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Memory quotes and quotations

The true art of memory is the art of attention.
Samuel Johnson

Memories are all we really own.
Elias Lieberman

For the memory of love is sweet, though the love itself were in vain. And what I have lost of pleasure, assuage what I find of pain.
Lyster

What we learn with pleasure we never forget.
Alfred Mercier

I have short-term memory loss, though I like to think of it as Presidential eligibility.
Paula Poundstone

Own only what you can carry with you; know language, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Memory feeds imagination.
Amy Tan

Creditors have better memories than debtors.
Benjamin Franklin

When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not.
Mark Twain

He who is not very strong in memory should not meddle with lying.
Michel de Montaigne

It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.
P. D. James

For the sense of smell, almost more than any other, has the power to recall memories and it is a pity that you use it so little.
Rachel Carson

The secret of a good memory is attention, and attention to a subject depends upon our interest in it. We rarely forget that which has made a deep impression on our minds.
Tryon Edwards

Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.
Michel de Montaigne

The palest ink is better than the best memory.
Chinese Proverb

Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person?
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

One must have a good memory to be able to keep the promises one makes.
Friedrich Nietzsche

There is not any memory with less satisfaction than the memory of some temptation we resisted.
James Branch Cabell

Yet how much less it were to gain, Though thou hast left me free, The loveliest things that still remain, Than thus remember thee.
Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

To live in hearts we leave behind, Is not to die.
Thomas Campbell

Friends depart, and memory takes them To her caverns, pure and deep.
Thomas Haynes Bayly

Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.
John Kenneth Galbraith

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

When promise and patience are wearing thin, When endurance is almost driven in, When our angels stand in a waiting hush, Remember the Marne and Ferdinand Foch.
William Bliss Carman

Though sands be black and bitter black the sea, Night lie before me and behind me night, And God within far Heaven refuse to light The consolation of the dawn for me,-- Between the shadowy burns of Heaven and Hell, It is enough love leaves my soul to dwell With memory.
Madison Julius Cawein

Oh, I have roamed o'er many lands, And many friends I've met; Not one fair scene or kindly smile Can this fond heart forget.
Thomas Haynes Bayly

It's a poor sort of memory that only works backward.
Lewis Carroll

I do perceive that the old proverb be not alwaies trew, for I do finde that the absence of my Nath, doth breeds in me the more continuall remembrance of him.
Lady Anne Bacon

Far from our eyes th' Enchanting Objects set, Advantage by the friendly Distance get.
Guillaume Alexis

Tell me the tales that to me were so dear, Long, long ago, long, long ago.
Thomas Haynes Bayly

Out of sighte, out of mynde.
Lady Anne Bacon

Remembrances embellish life but forgetfulness alone makes it possible.
General Enrico Cialdini

Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things.
Cicero

If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.
Bible

The mother may forget the child That smiles sae sweetly on her knee; But I'll remember thee, Glencairn, And all that thou hast done for me!
Robert Burns

The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.
Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

Oh, how cruelly sweet are the echoes that start When Memory plays an old tune on the heart!
Eliza Cook

Do not trust your memory; it is a net full of holes; the most beautiful prizes slip through it.
Robertson Davies

Don't you remember, sweet Alice, Ben Bolt? Sweet Alice, whose hair was so brown; Who wept with delight when you gave her a smile, And trembl'd with fear at your frown!
Thomas Dunn English

By every remove I only drag a greater length of chain.
Oliver Goldsmith

What peaceful hours I once enjoy'd! How sweet their memory still! But they have left an aching void The world can never fill.
William Cowper

A great many complimentary things have been said about the faculty of memory, and if you look in a good quotation book you will find them neatly arranged.
Robertson Davies

But woe to him, who left to moan, Reviews the hours of brightness gone.
Euripides

Memory [is] like a purse,--if it be over-full that it cannot shut, all will drop out of it. Take heed of a gluttonous curiosity to feed on many things, lest the greediness of the appetite of thy memory spoil the digestion thereof.
Thomas Fuller


Where'er I roam, whatever realms to see, My heart untravelled, fondly turns to thee; Still to my brother turns, with ceaseless pain, And drags at each remove a lengthening chain.
Oliver Goldsmith

Memory is the greatest of artists, and effaces from your mind what is unnecessary.
Maurice Baring

The charm, one might say the genius of memory, is that it is choosy, chancy, and temperamental: it rejects the edifying cathedral and indelibly photographs the small boy outside, chewing a hunk of melon in the dust.
Elizabeth Bowen

He who is not very strong in memory should not meddle with lying.
Michael de Montaigne

The more connections that can be made in the brain, the more integrated the experience is within memory.
Don Campbell

Remembrance wakes with all her busy train, Swells at my breast, and turns the past to pain.
Oliver Goldsmith

Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person?
La Rochefoucauld

Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.
Montaigne

The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant.
Salvador Dali

If I could remember the names of all these particles, I'd be a botanist.
Enrico Fermi

Memory depends very much on the perspicuity, regularity, and order of our thoughts. Many complain of the want of memory, when the defect is in the judgment; and others, by grasping at all, retain nothing.
Thomas Fuller

To be remembered after we are dead, is but poor recompense for being treated with contempt while we are living.
William Hazlitt

A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness.
Elbert Hubbard

Memory moderates prosperity, decreases adversity, controls youth and delights old age.
Lactantius Firmianus

God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.
J M Barrie

A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen.
Edward de Bono

Forget those things that aren't worth remembering.
Tim Foley

Every man's memory is his private literature.
Aldous Huxley