Quotations About / On: MEMORY

  • 51.
    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).)
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  • 52.
    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).)
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  • 53.
    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).)
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  • 54.
    In memory everything seems to happen to music.
    (Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Tom, in The Glass Menagerie, sc. 1 (1944).)
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  • 55.
    History takes time.... History makes memory.
    (Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1932). "A Manoir," Last Operas and Plays, Rinehart (1949).)
  • 56.
    The true art of memory is the art of attention.
    (Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. repr. in Works of Samuel Johnson, vol. 2, eds. W.J. Bate, John M. Bullitt, and L.F. Powell (1963). The Idler, no. 74, Universal Chronicle (London, Sept. 15, 1759).)
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  • 57.
    Memory, the warder of the brain.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lady Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 1, sc. 7, l. 65. "Warder" means watchman.)
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  • 58.
    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).)
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  • 59.
    Memory ... is the diary that we all carry about with us.
    (Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Miss Prism, in The Importance of Being Earnest, act 2.)
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  • 60.
    Television, despite its enormous presence, turns out to have added pitifully few lines to the communal memory.
    (Justin Kaplan (b. 1925), U.S. literary historian, biographer, editor. Quoted in Observer (London, June 9, 1991). On editing the 1992 edition of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations.)
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