Quotations About / On: MEMORY

  • 71.
    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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  • 72.
    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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  • 73.
    Appealing workplaces are to be avoided. One wants a room with no view, so imagination can meet memory in the dark.
    (Annie Dillard (b. 1945), U.S. author. The Writing Life, ch. 2 (1989). On the kind of study a writer needs.)
  • 74.
    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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  • 75.
    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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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory; children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality.
    (George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. "Reason in Society," ch. 2, The Life of Reason (1905-1906, revised 1953).)
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  • 80.
    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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