Collins
“The name of the author is the first to go
followed obediently by the title, the plot,
the heartbreaking conclusion, the entire novel
which suddenly becomes one you have never read,
never even heard of,

as if, one by one, the memories you used to harbor
decided to retire to the southern hemisphere of the brain,
to a little fishing village where there are no phones.”
Billy Collins

Friedrich Nietzsche
“Happiness: being able to forget or, to express in a more learned fashion.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life

“Occasionally, I would visit the graveyard in my heart, knowing that some people that were buried there are still alive. I could not help wondering: How many people buried me, too, in the graveyard of their hearts?
(Danny Castillones Sillada, Those Sweet and Painful Memories, Inusara Journal)”
Danny Castillones Sillada

Holly Black
“Sprites glitter in air that stinks of freshly spilled blood. The revel will go on, I realize. Everything will go on.

But I am not sure that I can.”
Holly Black, The Cruel Prince

“I had a chat with May and I had a sweet talk with April but the lovely conversation that left me to ponder was the long talk I had with June. Mathematics came to tell me that May is 3, June is 4 and April is 5. ‘ This should have been the counting order’ Mathematics said to me, and added, if you add 3 and 5 you shall surely get 8 and if you find the mid of 8 you will get 4 which is June. Ask June why the disorder! So I quickly called June and asked, why have you change the order? June said, ‘my brother, in this era, you should least give men things which are in order. Let them ponder and put things in order and they will learn something better’. I had to ponder and wonder. Then June added, those who will ponder to know why I have change the order to be at the mid of the other shall get to the mid of the other and wonder why they are at the mid of the other and end the other in wonder but, those who would never see why they must ponder when they get to the mid of the other to know why I am there shall end the other in disorder. They shall end the other and wander in the end! I was quick to ask June, which other? June calmly said, the twelve disciples of the year. Disciples’? I asked. June quickly said, I mean months! In your journey of life, take a break as you journey and ponder over the journey; June concluded!”
Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

Tove Jansson
“I know I do everything. I've been doing everything for an awfully long time, and I've seen and lived as hard as I could, and it's been unbelievable, I tell you, unbelievable. But now I have the feeling everything is gliding away from me, and I don't remember, and I don't care, and yet now is right when I need it.”
Tove Jansson, The Summer Book

Harley King
“So much is buried in our lives that we forget what we have learned.”
Harley King

Edith Wharton
“All the girls feared their Father less than they did their Mother, because she sometimes remembered things and he did not. Lord Brightlingsea was swept through life on a steady amnesiac flow.”
Edith Wharton, The Buccaneers

J.S. Mason
“He remembered that he did have one thing going for him – his memory.”
J.S. Mason, The Stork Ate My Brother...And Other Totally Believable Stories

Steven Magee
“Dying from COVID-19 asphyxiation will take you on a journey through forgetfulness, confusion, hallucinations and visions as you ascend into Heaven.”
Steven Magee

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Desperateness sometimes makes us do something that gives someone, or some people, the impression that we suffer from forgetfulness.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Hilary McKay
“Derek turned out to be spectacularly good at fixing cars, and he cured the Casson one almost immediately with the simple but highly effective addition of gasoline.”
Hilary McKay, Indigo's Star

“Forgetfulness is a mask of the masses.”
Mantaranjot Mangat, Plotless

Steven Magee
“Summit Brain’ was a term that Mauna Kea Observatory management teams would use to describe the forgetfulness and confusion that would develop in their workers when at very high altitudes.”
Steven Magee

Emil M. Cioran
“I leave it in writing for those who will come after me that I do not believe in anything and that forgetfulness is the only salvation. I would like to forget everything, to forget myself and to forget the world. True confessions are written with tears only. But my tears would drown the world, as my inner fire would reduce it to ashes. I don't need any support, encouragement, or consolation because, although I am the lowest of men, I feel nonetheless so strong, so hard, so savage! For I am the only man who lives without hope, the apex of heroism and paradox. The ultimate madness! I should channel my chaotic and unbridled passion into forgetfulness, escaping spirit and consciousness. I too have a hope: a hope for absolute forgetfulness. But is it hope or despair? Is it not the negation of all future hopes? I want not to know, not to know even that I do not know. Why so many problems, arguments, vexations? Why the consciousness of death? How much longer all this thinking and philosophizing?”
Emil M. Cioran

Caroline Carr
“I drove through red traffic lights once. I thought red meant 'go', which was dreadful because I know red means 'stop'. - Nora, 50”
Caroline Carr, Menopause: The Guide for Real Women

Caroline Carr
“I made a mental note of where I'd parked the car, but when I came out of the precinctI couldn't remember where it was. I pushed a full shopping trolley through acres of busy car park to try to find it, and after 20 minutes I was nearly in tears. Eventually I just stumbled across it, but I don't remember parking there at all. I felt so stupid. What's even worse was that a few weeks later I did exactly the same thing. - Fiona, 56”
Caroline Carr, Menopause: The Guide for Real Women

“Being able to forget something is no less than a superpower. You can't forget by trying to forget. Instead, switch to the higher perspective as often as possible. Wonder about the mysteries of universe.”

Michael Bassey Johnson
“The wind taught me never to forget old friends, by blowing them back to me.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

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