Quotations About / On: MEMORY

  • 71.
    It is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate to the present than it is to have it elude you and remain forever a harmonious conception of memory.
    (F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author, and Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948), U.S. writer. First published in Esquire (New York, June 1934). "Show Mr. and Mrs. F to Number—," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).)
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  • 72.
    All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.
    (Toni Morrison (b. 1931), U.S. fiction writer and essayist. As quoted in Grace Notes, Epigram, section 1, by Rita Dove (1989).)
  • 73.
    One learns little more about a man from the feats of his literary memory than from the feats of his alimentary canal.
    (Frank Moore Colby (1865-1925), U.S. editor, essayist. "Quotation and Allusion," vol. 1, The Colby Essays (1926).)
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  • 74.
    But the iniquity of oblivion blindly scattereth her poppy, and deals with the memory of men without distinction to merit of perpetuity.
    (Thomas Browne (1605-1682), British physician, author. Urn Burial, ch. 5 (1658).)
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  • 75.
    Always get rid of theory private object in this way: assume that it constantly changes, but that you do not notice the change because your memory constantly deceives you.
    (Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher, worked m.. Philosophical Investigations, Part II, p. 209e, Macmillan (1953).)
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  • 76.
    Memory is a net; one finds it full of fish when he takes it from the brook; but a dozen miles of water have run through it without sticking.
    (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809-1894), U.S. author, physician. The Autocrat at the Breakfast Table, ch. 12 (1858).)
  • 77.
    Nostalgia, the vice of the aged. We watch so many old movies our memories come in monochrome.
    (Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. Wise Children, ch. 1, Chatto & Windus (1991).)
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  • 78.
    Many a man fails to become a thinker for the sole reason that his memory is too good.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 430, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Mixed Opinions and Maxims, aphorism 122, "Good Memory," (1879).)
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  • 79.
    I think it is a matter of love: the more you love a memory, the stronger and stranger it is.
    (Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. Strong Opinions, ch. 2 (1973).)
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  • 80.
    The things that have come into being change continually. The man with a good memory remembers nothing because he forgets nothing.
    (Augusto Roa Bastos (b. 1917), Paraguayan novelist. I the Supreme (1974, trans. 1986, Faber revised edition, 1988).)
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