Memory Loss Quotes

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Juan Rulfo
“Nothing can last forever. There isn't any memory, no matter how intense, that doesn't fade out at last.”
Juan Rulfo

Mark  Lawrence
“Memory is all we are. Moments and feelings, captured in amber, strung on filaments of reason. Take a man’s memories and you take all of him. Chip away a memory at a time and you destroy him as surely as if you hammered nail after nail through his skull.”
Mark Lawrence, King of Thorns

Katie McGarry
“There are edges around the black and every now and then a flash of color streaks out of the gray. But I can never really grasp any of the slivers of memories that emerge.”
Katie McGarry, Pushing the Limits

Khaled Hosseini
“She would grab whatever she could - a look, a whisper, a moan - to salvage from perishing, to preserve. But time is most unforgiving of fires, and she couldn't, in the end, save it all .”
Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns

Philip Roth
“And since we don’t just forget things because they don’t matter but also forget things because they matter too much because each of us remembers and forgets in a pattern whose labyrinthine windings are an identification mark no less distinctive than a fingerprint's, it’s no wonder that the shards of reality one person will cherish as a biography can seem to someone else who, say, happened to have eaten some ten thousand dinners at the very same kitchen table, to be a willful excursion into mythomania”
Philip Roth, American Pastoral

Haruki Murakami
“And as the years have passed, the time has grown longer. The sad truth is that what I could recall in five seconds all too needed ten, then thirty, then a full minute - like shadows lengthening at dusk. Someday, I suppose, the shadows will be swallowed up in darkness.”
Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

Erica Bauermeister
“I am starting to think that maybe memories are like this dessert. I eat it, and it becomes a part of me, whether I remember it later or not.”
Erica Bauermeister, The School of Essential Ingredients

Jeanette Winterson
“Memory loss is one way of coping with damage.”
Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Julie Kagawa
“It would be dreadfully
ironic, I mused, if once I earned a soul, I forgot everything about being fey, including all my memories of her. That sort of ending seemed
appropriately tragic; the smitten fey creature becomes human but forgets why he wanted to in the first place. Old fairy tales loved that sort of irony.”
Julie Kagawa

Paul Simon
“Time it was
And what a time it was, it was
A time of innocence
A time of confidences

Long ago it must be
I have a photograph
Preserve your memories
They're all that's left you”
Paul Simon, Lyrics 1964-2008

Norman Doidge
“Not all activities are equal in this regard. Those that involve genuine concentration—studying a musical instrument, playing board games, reading, and dancing—are associated with a lower risk for dementia. Dancing, which requires learning new moves, is both physically and mentally challenging and requires much concentration. Less intense activities, such as bowling, babysitting, and golfing, are not associated with a reduced incidence of Alzheimer’s. (254)”
Norman Doidge

Louise Erdrich
“...Grandpa's mind had left us, gone wild and wary. When I walked with him I could feel how strange it was. His thoughts swam between us, hidden under rocks, disappearing in weeds, and I was fishing for them, dangling my own words like baits and lures.”
Louise Erdrich, Love Medicine

Sherry Thomas
“You might be the scariest girl I've ever met," he told her.
"Let's not be dramatic," she said drily. "I'm the only girl you can remember ever meeting.”
Sherry Thomas, The Perilous Sea

Erica Bauermeister
“I've been wondering," Isabelle commented reflectively over dessert, "if it is foolish to make new memories when you know you are going to lose them.”
Erica Bauermeister, The School of Essential Ingredients

D.D. Barant
“Deep spirit scanning,” Eisfanger says. His voice has a strange resonance to it, like I’m hearing him through a bad phone connection. “Don’t worry, it’s completely safe. Well, mostly.”


“Side effects have been documented,” he admits. “In a very small percentage of cases. Less than two percent.”

“What kind of side effects?” Suddenly I’m feeling nauseous. Feels like the ants are crawling around inside me now, which is exactly as disturbing as it sounds.

“Memory loss. Synesthesia. And occasionally … vestigial growths.”

“So I could forget my own name, start smelling purple everywhere and have an extra nipple sprout from my forehead?”
D.D. Barant, Back from the Undead

“ذاكرتي ضعيفة أعذرني لا أعرفك ، ألست من قال عني مجنون ؟ لايبدو عليَّ النسيان ، سبقني بك الكلام ، هل أنت صاحب النسيان ؟؟”
Sam Houssami

Ashim Shanker
“Bunnu was no amateur when it came to escape. And even in his drowsiest moments, he understood implicitly that to forget his circumstances, even for a short while, meant first to forget himself. Who he was and why he was—to strip it all bare and start from scratch, as it were. In his nearly 250 years of life and, now, as an old emaciated man completely estranged from his family and closest friends—albeit more by circumstance than by choice—he understood the importance of this process and revered it, for there were far greater things to be done and achieved in the dark, uncertain areas of existence than in those circumscribed—and thereby strained—by comprehensibility.”
Ashim Shanker, Only the Deplorable

“Forgetting is one of the most beneficial processes we possess.”
Nick Payne, Elegy

Nicholas Conley
“Yeah, they kinda swim around all pointlessly, doncha think?” Edna winced, squinting. Over and over again, in the same li’l old place. It’s madness. Glad I’m not a fish.”
Nicholas Conley, Pale Highway

Nicholas Conley
“He placed a cigarette in his mouth and sat down at his regular spot over in the white gazebo, where all the smokers were supposed to do their dirty business. He patted his pockets, searching for a lighter. Nothing. He’d forgotten to bring it.

But it wasn’t his fault. He was expected to forget everything because he was the lucky recipient of life’s final going-away present, that red velvet, chocolate-covered cake of wonderfulness that the doctors liked to call Alzheimer’s. With Alzheimer’s, suddenly nothing was his fault anymore. No fault. No blame. No choice. No freedom.”
Nicholas Conley, Pale Highway

“Death is a muscle memory that one never forgets.”
Greg O'Brien

“Alzheimer's is not about the past - the successes, the accolades, the accomplishments. They offer only context and are worthless on places like Pluto. Alzheimer's is about the present and the struggle, the scrappy brawl, the fight to live with a disease. It's being in the present, the relationships, the experiences, which is the core of life, the courage to live in the soul.”
Greg O'Brien, On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer's

James Hauenstein
“I have so much information stored up inside my brain that to add more I need to clean out my mind's cache once in awhile.”
James Hauenstein

Andrew Sean Greer
“A stroke. Robert has never been kind to his body . . . It is only the carrier of that wonderful mind, after all. A case for the crown. And Robert has cared for that mind like a tiger with her young: he has given up drinking and drugs, kept a strict schedule of sleep. He is good, he is careful. And to steal that--to steal his mind--burglar Life!Like cutting a Rembrandt from its frame.”
Andrew Sean Greer, Less

Oliver Sacks
“There is little or no hope of any recovery in his memory. But a man does not consist of memory alone. He has feeling, will, sensibilities, moral being... It is here... you may touch him, and see a profound change”
Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales

David Albertyn
“Antoine knows it is imperative that he wins. But he cannot remember why. Everything before this fight has faded into a distant and irretrievable past.”
David Albertyn, Undercard

Sonia Discher
“Minimize the fear of caring for someone with dementia, and preserve the caregiver’s sanity with personal, functional tips to understand and cope with the disease.”
Sonia Discher, Dealing with Early Onset Alzheimer's: Love, Laughter & Tears

“Memory loss teaches us not to entrance ourselves in the repetitive.”

Nancy Huston
“Tu avais commencé sous l'égide de Miranda à écrire des éloges du présent mais maintenant, son présent s'était rétréci jusqu'à n'être qu'un minuscule point de lumière, les ténèbres alentours te confondaient.”
Nancy Huston, Cantique des plaines

“...the idea of this illness lying low in the shadows, ready to swallow us up, too, at the bend of the road. the disease that eats away memory is surely the most awful of all, because it erases our past day by day, making us disappear little by little, until we've never existed.”
Cathy Bonidan, The Lost Manuscript

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