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Quotations About / On: MEMORY

  • 21.
    A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.
    (Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Renée de l'Estorade in a letter Louise de Macumer, in Letters of Two Brides (Mémoires de Deux Jeunes Mariées), in La Presse (1841-1842), Souverain (1842), included in the Scènes de la Vie Privée in the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971).)
  • 22.
    Our memories are card indexes consulted and then returned in disorder by authorities whom we do not control.
    (Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 3 (1944, rev. 1951).)
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  • 23.
    I think it is a matter of love: the more you love a memory, the stronger and stranger it is.
    (Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. Strong Opinions, ch. 2 (1973).)
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  • 24.
    Many a man fails to become a thinker for the sole reason that his memory is too good.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 430, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Mixed Opinions and Maxims, aphorism 122, "Good Memory," (1879).)
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  • 25.
    Everyone complains of his memory, none of his judgment.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 89 (1678).)
  • 26.
    Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector's passion borders on the chaos of memories.
    (Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), German critic, philosopher. repr. In Illuminations, ed. Hannah Arendt (1968). Unpacking My Library (1931).)
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  • 27.
    Are there memories left that are safe from the clutches of phony anniversarists?
    (W.J. (William J.) Wetherby, British journalist. Quoted in Guardian (London, August 18, 1989).)
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  • 28.
    But the iniquity of oblivion blindly scattereth her poppy, and deals with the memory of men without distinction to merit of perpetuity.
    (Thomas Browne (1605-1682), British physician, author. Urn Burial, ch. 5 (1658).)
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  • 29.
    Every one complains of a poor memory, no one of a weak judgment.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 90 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
  • 30.
    One learns little more about a man from the feats of his literary memory than from the feats of his alimentary canal.
    (Frank Moore Colby (1865-1925), U.S. editor, essayist. "Quotation and Allusion," vol. 1, The Colby Essays (1926).)
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