Quotations About / On: MEMORY

  • 61.
    A life-long blessing for children is to fill them with warm memories of times together. Happy memories become treasures in the heart to pull out on the tough days of adulthood.
    (Charlotte Davis Kasl (20th century), U.S. Finding Joy, no. 73 (1994).)
  • 62.
    What has kept the world safe from the bomb since 1945 has not been deterrence, in the sense of fear of specific weapons, so much as it's been memory. The memory of what happened at Hiroshima.
    (John Hersey (b. 1914), U.S. novelist, journalist. Interview in Writers at Work, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1988).)
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  • 63.
    Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory.
    (Thomas Beecham (1879-1961), British conductor. quoted in Sunday Times (London, Sept. 16, 1962).)
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  • 64.
    "I have done it," says my memory. "I cannot have done it," says my pride, refusing to budge. In the end—my memory yields.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 5, p. 86, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Beyond Good and Evil, "Fourth Part: Maxims and Interludes," section 68 (1886).)
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  • 65.
    That is my major preoccupation—memory, the kingdom of memory. I want to protect and enrich that kingdom, glorify that kingdom and serve it.
    (Elie Wiesel (b. 1928), Rumanian-born U.S. writer. Interview in Writers at Work, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1988). "God" Wiesel added, "from the religious point of view is part of that kingdom.")
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  • 66.
    We went to Mannheim and attended a shivaree—otherwise an opera—the one called "Lohengrin." The banging and slamming and booming and crashing were something beyond belief. The racking and pitiless pain of it remains stored up in my memory alongside the memory of the time that I had my teeth fixed.
    (Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. A Tramp Abroad, ch. 9 (1879).)
  • 67.
    Human memory is a marvelous but fallacious instrument.... The memories which lie within us are not carved in stone; not only do they tend to become erased as the years go by, but often they change, or even increase by incorporating extraneous features.
    (Primo Levi (1919-1987), Italian author. The Drowned and the Saved, ch. 1 (1988).)
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  • 68.
    It seems to be a rule of wisdom never to rely on your memory alone, scarcely even in acts of pure memory, but to bring the past for judgment into the thousand-eyed present, and live ever in a new day.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Self-Reliance," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)
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  • 69.
    Men like my father cannot die. They are with me still, real in memory as they were in flesh, loving and beloved forever. How green was my valley then.
    (Philip Dunne (1908-1992), U.S. screenwriter. The narrator (Irving Pichel), How Green Was My Valley (1941).)
  • 70.
    The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant.
    (Salvador Dali (1904-1989), Spanish painter. The Secret Life of Salvador Dali, ch. 4 (1948).)
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