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Quotations About / On: MEMORY

  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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. Complete Works of Oscar Wilde, ed. J.B. Foreman (1966). Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young, Chameleon (London, Dec. 1894).)
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  • 54.
    For I loved the man and do honour his memory, on this side of idolatry, as much as any.
    (Ben Jonson (1573-1637), British dramatist, poet. "De Shakespeare Nostrati," Timber, or Discoveries Made upon Men and Matter (1641).)
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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    His memory is like wares at the auction—going, going, and anon it will be gone.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. "Jack Gentian" (posthumous), p. 371, Billy Budd and Other Prose Pieces, The Works of Herman Melville, vol. 13, ed. Raymond M. Weaver (1924). Spoken by "a young Croesus" about Jack Gentian.)
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  • 57.
    That one individual should awaken in another memories that belong to still a third is an obvious paradox.
    (Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentinian author. Evaristo Carriego, ch. 2 (1930). A biographical study of a poet of Buenos Aires.)
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  • 58.
    Are you not the oasis where I dream, and the gourd from which I drink in long draughts the wine of memory?
    (Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. Flowers of Evil, "Her Hair," (1859).)
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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.
    The Right Honourable gentleman is indebted to his memory for his jests, and to his imagination for his facts.
    (Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816), Anglo-Irish dramatist. Quoted in Memoirs of the Life of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, vol. 2, Thomas Moore (1825). Reply to Dundas.)
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