Reminiscence Quotes

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Beryl Markham
“I have learned that if you must leave a place that you have lived in and loved and where all your yesteryears are buried deep, leave it any way except a slow way, leave it the fastest way you can. Never turn back and never believe that an hour you remember is a better hour because it is dead. Passed years seem safe ones, vanquished ones, while the future lives in a cloud, formidable from a distance.”
Beryl Markham, West with the Night

Ursula K. Le Guin
“And though I came to forget or regret all I have ever done, yet I would remember that once I saw the dragons aloft on the wind at sunset above the western isles; and I would be content.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Farthest Shore

Czesław Miłosz
“The living owe it to those who no longer can speak to tell their story for them.”
Czesław Miłosz, The Issa Valley

“The young have aspirations that never come to pass, the old have reminiscences of what never happened.”
Saki, Reginald

Sanober  Khan
“i have laughed
more than daffodils
and cried more than June.”
Sanober Khan

Marlene Dietrich
“Ich hab' noch einen Koffer in Berlin.”
Marlene Dietrich

Ogden Nash
“Remorse is a violent dyspepsia of the mind, But it is very difficult to treat because it cannot even be defined, Because everything is not gold that glisters and everything is not a tear that glistens, And one man's remorse is another man's reminiscence”
Ogden Nash, I'm a Stranger Here Myself

Rupert Brooke
“Ah God! to see the branches stir
Across the moon at Grantchester!
To smell the thrilling-sweet and rotten
Unforgettable, unforgotten
River-smell, and hear the breeze
Sobbing in the little trees.
Say, do the elm-clumps greatly stand
Still guardians of that holy land?
The chestnuts shade, in reverend dream,
The yet unacademic stream
Is dawn a secret shy and cold
Anadyomene, silver-gold?
And sunset still a golden sea
From Haslingfield to Madingley?
And after, ere the night is born,
Do hares come out about the corn?
Oh, is the water sweet and cool,
Gentle and brown, above the pool?
And laughs the immortal river still
Under the mill, under the mill?
Say, is there Beauty yet to find?
And Certainty? and Quiet kind?
Deep meadows yet, for to forget
The lies, and truths, and pain?… oh! yet
Stands the Church clock at ten to three?
And is there honey still for tea?”
Rupert Brooke, The Old Vicarage, Grantchester

Ilyas Kassam
“To want to tackle everything rationally is irrational.”
Ilyas Kassam, Reminiscence of the Present: Spiritual Encounters of the Analytically Insane

Beryl Markham
“The Old Days, the Lost Days -- in the half-closed eyes of memory (and in fact) they never marched across a calendar; they huddled round a burning log, leaned on a certain table, or listened to those certain songs.”
Beryl Markham, West with the Night

Christopher Hitchens
“[O]ne has to have endured a few decades before wanting, let alone needing, to embark on the project of recovering lost life. And I think it may be possible to review 'the chronicles of wasted time.' William Morris wrote in The Dream of John Ball that men fight for things and then lose the battle, only to win it again in a shape and form that they had not expected, and then be compelled again to defend it under another name. We are all of us very good at self-persuasion and I strive to be alert to its traps, but a version of what Hegel called 'the cunning of history' is a parallel commentary that I fight to keep alive in my mind.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

Robin Hobb
“...there was no point in sighing after what I could not have. It only distracted me from what I did have.”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Assassin

“The fifties are a peaceful time, a quiet sleeping time between two noisy bursts of years, a blue and white time filled with sweet yellow days, music and bright smelling memories.”
David Gerrold, The Man Who Folded Himself

Sarah Caudwell
“I began to be very worried about Desdemona. We are given to understand that Othello's courtship of her consisted almost entirely of stories beginning "When I was stationed among the Anthropophagi—" or "I must tell you about a funny thing that happened during the siege of Rhodes." The dramatist Shakespeare would have us believe that she not only put up with this but actually enjoyed it: can that great connoisseur of the human heart really have thought this possible?”
Sarah Caudwell, Thus Was Adonis Murdered

Suman Pokhrel
“I gather all of my sorrow and bring you in my reminiscence, I think of you and forget all of my pain.”
Suman Pokhrel

Randy Pausch
“I’ve often carried a crayon in my shirt pocket. When I need to go back in time, I put it under my nose and I take another hit.”
Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

Ishmael Beah
“He didn’t like remembering such things, but by now he was used to the way life was punctuated by such moments, which sent hooks into parts of the past one might prefer to forget.”
Ishmael Beah, Little Family

Khaled Hosseini
“Your mother, she used to be adventurous then, and... so *alive*. She was just about the liveliest, happiest person I'd ever met." He smiled at the memory. "She had this laugh. I swear it's why I married her, Laila, for that laugh. It bull-dozed you. You stood no chance against it."
A wave of affection overcame Laila. From then on, she would always remember Babi this way: reminiscing about Mammy, with his elbows on the rock, hands cupping his chin, his hair ruffled by the wind, eyes crinkled against the sun.”
Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns

Anna-Leena Härkönen
“Käymme Akropoliksella. Sataa tihuuttaa. Meitä palelee ja naurattaa. Nauramme yhdessä koko ajan, ilman mitään järkevää syytä. Saatamme nauraa kymmenen vuotta yhdelle ja samalle jutulle. Yleensä ne ovat tilannekomiikkaa, joku ilme tai lauseenpätkä, jotakin mitä ei voi kertoa eteenpäin koska kukaan ei ymmärrä.”
Anna-Leena Härkönen, Loppuunkäsitelty

Criss Jami
“Seamed a certain way, they seemed just the same: she was an extrovert, with a style stuck in the period she'd experienced the most fun; he was an introvert, with an intellect entwined at the harbor he'd ensured the most safe.”
Criss Jami

Stefanie Hutcheson
“George thought if she could have gotten her leg high enough that she would have kicked the computer. He saw her reach for the mouse and wondered if she was thinking about throwing it at the cable modem or router across the room. He moved a little to her left, just in case.”
Stefanie Hutcheson, The Adventures of George and Mabel: Based on an Almost (Kind of? Sort of? Could Be?) True Story

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