Quotations About / On:
It is so hard to forget what it is worse than useless to remember!
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Life Without Principle" (1863), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, pp. 474-475, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
The world will little note nor long remember what we say here.
(Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. speech, Nov. 19, 1863. Gettysburg Address, Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 7, ed. Roy P. Basler (1953).
Lincoln's Gettysburg Addresstaking him only about three minutes to deliveris perhaps the most quoted speech of all time.)
The extraordinary ability of a woman to forget is not the same as the talent of a lady not to be able to remember.
(Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).)
We've all got to remember to pick our battles carefully, to be prepared to lose small ones, and to hold out for big ones.
(Marge Kennedy (20th century), U.S. writer, and Janet Spencer King, writer. The Single Parent Family, ch. 1 (1994).)
We cannot always assure the future of our friends; we have a better chance of assuring our future if we remember who our friends are.
(Henry Kissinger (b. 1923), German-born U.S. Republican politician, secretary of state. "A Visit to the Shah of Iran," ch. 29, The White House Years (1979).
Said of the changing U.S. policy toward the Shah of Iran.)
Hard though it may be to accept, remember that guilt is sometimes a friendly internal voice reminding you that you're messing up.
(Marge Kennedy (20th century), U.S. writer, and Janet Spencer King, writer. The Single Parent Family, ch. 6 (1994).)
We cannot remember too often that when we observe nature, and especially the ordering of nature, it is always ourselves alone we are observing.
(G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook J," aph. 65, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).)
I have often seen an actor laugh off the stage, but I don't remember ever having seen one weep.
(Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). Paradox on Acting (first published 1830).)
Courtesy is breeding. Breeding is an excellent thing. Always remember that.
(Lillian Hellman (1905-1984), U.S. playwright and memoirist. The Children's Hour, act 1 (1934).
Spoken by the character named Mrs. Lily Mortar.)
She remembered home as a place where there were always too many children, a cross man and work piling up around a sick woman.
(Willa Cather (1873-1947), U.S. novelist. Jim Burden, in My Antonia, book III, ch. IV (1918; rev. 1926).
The narrator sums up Lina Lingard's critique of home and family.)