Quotations About / On: REMEMBER

  • 51.
    Remember that you need not eat unless you are hungry.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, August 9, 1850, to Harrison Blake, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 186, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 52.
    Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
    (George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. Life of Reason, "Reason in Common Sense," ch. 12 (1905-6). William L. Shirer made these words the epigraph for his Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (1959).)
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  • 53.
    We are never happy; we can only remember that we were so once.
    (Alexander Smith (1830-1867), Scottish poet. Dreamthorp, "On Death and the Fear of Dying," (1863).)
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  • 54.
    I would rather be remembered by a song than by a victory.
    (Alexander Smith (1830-1867), Scottish poet. Dreamthorp, "Men of Letters," (1863).)
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  • 55.
    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).)
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  • 56.
    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 Address—taking him only about three minutes to deliver—is perhaps the most quoted speech of all time.)
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  • 57.
    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).)
  • 58.
    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).)
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  • 59.
    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.)
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  • 60.
    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.)
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