Quotations About / On: REMEMBER

  • 71.
    We commonly do not remember that it is, after all, always the first person that is speaking.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, pp. 3-4, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 72.
    I dislike modern memoirs. They are generally written by people who have either entirely lost their memories, or have never done anything worth remembering.
    (Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Ernest, in The Critic as Artist, pt. 1, published in Intentions (1891). He continued, "which, however, is, no doubt, the true explanation of their popularity, as the English public always feels perfectly at its ease when a mediocrity is talking to it." In reply, Gilbert disagreed with Ernest's view of autobiography: "In literature mere egotism is delightful.")
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  • 73.
    Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.
    (John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. The Stones of Venice, vol. I, ch. 2 (1851).)
  • 74.
    The issue is a mighty one for all people and all time; and whoever aids the right, will be appreciated and remembered.
    (Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Letter to Abram Wakeman, July 25, 1864. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 7, p. 461, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).)
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  • 75.
    The return of my birthday, if I remember it, fills me with thoughts which it seems to be the general care of humanity to escape.
    (Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. letter, Sept. 21, 1773, to Hester Thrale. The Letters of Samuel Johnson, vol. 1, no. 326, ed. R.W. Chapman (1952). Johnson added, "I can now look back upon threescore and four years, in which little has been done, and little has been enjoyed, a life diversified by misery, spent part in the sluggishness of penury, and part under the violence of pain, in gloomy discontent, or importunate distress.")
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  • 76.
    The necessity of labor and conversation with many men and things to the scholar is rarely well remembered.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 108, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 77.
    Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
    (Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Gilbert, in The Critic as Artist, pt. 1, published in Intentions (1891).)
  • 78.
    Solitude is dangerous to reason, without being favourable to virtue.... Remember that the solitary mortal is certainly luxurious, probably superstitious, and possibly mad.
    (Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. repr. In Johnsonian Miscellanies, vol. 1, ed. George Birkbeck Hill, p. 219 (1891). Quoted in Hester Piozzi, Anecdotes of the Late Samuel Johnson (1786).)
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  • 79.
    How little remains of the man I once was, save the memory of him! But remembering is only a new form of suffering.
    (Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. Samuel Cramer, in La Fanfarlo (1847), trans. 1986.)
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  • 80.
    A man could spend the rest of his life trying to remember what he shouldn't have said.
    (Abraham Polonsky (b. 1910), U.S. screenwriter, and Ira Wolfert (b. 1908). Joe Morse (John Garfield), Force of Evil, narrating (1948).)
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