Quotations About / On:
I understood, by dint of digging into my memories, that modesty helped me to shine, humility helped me to triumph and virtue to oppress.
(Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. The Fall, p. 90, Gallimard (1956).)
All vital truth contains the memory of all that for which it is not true.
(D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. letter, Dec. 20, 1914. The Letters of D.H. Lawrence, vol. 2, eds. George J. Zytaruk and James T. Boulton (1981).)
The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten.
(Cesare Pavese (1908-1950), Italian poet, novelist, translator. journal entry, Feb. 13, 1944. The Burning Brand: Diaries 1935-1950 (1950, trans. 1961).)
Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions, false memories, false namings of real events.
(Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet. Of Woman Born, foreword (1976).)
Intelligence is the wife, imagination is the mistress, memory is the servant.
(Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by Lorenzo O'Rourke. "Thoughts," Postscriptum de ma vie, in Victor Hugo's Intellectual Autobiography, Funk and Wagnalls (1907).)
History takes time.... History makes memory.
(Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1932). "A Manoir," Last Operas and Plays, Rinehart (1949).)
Life is all memory except for the one present moment that goes by you so quick you hardly catch it going.
(Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Mrs. Goforth, in The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, sc. 3 (1963).)
Let him read what is proper to him, and not waste his memory on a crowd of mediocrities.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Books," Society and Solitude (1870).)
It is only by not paying one's bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes.
(Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. "Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young," in Chameleon (London, Dec. 1894).)
Alas! how little does the memory of these human inhabitants enhance the beauty of the landscape!
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 291, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)