Quotations About / On: MEMORY

  • 71.
    Are you not the oasis where I dream, and the gourd from which I drink in long draughts the wine of memory?
    (Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. Flowers of Evil, "Her Hair," (1859).)
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  • 72.
    I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does.
    (Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentinean author. "A New Refutation of Time," Labyrinths (1964).)
  • 73.
    A man's real possession is his memory. In nothing else is he rich, in nothing else is he poor.
    (Alexander Smith (1830-1867), Scottish poet. "On Death and the Fear of Dying," Dreamthorp (1863).)
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  • 74.
    That one individual should awaken in another memories that belong to still a third is an obvious paradox.
    (Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentinian author. Evaristo Carriego, ch. 2 (1930). A biographical study of a poet of Buenos Aires.)
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  • 75.
    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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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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.)
  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    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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