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.
    History takes time.... History makes memory.
    (Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1932). "A Manoir," Last Operas and Plays, Rinehart (1949).)
  • 55.
    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).)
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  • 56.
    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).)
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  • 57.
    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).)
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  • 58.
    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).)
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  • 59.
    For my name and memory I leave it to men's charitable speeches, and to foreign nations, and the next ages.
    (Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. last will, Dec. 19, 1625. Works of Francis Bacon, vol. 3 (ed. 1765). Appointed Lord Chancellor in 1618, Bacon was removed from office three years later for accepting a bribe from a litigant. Alexander Pope summed up his character thus: "If parts allure thee, think how Bacon shined, The wisest, brightest, meanest of mankind." (Essay on Man, epistle 4, l. 281-2).)
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  • 60.
    For my name and memory I leave to men's charitable speeches, and to foreign nations and the next ages.
    (Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Last will, December 19, 1625. Works, vol. 3 (1765).)
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