Tradition is a more interrupted and feebler memory.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 310, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
Obviously the facts are never just coming at you but are incorporated by an imagination that is formed by your previous experience. Memories of the past are not memories of facts but memories of your imaginings of the facts.
(Philip Roth (b. 1933), U.S. novelist. The Facts (1988).
Opening letter to Zuckerman, Roth's fictional alter ego.)