Recollection Quotes

Quotes tagged as "recollection" (showing 1-30 of 39)
Virginia Woolf
“I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don't have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.”
Virginia Woolf

Vladimir Nabokov
“I think it is all a matter of love; the more you love a memory the stronger and stranger it becomes”
Vladimir Nabokov

Marcel Proust
“Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.”
Marcel Proust

Isaac Marion
“You should always be taking pictures, if not with a camera then with your mind. Memories you capture on purpose are always more vivid than the ones you pick up by accident.”
Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies

William Faulkner
“Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.”
William Faulkner, Light in August

Harold Pinter
“There are some things one remembers even though they may never have happened.”
Harold Pinter, Old Times

Lisa Unger
“It's strange how memory gets twisted and pulled like taffy in its retelling, how a single event can mean something different to everyone present.”
Lisa Unger, Beautiful Lies

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

“Recollection builds up our personality. Our individuality is based on all the little pieces we assembled in the past. ("The past was her best friend")”
Erik Pevernagie

John Green
“That brief walk was one of those moments he knew he'd remember and look back on, one of those moments that he'd try to capture in the stories he told. Nothing was happening, really, but the moment was thick with mattering.
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John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

Gabriel García Márquez
“In her final years she would still recall the trip that, with the perverse lucidity of nostalgia, became more and more recent in her memory.”
Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

“As we walk through life, fleeting emotional episodes may keep on twinkling, curl up in the hive of our recollection and enrich our imagination. In the same vein, esthetic allurement and poetic gracefulness may possess us, besiege our mind, light up our thinking and shape our future. ( Über alle Gipfeln ist Ruh”)”
Erik Pevernagie

Terry Pratchett
“The hippo of recollection stirred in the muddy waters of the mind.”
Terry Pratchett, Soul Music

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.”
Alexander Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo

William Wordsworth
“The thought of our past years in me doth breed Perpetual benediction: not indeed For that which is most worthy to be blest— Delight and liberty, the simple creed Of Childhood, whether busy or at rest, With new-fledged hope still fluttering in his breast.”
William Wordsworth

Kamand Kojouri
“Retrospect: the sweetener of life.”
Kamand Kojouri

“Reality does not create the entire womb of human life. We have eyes that witness truth and beauty. We are creatures that think, plan, dream, and remember. The lambent luminescence supplied by human memory reveals that we live in a dream world. Human imagination tied to memory tells us how to live today and forevermore.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Memory is a few lines snipped from a larger story that we are privileged to tuck away between the pages of our minds.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Our most potent memories include the taste and smells of foods we enjoyed as a child in part because it reminds us of who fed us a meal.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

“Human beings are self-motivated. The two desires that spur human action are hunger and love. Without memory, humankind would no longer hunger for love.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

“Imagination and recollection of cherished memories of the pastimes are closely related. We do not recall memories verbatim. As our perspective changes regarding our place in the world, we shift through our recollections and revise our memories. People possess the ability to edit their memories by repressing unbearable episodes and highlighting incidences that generate fond memories. How we perceive and comprehend ourselves in the past, the present, and the future shapes our evolving sense of self. Humankind’s ability to repress unpleasant events and humankind’s ability to act as the solo editors of our germinating awareness of the world that we occupy is ultimately responsible for activating our metamorphosing sense of identity.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

“We measure time through a mental framework trussed with two major stakes: memory and expectation. Memory is that spottiness that takes place behind the eyes: memory takes place in the cloistered theater that houses diffused still pictures. We file mental pictures that encapsulate our prior life into mental shelves for a wayward librarian to cull through and forward select recollection to the recall center whenever summoned. Expectations arise from thoughtful consideration of our future prospects in life.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

“There can be no intellectual, spiritual, or emotional life without the substratum of memory. Without cognition and awareness of beauty and appreciation of our limited time on planet Earth, humankind’s sojourn would be a colorless collage composed of the base acts of a biological mass endeavoring merely to survive. Without the ability to recall striking memories, our emotional life would be stillborn. Absent authentic memories, our life struggles would seem purposeless: human beings would exhibit no capacity to reflect awe when witnessing the bounty of nature’s plenitude or be able to take in and express intense reverence for all that is sacred. Without memory, there would not be a dais to support faith or any ability to imagine a God; the concepts of good and evil would be nonexistent; and the past and the future would become less relevant than the choice between salt or pepper, and paper or plastic.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

“Without the mellifluous notes of memory, there would be no songs to sing, no ballads dedicated to past afflictions or affections, and no church hymns celebrating the trials and tribulations of saints, martyrs, and holy deities. Without respect for memories for days gone by, we would lack impetuses to write poems or produce literature reflecting the bitter hardships and ineffable joys of human life. Without a reference to the past serving as an ethical compass pointing the way forward, we would be oblivious to the inequities committed by foes and the glorious deeds performed by our ancestors; we would lack the essential evenhandedness required of every caretaker; and we would be poor stewards of this planet. The loss of memory severs us at the stem from one another. Without the bond of shared memories, we would each remain forever unconnected to our brothers and sisters. Without the twigs of memory, we would lead a life as dry and disjointed as withered leaves scattered by a cruel wind.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

“In the space of solitude, a writer attempts to remember how they became whom they are but nobody’s memory is up to this demanding task. No matter how much a person harrows the fertile lanes of memory, some memories are lost by the passage of time, psychological defense mechanisms screen other memories from detection, the ephemeral character of other memories are invariably to elusive to arrest with reciprocal language.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Eraldo Banovac
“I've had several work addiction cycles in my life. Those were situations when important tasks were assigned to me. I took into account that people should remember me based on what I did rather than based on what I failed to do.”
Eraldo Banovac

“A lifetime of memories does not provide empirical proof of the value of living. No one memory has a quantifiable value to anyone expect the holder of the memory. Parenting in large part consists of creating positive memories for children. An accumulation of a lifetime of memories does create a musical score that we can assess from an artistic if not scientific perspective. Each happy memory generates a beat of minor joy that when strung together form the musical notes demarking a person’s prosodic inner tune.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Peter Julian Eymard
“The light-minded and coarse of soul enjoy nothing spiritually. Even pious souls that lack recollection will never experience spiritual joys. Frivolity of spirit is the greatest obstacle to the reign of God in the soul. If you wish to taste the sweetness of God and enjoy his presence, you must lead a life of recollection and prayer. Even so, your meditations will never yield true happiness if they are not based on Communion, but will only leave you with the sense of perpetual sacrifice.”
Peter Julian Eymard, How to Get More Out of Holy Communion

Patti Smith
“Some things melt before they become memories.”
Patti Smith, Devotion

“Our essential humanity is dependent upon humankind’s ability to join the past and the future with the present. Recollections and future projections grant us the ability to cogitate, analyze, and evaluate. Contrasting memories enable us to ascertain what is true and false, and determine what is charming, attractive, stunning, or sublime. Remembrance of the past serves to comfort us, awareness of the future offers us hope, while our dutiful engagement in the present is capable of arresting our complete attention.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

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