Quotes and Sayings about Memory



"When I began we did not really have a lot of First Amendment law. It is really surprising to think of it this way, but a lot of the law - most of the law that relates to the First Amendment freedom of the press in America - is really within living memory."
- Floyd Abrams
(Related: America, First, Freedom, Law, Living, Memory, Press)

"History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul."
- Lord Acton
(Related: History, Soul, Burden, Memory)

"Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory."
- Franklin P. Adams
(Related: Memory, Nothing, Old)

"There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief."
- Aeschylus
(Related: Grief, Joy, Memory, Pain, Present)

"Memory is the mother of all wisdom."
- Aeschylus
(Related: Wisdom, Mother, Memory)

"Our sages of blessed memory have said that we must not enjoy any pleasure in this world without reciting a blessing."
- Shmuel Y. Agnon
(Related: Memory, Pleasure, World)

"I should be proud to have my memory graced, but only if the monument be placed... here, where I endured three hundred hours in line before the implacable iron bars."
- Anna Akhmatova
(Related: Memory, Monument)

"Wouldn't you like to have an augmented memory chip that you could plug into your head so you don't have to look everything up and remember everything?"
- Kevin J. Anderson
(Related: Memory)

"My memory of my mom is a wine glass in one hand and a cigarette in the other. She was a runway fashion model, and she was quite a glamorous woman."
- Loni Anderson
(Related: Mom, Fashion, Memory, Wine, Woman)

"The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician."
- Louis Armstrong
(Related: Jazz, Memory)

"Pictures and shapes are but secondary objects and please or displease only in the memory."
- Francis Bacon
(Related: Memory)

"For my name and memory I leave to men's charitable speeches, and to foreign nations and the next ages."
- Francis Bacon
(Related: Men, Memory, Name, Nations)

"Memory is the greatest of artists, and effaces from your mind what is unnecessary."
- Maurice Baring
(Related: Artists, Memory, Mind)

"God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December."
- James M. Barrie
(Related: God, December, Memory, Roses)

"For an actress to be a success, she must have the face of a Venus, the brains of a Minerva, the grace of Terpsichore, the memory of a MaCaulay, the figure of Juno, and the hide of a rhinoceros."
- Ethel Barrymore
(Related: Success, Grace, Memory)

"What happens is that your wretched memory remembers the words and forgets what's behind them."
- Augusto Roa Bastos
(Related: Memory, Words)

"The things that have come into being change continually. The man with a good memory remembers nothing because he forgets nothing."
- Augusto Roa Bastos
(Related: Change, Being, Man, Memory, Nothing)

"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
(Related: Man, Memory, Suffering)

"America is stronger than ever. We will forever remember those we lost on September 11, 2001. In honoring their memory, we will remain true to our commitment to freedom and democracy."
- Evan Bayh
(Related: America, Commitment, Democracy, Freedom, Memory, Will)

"Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory."
- Thomas Beecham
(Related: Music, Difficulty, Memory)

"Memory is not an instrument for exploring the past but its theatre. It is the medium of past experience, as the ground is the medium in which dead cities lie interred."
- Walter Benjamin
(Related: Experience, Lie, Cities, Memory, Past, Theatre)

"Memory is the first casualty of middle age, if I remember correctly."
- Candice Bergen
(Related: Age, First, Memory, Middle age)

"The camera relieves us of the burden of memory. It surveys us like God, and it surveys for us. Yet no other god has been so cynical, for the camera records in order to forget."
- John Berger
(Related: God, Burden, Forget, Memory, Order)

"Happiness is good health and a bad memory."
- Ingrid Bergman
(Related: Happiness, Health, Memory)

"Anticipation of movement, through muscular innervation and memory, by its retention of nerve impulse images, extend the present to the limit of a second or so."
- John Desmond Bernal
(Related: Anticipation, Memory, Present)

"Oh, to me not drinking is like being dead, almost. I sit here taking endless journeys down memory lane. It gets boring."
- Jeffrey Bernard
(Related: Being, Drinking, Memory)

"Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do."
- Wendell Berry
(Related: Nature, Deals, Decisions, Justice, Memory, Party, Politicians, Sense)

"There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory."
- Josh Billings
(Related: Imagination, Mistake, People, Memory)

"A Latin teacher told me I might make a good actress, and that stuck in my memory. I did some modeling, and Polanski gave me that small part."
- Jacqueline Bisset
(Related: Memory)

"Your mind, while blessed with permanent memory, is cursed with lousy recall. Written goals provide clarity. By documenting your dreams, you must think about the process of achieving them."
- Gary Ryan Blair
(Related: Dreams, Goals, Clarity, Memory, Mind)

"And the sad truth is that nobody wants me to write comedy. The Exorcist not only ended that career, it expunged all memory of its existence."
- William Peter Blatty
(Related: Truth, Career, Comedy, Existence, Memory)

"I have never seen a game's graphics look so sharp and clean. The sound design for the game is also unique on the Xbox. The memory on this system allowed us to provide the user with 5.1 Dolby surround sound for home theatre owners."
- Don Bluth
(Related: Design, Home, Memory, Sound, Theatre)

"Hill Street Blues might have been the first television show that had a memory. One episode after another was part of a cumulative experience shared by the audience."
- Steven Bochco
(Related: Experience, First, Memory, Television)

"Nigel might have an earlier date, but I think it's unprecedented from my memory. So it is a reminder to everybody that the public can move very rapidly on some issues and therefore what looks settled may not be."
- Jim Bolger
(Related: May, Memory, Public)

"Gratitude changes the pangs of memory into a tranquil joy."
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
(Related: Gratitude, Joy, Memory)

"A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen."
- Edward de Bono
(Related: Memory)

"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
(Related: Memory, Night, Solitude, Thinking)

"Context and memory play powerful roles in all the truly great meals in one's life."
- Anthony Bourdain
(Related: Life, Memory, Play)

"You can reconstruct the picture from chaos and memory's ruins."
- Kay Boyle
(Related: Chaos, Memory)

"I have always been amazed at the way an ordinary observer lends so much more credence and attaches so much more importance to waking events than to those occurring in dreams... Man... is above all the plaything of his memory."
- Andre Breton
(Related: Dreams, Events, Importance, Man, Memory, Waking)

"Memory, so complete and clear or so evasive, has to be ended, has to be put aside, as if one were leaving a chapel and bringing the prayer to an end in one's head."
- Harold Brodkey
(Related: End, Memory, Prayer)

"Memory in youth is active and easily impressible; in old age it is comparatively callous to new impressions, but still retains vividly those of earlier years."
- Charlotte Bronte
(Related: Age, Memory, Old, Years, Youth)

"One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory."
- Rita Mae Brown
(Related: Happiness, Memory)

"I believe the true function of age is memory. I'm recording as fast as I can."
- Rita Mae Brown
(Related: Age, Memory)

"How strange are the tricks of memory, which, often hazy as a dream about the most important events of a man's life, religiously preserve the merest trifles."
- Richard Burton
(Related: Life, Dream, Events, Man, Memory, Trifles)

"There is not any memory with less satisfaction than the memory of some temptation we resisted."
- James Branch Cabell
(Related: Memory, Satisfaction, Temptation)

"The very idea of carrying my memory into eternity devastated me, and I took refuge in atheism."
- Taylor Caldwell
(Related: Idea, Atheism, Eternity, Memory)

"If genetic memory or racial memory persists, is it possible that individual memory also exists from previous lives?"
- Taylor Caldwell
(Related: Memory)

"Many Nobel Prizes are awaiting good research to understand and explain the many mysteries of our bodies, such as the basic mechanism of memory or imagination."
- John Cameron
(Related: Imagination, Memory, Prizes, Research)

"It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards."
- Lewis Carroll
(Related: Memory, Poor)

"Memory is very important, the memory of each photo taken, flowing at the same speed as the event. During the work, you have to be sure that you haven't left any holes, that you've captured everything, because afterwards it will be too late."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson
(Related: Work, Memory, Will)

"We photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth can make them come back again. We cannot develop and print a memory."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson
(Related: Earth, Memory)

"I had some vague memory of visiting Canberra as a lad, when we came up with my father by car. But when I made the long train journey from Sydney to Canberra and arrived at the little stop, I did wonder slightly whether this really was the national capital."
- John Henry Carver
(Related: Car, Father, Journey, Memory, Wonder)

"The mind of a human being is formed only of comparisons made in order to examine analogies, and therefore cannot precede the existence of memory."
- Giacomo Casanova
(Related: Being, Comparisons, Existence, Memory, Mind, Order)

"The history of my life must begin by the earliest circumstance which my memory can evoke; it will therefore commence when I had attained the age of eight years and four months."
- Giacomo Casanova
(Related: Age, History, Life, Circumstance, Memory, Months, Will, Years)

"A Church which has lost its memory is in a sad state of senility."
- Henry Chadwick
(Related: Church, Memory, State)

"My children, as long as you live, the shadow of the Hiss Case will brush you. In every pair of eyes that rests on you, you will see pass, like a cloud passing behind a woods in winter, the memory of your father - dissembled in friendly eyes, lurking in unfriendly eyes."
- Whittaker Chambers
(Related: Father, Children, Eyes, Memory, Shadow, Will, Winter)

"A nation's life is about as long as its reverential memory."
- Whittaker Chambers
(Related: Life, Memory, Nation)

"Learning to read music in Braille and play by ear helped me develop a damn good memory."
- Ray Charles
(Related: Music, Learning, Memory, Play)

"Memory is the thing you forget with."
- Alexander Chase
(Related: Forget, Memory)

"Sweet is the memory of past troubles."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Memory, Past)

"Nothing stands out so conspicuously, or remains so firmly fixed in the memory, as something which you have blundered."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Memory, Nothing)

"The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Life, Living, Memory)

"Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Memory)

"Life is possible only by the deficiencies of our imagination and memory."
- Emile M. Cioran
(Related: Imagination, Life, Memory)

"Mexico is only a memory of childhood safety."
- Sandra Cisneros
(Related: Childhood, Memory, Safety)

"I think we're at risk with our democracy. I think we're dealing with the most closed, imperialistic, nastiest administration in living memory. They even put Richard Nixon to shame."
- Wesley Clark
(Related: Democracy, Living, Memory, Nixon, Risk, Shame)

"Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with with your self esteem."
- Kurt Cobain
(Related: Time, Drugs, Memory, Self, Self esteem, Waste)

"A good storyteller is a person with a good memory and hopes other people haven't."
- Irvin S. Cobb
(Related: People, Memory)

"There remains, however, the hope, at least in Russia, that, as sometimes happens in history, the memory of lost alternatives will one day inspire efforts to regain them."
- Stephen Cohen
(Related: History, Hope, Day, Memory, Russia, Will)

"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
(Related: canal, Literary, Man, Memory)

"A poet ought not to pick nature's pocket. Let him borrow, and so borrow as to repay by the very act of borrowing. Examine nature accurately, but write from recollection, and trust more to the imagination than the memory."
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(Related: Imagination, Nature, Trust, Act, Borrowing, Memory)

"I write journals and would recommend journal writing to anyone who wishes to pursue a writing career. You learn a lot. You also remember a lot... and memory is important."
- Judy Collins
(Related: Career, Memory, Wishes, Writing)

"We can never fully repay the debt of our proud nation to those who have laid down their lives for our country. The best we can do is honor their memory, ensure that their sacrifice is not in vain, and help provide for their families."
- Susan Collins
(Related: Sacrifice, Country, Debt, Help, Honor, Memory, Nation)

"Who knows what true loneliness is - not the conventional word but the naked terror? To the lonely themselves it wears a mask. The most miserable outcast hugs some memory or some illusion."
- Joseph Conrad
(Related: Hugs, Illusion, Loneliness, Lonely, Memory, Terror, Word)

"How cruelly sweet are the echoes that start, When memory plays an old tune on the heart."
- Eliza Cook
(Related: Heart, Memory, Old)

"One ought to have a good memory when he has told a lie."
- Pierre Corneille
(Related: Lie, Memory)

"It takes good memory to keep up a lie."
- Pierre Corneille
(Related: Lie, Memory)

"A good memory is needed after one has lied."
- Pierre Corneille
(Related: Memory)

"If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today."
- E. Joseph Cossman
(Related: Memory, Today, Want)

"I have a memory like an elephant. In fact, elephants often consult me."
- Noel Coward
(Related: Fact, Memory)

"It's as though all the terms of a family were present at one time rather than his dad and his mum. Not just a present authority, but the resident memory of what qualifies what else is the case."
- Robert Creeley
(Related: Dad, Family, Time, Authority, Memory, Present)

"I was asked to memorise what I did not understand; and, my memory being so good, it refused to be insulted in that manner."
- Aleister Crowley
(Related: Being, Memory)

"Romance like a ghost escapes touching; it is always where you are not, not where you are. The interview or conversation was prose at the time, but it is poetry in the memory."
- George William Curtis
(Related: Poetry, Time, Romance, Conversation, Memory, Prose)

"I do have a blurred memory of sitting on the stairs and trying over and over again to tie one of my shoelaces, but that is all that comes back to me of school itself."
- Roald Dahl
(Related: Memory, School, Stairs, Trying)

"I don't write down my experiences, but I have a very decent memory. I have tons of books in which I write down phrases as they occur to me. That's how I write songs. I'll need a line and I'll go through the books and find it, the right rhyme and everything."
- Evan Dando
(Related: Books, Memory, Right, Songs)

"A universe that came from nothing in the big bang will disappear into nothing at the big crunch. Its glorious few zillion years of existence not even a memory."
- Paul Davies
(Related: Existence, Memory, Nothing, Universe, Will, Years)

"No man surely has so short a memory as the American."
- Rebecca H. Davis
(Related: American, Man, Memory)

"There are so many things that poetry is about, one of which is memory."
- Peter Davison
(Related: Poetry, Memory)

"She glances at the photo, and the pilot light of memory flickers in her eyes."
- Frank Deford
(Related: Eyes, Light, Memory)

"It is all very well to copy what one sees, but it is far better to draw what one now only sees in one's memory. That is a transformation in which imagination collaborates with memory."
- Edgar Degas
(Related: Imagination, Memory, Now)

"There is no reality of consciousness independent of the effects of various vehicles of content on subsequent action (and hence, of course, on memory)."
- Daniel Clement Dennett
(Related: Action, Consciousness, Content, Reality)

"Time and memory are true artists; they remould reality nearer to the heart's desire."
- John Dewey
(Related: Time, Heart, Artists, Desire, Memory, Reality)

"We are all instruments endowed with feeling and memory. Our senses are so many strings that are struck by surrounding objects and that also frequently strike themselves."
- Denis Diderot
(Related: Feeling, Memory, Senses)

"Pithy sentences are like sharp nails which force truth upon our memory."
- Denis Diderot
(Related: Truth, Force, Memory)

"Was there ever in anyone's life span a point free in time, devoid of memory, a night when choice was any more than the sum of all the choices gone before?"
- Joan Didion
(Related: Life, Time, Choice, Choices, Memory, Night)

"Appealing workplaces are to be avoided. One wants a room with no view, so imagination can meet memory in the dark."
- Annie Dillard
(Related: Imagination, Memory)

"A great city, whose image dwells in the memory of man, is the type of some great idea. Rome represents conquest; Faith hovers over the towers of Jerusalem; and Athens embodies the pre-eminent quality of the antique world, Art."
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Related: Art, Faith, Quality, Idea, Athens, Conquest, Man, Memory, Rome, World)

"The last four years have not diluted the memory or weakened the resolve of our citizens. Four years later, our hearts still hurt for the families whose loved ones were murdered that day."
- John Doolittle
(Related: Day, Hurt, Memory, Years)

"No amount of time will weaken our allegiance to avenging those lost in the horrible attacks. America has a sharp memory, a firm resolve, and a commitment to her own."
- John Doolittle
(Related: Time, America, Commitment, Memory, Will)

"We do not know the true value of our moments until they have undergone the test of memory."
- Georges Duhamel
(Related: Memory, Moments, Value)

"Do not trust your memory; it is a net full of holes; the most beautiful prizes slip through it."
- Georges Duhamel
(Related: Trust, Memory, Prizes)

"My hunger and desperation, being an actor, an out of work actor - my memory of that is as fresh as an open wound."
- Griffin Dunne
(Related: Work, Actor, Being, Desperation, Hunger, Memory, Open)

"Tired mothers find that spanking takes less time than reasoning and penetrates sooner to the seat of the memory."
- Will Durant
(Related: Time, Memory, Mothers)

"Yesterday's just a memory, tomorrow is never what it's supposed to be."
- Bob Dylan
(Related: Memory, Tomorrow, Yesterday)

"Jewish persecution is a historical memory of the present generation and people fear it in the present day, and that's why those references are so much more powerful. I just understand that better now."
- Gregg Easterbrook
(Related: People, Fear, Day, Memory, Now, Persecution, Present)

"Meanwhile the fact that the connection with the activity of memory in ordinary life is for the moment lost is of less importance than the reverse, namely, that this connection with the complications and fluctuations of life is necessarily still a too close one."
- Hermann Ebbinghaus
(Related: Life, Connection, Fact, Importance, Memory)

"Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today's events."
- Albert Einstein
(Related: Events, Memory, Today)

"The sons of Judah have to choose that God may again choose them. The divine principle of our race is action, choice, resolved memory."
- George Eliot
(Related: God, Action, Choice, May, Memory, Race, Sons)

"And if the great fear had not come upon me, as it did, and forced me to do my duty, I might have been less good to the people than some man who had never dreamed at all, even with the memory of so great a vision in me."
- Black Elk
(Related: People, Fear, Vision, Duty, Man, Memory)

"It's my memory, and what happened between that moment 10 or 15 years ago and now, there's a lot of gray area."
- Tracey Emin
(Related: Memory, Now, Years)

"A man in my situation, my lords, has not only to encounter the difficulties of fortune. and the force of power over minds which it has corrupted or subjugated. but the difficulties of established prejudice: the man dies, but his memory lives."
- Robert Emmet
(Related: Power, Difficulties, Force, Fortune, Man, Memory)

"This kind of forgetting does not erase memory, it lays the emotion surrounding the memory to rest."
- Clarissa Pinkola Estes
(Related: Emotion, Memory, Rest)

"I feel, as never before, how justly, from the dawn of history to the present time, men have paid the homage of their gratitude and admiration to the memory of those who nobly sacrifice their lives, that their fellow-men may live in safety and in honor."
- Edward Everett
(Related: History, Men, Time, Sacrifice, Gratitude, Admiration, Dawn, Honor, May, Memory, Present, Safety)

"The common people have no history: persecuted by the present, they cannot think of preserving the memory of the past."
- Jean Henri Fabre
(Related: People, Memory, Past, Present)

"A good memory is one trained to forget the trivial."
- Cliff Fadiman
(Related: Forget, Memory)

"Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders."
- William Faulkner
(Related: Memory, Wonders)

"I was once married to a woman who could eat anything and tell you what was in it: the most complicated recipes. Her memory of taste - now that's what I call memory!"
- Morton Feldman
(Related: Memory, Now, Taste, Woman)

"Music is essentially built upon primitive memory structures."
- Morton Feldman
(Related: Music, Memory)

"To be a character who feels a deep emotion, one must go into the memory's vault and mix in a sad memory from one's own life."
- Albert Finney
(Related: Life, Character, Deep, Emotion, Memory)

"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
(Related: Memory, Past, Present)

"A memory is a beautiful thing, it's almost a desire that you miss."
- Gustave Flaubert
(Related: Desire, Memory)

"Love and memory last and will so endure till the game is called because of darkness."
- Gene Fowler
(Related: Love, Darkness, Memory, Will)

"An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't."
- Anatole France
(Related: Education, Being, Memory)

"Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered as our prince of peace, of civil rights. We owe him something major that will keep his memory alive."
- Morgan Freeman
(Related: Peace, Civil rights, Martin, Memory, Will)

"No memory of having starred atones for later disregard, or keeps the end from being hard."
- Robert Frost
(Related: Being, End, Memory)

"Memory is the treasure house of the mind wherein the monuments thereof are kept and preserved."
- Thomas Fuller
(Related: Memory, Mind, Monuments, Treasure)

"Memory depends very much on the perspicuity, regularity, and order of our thoughts. Many complain of the want of memory, when the defect is in the judgment; and others, by grasping at all, retain nothing."
- Thomas Fuller
(Related: Thoughts, Judgment, Memory, Nothing, Order, Want)

"Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory."
- John Kenneth Galbraith
(Related: Politics, Memory, Nothing)

"The greatest memory for me of the 1984 Olympics was not the individual honors, but standing on the podium with my teammates to receive our team gold medal."
- Mitch Gaylord
(Related: Gold, Memory)

"Another one of the old poets, whose name has escaped my memory at present, called Truth the daughter of Time."
- Aulus Gellius
(Related: Time, Daughter, Truth, Memory, Name, Old, Poets, Present)

"It has always been my practice to cast a long paragraph in a single mould, to try it by my ear, to deposit it in my memory, but to suspend the action of the pen till I had given the last polish to my work."
- Edward Gibbon
(Related: Work, Action, Memory, Pen, Practice)

"Both organizations are growing rapidly due in part to answering the urgent need in the community for services and programs to help with the day-to-day struggles that come with memory disorders."
- Leeza Gibbons
(Related: Community, Day, Help, Memory)

"Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream."
- Khalil Gibran
(Related: Dream, Memory, Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday)

"Time moves in one direction, memory in another."
- William Gibson
(Related: Time, Direction, Memory)

"Nothing prevents happiness like the memory of happiness."
- Andre Gide
(Related: Happiness, Memory, Nothing)

"Just this morning, out of a large memory for songs, and having been obsessed by them since childhood, suddenly, at the age of 84, I thought of a song I hadn't thought of in over 50 years. It came into my head unbidden."
- Tom Glazer
(Related: Age, Thought, Childhood, Memory, Song, Songs, Years)

"You get a letter from her agency embracing you into the family that says, 'It is our goal now to help you achieve your dream of being a songwriter, in John's memory.'"
- Arthur Godfrey
(Related: Family, Dream, Goal, Being, Help, Memory, Now)

"Man is the only creature we know, that, when the term of his natural life is ended, leaves the memory of himself behind him."
- William Godwin
(Related: Life, Man, Memory)

"I learned everything from that show, so it's just a wonderful memory to me. A lot of people would be embarrassed to admit that they were on 'Barney', but I embrace the fact. I just had such a wonderful time doing that show... I learned what a camera and prop is, and all that. I learned my manners too, so I guess that's a good thing!"
- Selena Gomez
(Related: Time, People, Fact, Manners, Memory)

"Hope has a good memory, gratitude a bad one."
- Baltasar Gracian
(Related: Gratitude, Hope, Memory)

"According to materialistic science, any memory requires a material substrate, such as the neuronal network in the brain or the DNA molecules of the genes."
- Stanislav Grof
(Related: Science, Memory, Network)

"Home is one's birthplace, ratified by memory."
- Henry Anatole Grunwald
(Related: Home, Memory)

"Well, one of the things I discovered in the course of looking back and writing about what I saw in my memory is that I was a closely observant person long before I became a reporter."
- Alma Guillermoprieto
(Related: Memory, Writing)

"I don't know what a painting is; who knows what sets off even the desire to paint? It might be things, thoughts, a memory, sensations, which have nothing to do directly with painting itself. They can come from anything and anywhere."
- Philip Guston
(Related: Thoughts, Desire, Memory, Nothing, Painting, Sensations)

"Memory is often less about the truth than about what we want it to be."
- David Halberstam
(Related: Truth, Memory, Want)

"Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind."
- Lionel Hampton
(Related: Gratitude, Heart, Memory, Mind)

"To liberate words means first to shatter their function as vehicles of idea, memory, hope, or regret."
- Thomas Harrison
(Related: Idea, Hope, First, Memory, Regret, Words)

"I'm very 'spur of the moment'. I'm always trying to think of fun things to do to create a memory."
- Josh Hartnett
(Related: Fun, Memory, Trying)

"There's not a good poet I know who has not at the beck and call of his memory a vast quantity of poetry that composes his mental library."
- Anthony Hecht
(Related: Poetry, Memory, Quantity)

"In college, my big money memory was saving up to buy a car with my boyfriend, whom I lived with."
- Christie Hefner
(Related: Car, Money, Boyfriend, College, Memory)

"His name, Buzz, fits. He can buzz along at 40 miles an hour when his genetic memory moves him."
- Joe Henderson
(Related: Memory, Name)

"I heard a definition once: Happiness is health and a short memory! I wish I'd invented it, because it is very true."
- Audrey Hepburn
(Related: Happiness, Health)

"A man of great memory without learning hath a rock and a spindle and no staff to spin."
- George Herbert
(Related: Learning, Man, Memory)

"I was helped by having a verbatim memory of what happened years ago, even if I can't remember what happened a couple of days ago."
- James Herriot
(Related: Memory, Years)

"What has kept the world safe from the bomb since 1945 has not been deterrence, in the sense of fear of specific weapons, so much as it's been memory. The memory of what happened at Hiroshima."
- John Hersey
(Related: Fear, Memory, Sense, Weapons, World)

"I don't think I think when I play. I have a photographic memory for chords, and when I'm playing, the right chords appear in my mind like photographs long before I get to them."
- Earl Hines
(Related: Memory, Mind, Play, Right)

"The headline is the most important element of an ad. It must offer a promise to the reader of a believable benefit. And it must be phrased in a way to give it memory value."
- Morris Hite
(Related: Memory, Promise, Value)

"As I like to say, the entire collective memory of the species - that means all known and recorded information - is going to be just a few keystrokes away in a matter of years."
- Dee Hock
(Related: Information, Memory, Years)

"Man is the only creature whose emotions are entangled with his memory."
- Marjorie Holmes
(Related: Emotions, Man, Memory)

"Memory is a net: one that 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
(Related: Fish, Memory, Water)

"My earliest acting memory is making up a play for my mom and dad called The Lonesome Baby. I have no idea what The Lonesome Baby was about. I just remember the title. But I'm sure it was an epic."
- Jane Horrocks
(Related: Dad, Mom, Idea, Acting, Baby, Memory, Play)

"If a line of poetry strays into my memory, my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act."
- A. E. Housman
(Related: Poetry, Act, Memory, Skin)

"Experience has taught me, when I am shaving of a morning, to keep watch over my thoughts, because, if a line of poetry strays into my memory, my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act."
- A. E. Housman
(Related: Experience, Poetry, Thoughts, Act, Memory, Skin)

"The creditor hath a better memory than the debtor."
- James Howell
(Related: Memory)

"A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness."
- Elbert Hubbard
(Related: Greatness, Ability, Forget, May, Memory)

"Intelligence is the wife, imagination is the mistress, memory is the servant."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: Imagination, Intelligence, Wife, Memory)

"Every man's memory is his private literature."
- Aldous Huxley
(Related: Literature, Man, Memory)

"To be here recovers from a state of soul, from a state of mind. I have the memory of the heart. I know what I received. I must have the will to give back to others."
- Jacky Ickx
(Related: Soul, Heart, Memory, Mind, State, Will)

"I think all writing is done through memory."
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante
(Related: Memory, Writing)

"Your memory is a monster; you forget - it doesn't. It simply files things away. It keeps things for you, or hides things from you - and summons them to your recall with a will of its own. You think you have a memory; but it has you!"
- John Irving
(Related: Forget, Memory, Will)

"Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart."
- Washington Irving
(Related: Heart, Memory, Sun)

"Memory is quite central for me. Part of it is that I like the actual texture of writing through memory."
- Kazuo Ishiguro
(Related: Memory, Writing)

"You dont have to hold on to the pain, to hold on to the memory."
- Janet Jackson
(Related: Memory, Pain)

"It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life."
- P. D. James
(Related: Life, English, Memory)

"Language is memory and metaphor."
- Storm Jameson
(Related: Language, Memory, Metaphor)

"I have to tell everyone that when I finish a film and it goes out and is released, I never look at my films again. I don't like looking back. I don't even like talking about 'em! So I'm really digging back in my memory because I don't like to sit and look at my films again."
- Jim Jarmusch
(Related: Film, Memory, Talking)

"The two offices of memory are collection and distribution."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Memory)

"The true art of memory is the art of attention."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Art, Attention, Memory)

"You never realize what a good memory you have until you try to forget something."
- Franklin P. Jones
(Related: Forget, Memory)

"An autobiography usually reveals nothing bad about its writer except his memory."
- Franklin P. Jones
(Related: Autobiography, Memory, Nothing, Writer)

"You never know when you're making a memory."
- Rickie Lee Jones
(Related: Memory)

"I was myself brought up with my brother, whose name was Matthias, for he was my own brother, by both father and mother; and I made mighty proficiency in the improvements of my learning, and appeared to have both a great memory and understanding."
- Flavius Josephus
(Related: Mother, Father, Brother, Learning, Memory, Name, Understanding)

"I think it killed the performance on a lot of the systems in the Labs for years because everyone had their own copy of it, but it wasn't being shared, and so they wasted huge amounts of memory back when memory was expensive."
- Bill Joy
(Related: Performance, Being, Memory, Years)

"It's been 25 years now, and truthfully, time sometimes blurs the memory."
- Bob Kane
(Related: Time, Memory, Now, Years)

"Television, despite its enormous presence, turns out to have added pitifully few lines to the communal memory."
- Justin Kaplan
(Related: Memory, Television)

"We can invent only with memory."
- Alphonse Karr
(Related: Memory)

"I was trying to figure out what a memory feels like."
- Charlie Kaufman
(Related: Memory, Trying)

"So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good."
- Helen Keller
(Related: Life, Heart, Friends, Memory)

"I've been to too many Dead concerts. There've been smokin' holes where my memory used to be."
- Ken Kesey
(Related: Memory)

"But I believe above all that I wanted to build the palace of my memory, because my memory is my only homeland."
- Anselm Kiefer
(Related: Memory)

"Someone knocks at the door of an apartment to borrow salt or sugar, people run into each other in the elevator, and in this way become inscribed in the spectator's memory."
- Krzysztof Kieslowski
(Related: People, Memory)

"They're very strong in memory. Didn't do very much in microprocessors or digital signal processing."
- Jack Kilby
(Related: Memory)

"Memory is a complicated thing, a relative to truth, but not its twin."
- Barbara Kingsolver
(Related: Truth, Memory)

"It's surprising how much memory is built around things unnoticed at the time."
- Barbara Kingsolver
(Related: Time, Memory)

"The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting."
- Milan Kundera
(Related: Power, Man, Memory, Struggle)

"Metaphors are dangerous. Love begins with a metaphor. Which is to say, love begins at the point when a woman enters her first word into our poetic memory."
- Milan Kundera
(Related: Love, First, Memory, Metaphor, Metaphors, Woman, Word)

"Memory tempers prosperity, mitigates adversity, controls youth, and delights old age."
- Lactantius
(Related: Age, Adversity, Memory, Old, Prosperity, Youth)

"No memory is ever alone; it's at the end of a trail of memories, a dozen trails that each have their own associations."
- Louis L'Amour
(Related: End, Memories, Memory)

"Ah, tell me not that memory sheds gladness o'er the past, what is recalled by faded flowers, save that they did not last?"
- Letitia Landon
(Related: Flowers, Memory, Past)

"The industry's memory is quite short, it's true."
- Diane Lane
(Related: Memory)

"You know, as you get older, the first thing you lose is memory. It seems to be happening with me."
- Bernhard Langer
(Related: First, Memory)

"A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience."
- Doug Larson
(Related: Mistake, People, Conscience, Memory)

"We know something of the history of the spread of Christianity, but much passed from recorded memory and much was transmitted by tradition whose accuracy has been repeatedly questioned."
- Kenneth Scott Latourette
(Related: History, Christianity, Accuracy, Memory, Tradition)

"All vital truth contains the memory of all that for which it is not true."
- David Herbert Lawrence
(Related: Truth, Memory)

"Elephants can live to an age of up to 70 or 80 years and they have a good memory. It could be they come across an area that is experiencing a drought. Then they continue on their path and run into people."
- Richard Leakey
(Related: Age, People, Memory, Years)

"There are three side effects of acid: enhanced long-term memory, decreased short-term memory, and I forget the third."
- Timothy Leary
(Related: Forget, Memory)

"In a memoir, I think, the contract implies a certain degree of truth. I think you have to be as true to your memory and your experience as you possibly can."
- David Leavitt
(Related: Experience, Truth, Memory)

"Men act like brutes in so far as the sequences of their perceptions arise through the principle of memory only, like those empirical physicians who have mere practice without theory."
- Gottfried Leibniz
(Related: Men, Act, Memory, Perceptions, Physicians, Practice, Theory)

"I have no memory for what happens in what books. I don't know when I might remember a scene, but beats me what book it's in because there are 14 of them now."
- Donna Leon
(Related: Books, Memory, Now)

"In the cellars of the night, when the mind starts moving around old trunks of bad times, the pain of this and the shame of that, the memory of a small boldness is a hand to hold."
- John Leonard
(Related: Boldness, Memory, Mind, Night, Pain, Shame)

"The past is still visible. The buildings haven't changed, the layout of the streets hasn't changed. So memory is very available to me as I walk around."
- Jonathan Lethem
(Related: Memory, Past)

"The book is openly a kind of spiritual autobiography, but the trick is that on any other level it's a kind of insane collage of fragments of memory."
- Jonathan Lethem
(Related: Autobiography, Memory, Spiritual)

"As an instrument for practical action, law is responsive to the wisdom of its time, which may be wrong, but it carries forward, sometimes in opposition to this wisdom or passion, a memory of received values."
- Edward Levi
(Related: Wisdom, Time, Action, Values, Law, May, Memory, Opposition, Passion, Wrong)

"Human memory is a marvelous but fallacious instrument. The memories which lie within us are not carved in stone; not only do they tend to become erased as the years go by, but often they change, or even increase by incorporating extraneous features."
- Primo Levi
(Related: Change, Lie, Memories, Memory, Years)

"There'll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them, and I am a poet of memory."
- Philip Levine
(Related: People, Memory, Poems)

"I have an old brain but a terrific memory."
- Al Lewis
(Related: Memory, Old)

"Saturday night is when my hair would be fixed up and that was my memory."
- Jenifer Lewis
(Related: Hair, Memory, Night)

"No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar."
- Abraham Lincoln
(Related: Successful, Man, Memory)

"We were interested in this notion of compression- a lot of the songs were really short so that you'd absorb them in memory rather than when you're actually hearing them."
- Arto Lindsay
(Related: Hearing, Memory, Songs)

"There's a preoccupation with memory and the operation of memory and a rather rapacious interest in history."
- Penelope Lively
(Related: History, Interest, Memory)

"I've always been fascinated by the operation of memory - the way in which it is not linear but fragmented, and its ambivalence."
- Penelope Lively
(Related: Memory)

"Indeed, as the above calculation indicates, to take full advantage of the memory space available, the ultimate laptop must turn all its matter into energy."
- Seth Lloyd
(Related: Energy, Memory, Space)

"Your body has such a memory."
- Kristanna Loken
(Related: Body, Memory)

"Memory is more indelible than ink."
- Anita Loos
(Related: Memory)

"I still went to church regularly every Sunday; that is we all went there together. I reverenced the family pew where we had assembled for so many years; and apart from that reason I hold it dear because it is associated in my memory with my mother."
- Pierre Loti
(Related: Family, Mother, Church, Memory, Reason, Years)

"I still have in my memory, almost agonizing impressions of a serious illness which I had when I was about eight years old. Those about me called it scarlet fever, and its very name seemed to have a diabolical quality."
- Pierre Loti
(Related: Quality, Illness, Memory, Name, Old, Years)

"True scholarship consists in knowing not what things exist, but what they mean; it is not memory but judgment."
- James Russell Lowell
(Related: Judgment, Memory)

"We as Americans and as humans have very selective hearing and very selective memory. We only hear what we want to hear and disregard the rest."
- Frank Luntz
(Related: Americans, Hearing, Memory, Rest, Want)

"Fortunately, I've also been an electrician, and that's a happy memory for me."
- James MacArthur
(Related: Memory)

"When we lose one we love, our bitterest tears are called forth by the memory of hours when we loved not enough."
- Maurice Maeterlinck
(Related: Love, Memory, Tears)

"When I was a child I had a best friend who lived across the road from me. When her mother died unexpectedly it was like losing a member of my own family. I think I am still affected by the memory of that loss."
- Margaret Mahy
(Related: Family, Mother, Friend, Losing, Loss, Memory, Road)

"History is a people's memory, and without a memory, man is demoted to the lower animals."
- Malcom X
(Related: History, People, Animals, Man, Memory)

"Although computer memory is no longer expensive, there's always a finite size buffer somewhere. When a big piece of news arrives, everybody sends a message to everybody else, and the buffer fills."
- Benoit Mandelbrot
(Related: Computer, Memory, News)

"We have committed the Golden Rule to memory; let us now commit it to life."
- Edwin Markham
(Related: Life, Memory, Now)

"The heart's memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good."
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
(Related: Heart, Memory)

"Grief is only the memory of widowed affections."
- James Martineau
(Related: Grief, Memory)

"Memory is a great artist. For every man and for every woman it makes the recollection of his or her life a work of art and an unfaithful record."
- Andre Maurois
(Related: Art, Life, Work, Artist, Man, Memory, Woman)

"That past is still within our living memory, a time when neighbour helped neighbour, sharing what little they had out of necessity, as well as decency."
- Mary McAleese
(Related: Time, Decency, Living, Memory, Necessity, Past, Sharing)

"We are a vibrant first-world country, but we have a humbling third-world memory."
- Mary McAleese
(Related: Country, First, Memory)

"We never really had any kind of a Christmas. This is one part where my memory fails me completely."
- Frank McCourt
(Related: Christmas, Memory)

"I would love to have a photographic memory. It would come in handy with the rants I'm given on Scrubs... often on short notice!"
- John C. McGinley
(Related: Love, Memory)

"Spirit of place! It is for this we travel, to surprise its subtlety; and where it is a strong and dominant angel, that place, seen once, abides entire in the memory with all its own accidents, its habits, its breath, its name."
- Alice Meynell
(Related: Travel, Accidents, Habits, Memory, Name, Spirit)

"Unless a man feels he has a good enough memory, he should never venture to lie."
- Michel de Montaigne
(Related: Lie, Man, Memory)

"We only labor to stuff the memory, and leave the conscience and the understanding unfurnished and void."
- Michel de Montaigne
(Related: Conscience, Labor, Memory, Understanding)

"Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it."
- Michel de Montaigne
(Related: Forget, Memory, Nothing)

"It turns out that my memory is just not that great, so for specific scenes with people doing stuff, sometimes I'd have the details all wrong or I couldn't remember what happened exactly, so I just let that be."
- Rick Moody
(Related: People, Memory, Wrong)

"Fond memory brings the light of other days around me."
- Thomas More
(Related: Light, Memory)

"A man at work, making something which he feels will exist because he is working at it and wills it, is exercising the energies of his mind and soul as well as of his body. Memory and imagination help him as he works."
- William Morris
(Related: Imagination, Work, Soul, Body, Help, Man, Memory, Mind, Will)

"All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was."
- Toni Morrison
(Related: Memory, Trying, Water)

"A strange thing is memory, and hope; one looks backward, and the other forward; one is of today, the other of tomorrow. Memory is history recorded in our brain, memory is a painter, it paints pictures of the past and of the day."
- Grandma Moses
(Related: History, Hope, Day, Memory, Past, Today, Tomorrow)

"The first pages of memory are like the old family Bible. The first leaves are wholly faded and somewhat soiled with handling. But, when we turn further, and come to the chapters where Adam and Eve were banished from Paradise, then, all begins to grow clear and legible."
- Max Muller
(Related: Family, Bible, First, Paradise, Memory, Old)

"Thus one memory follows another until the waves dash together over our heads, and a deep sigh swells the breast, which warns us that we have forgotten to breathe in the midst of these pure thoughts."
- Max Muller
(Related: Thoughts, Deep, Memory)

"Of these years nought remains in memory but the sad feeling that we have advanced and only grown older."
- Max Muller
(Related: Feeling, Memory, Years)

"Sometimes I get the start of a story from a memory, an anecdote, but that gets lost and is usually unrecognizable in the final story."
- Alice Munro
(Related: Memory)

"Memory is the way we keep telling ourselves our stories - and telling other people a somewhat different version of our stories."
- Alice Munro
(Related: People, Memory)

"I think it is all a matter of love: the more you love a memory, the stronger and stranger it is."
- Vladimir Nabokov
(Related: Love, Memory)

"A great memory is never made synonymous with wisdom, any more than a dictionary would be called a treatise."
- John Henry Newman
(Related: Wisdom, Memory)

"A great memory does not make a mind, any more than a dictionary is a piece of literature."
- John Henry Newman
(Related: Literature, Memory, Mind)

"I shall go the way of the open sea, to the lands I knew before you came, and the cool ocean breezes shall blow from me the memory of your name."
- Adela Florence Nicolson
(Related: Memory, Name, Ocean, Open, Sea)

"Many a man fails as an original thinker simply because his memory it too good."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Man, Memory)

"My memory of those places is better than my pictures. That's why I get much more satisfaction out of shooting thematic work that has to do with an idea that I'm searching for, or searching to express."
- Leonard Nimoy
(Related: Work, Idea, Memory, Satisfaction)

"The memory of that scene for me is like a frame of film forever frozen at that moment: the red carpet, the green lawn, the white house, the leaden sky. The new president and his first lady."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Film, First, Lady, Memory, President, Sky)

"It's like your children talking about holidays, you find they have a quite different memory of it from you. Perhaps everything is not how it is, but how it's remembered."
- Denis Norden
(Related: Children, Holidays, Memory, Talking)

"I was never very good at exams, having a poor memory and finding the examination process rather artificial, and there never seemed to be enough time to follow up things that really interested me."
- Paul Nurse
(Related: Time, Examination, Memory, Poor)

"States. Of course, I'm speaking only from memory."
- Edgar Wilson Nye
(Related: Memory, states)

"We are linked by blood, and blood is memory without language."
- Joyce Carol Oates
(Related: Blood, Language, Memory)

"I guess the painkillers wipe out your memory along with your ethics."
- Keith Olbermann
(Related: Ethics, Memory)

"The memory is like a cat scratching my heart."
- Marina Oswald
(Related: Heart, Memory)

"Three thousand people died at ground zero. Their families are entitled to a little bit of respect, to respect the memory of those poor people that died there. And how about the families of all those soldiers that died in the two ensuing wars? Aren't they entitled to a little bit of respect - the kids, the wives, the parents?"
- Carl Paladino
(Related: People, Kids, Memory, Parents, Poor, Respect, Soldiers, Wives)

"It was a hard time. It was something I would love to erase from my memory."
- Rafael Palmeiro
(Related: Love, Time, Memory)

"Memory is man's greatest friend and worst enemy."
- Gilbert Parker
(Related: Friend, Enemy, Man, Memory)

"There is no refuge from memory and remorse in this world. The spirits of our foolish deeds haunt us, with or without repentance."
- Gilbert Parker
(Related: Deeds, Memory, Remorse, Repentance, Spirits, World)

"The 1984 European Championships were held in France and that was something important. I felt on form then, even though I was practically always injured at all the World Cups. It's a great memory. But in any case, the past is past."
- Michel Patini
(Related: France, Memory, Past, World)

"Two aged men, that had been foes for life, Met by a grave, and wept - and in those tears They washed away the memory of their strife; Then wept again the loss of all those years."
- Jean Paul
(Related: Life, Men, Grave, Loss, Memory, Tears, Years)

"No trace of slavery ought to mix with the studies of the freeborn man. No study, pursued under compulsion, remains rooted in the memory."
- Plato
(Related: Man, Memory, Slavery, Study)

"Perhaps, to the uninformed, it may appear unaccountable that a man should be able to retain in his memory such a variety of learning; but the close alliance with each other, of the different branches of science, will explain the difficulty."
- Marcus V. Pollio
(Related: Science, Alliance, Difficulty, Learning, Man, May, Memory, Variety, Will)

"I have a hot memory, but I know I've forgotten many things, too, just squashed things in favor of survival."
- Iggy Pop
(Related: Survival, Memory)

"One lives in the hope of becoming a memory."
- Antonio Porchia
(Related: Hope, Memory)

"We are able to find everything in our memory, which is like a dispensary or chemical laboratory in which chance steers our hand sometimes to a soothing drug and sometimes to a dangerous poison."
- Marcel Proust
(Related: Chance, Memory, Poison)

"There is no man, however wise, who has not at some period of his youth said things, or lived in a way the consciousness of which is so unpleasant to him in later life that he would gladly, if he could, expunge it from his memory."
- Marcel Proust
(Related: Life, Consciousness, Man, Memory, Youth)

"It is fitting that a liar should be a man of good memory."
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian
(Related: Man, Memory)

"A liar should have a good memory."
- Quintilian
(Related: Memory)

"Time, which wears down and diminishes all things, augments and increases good deeds, because a good turn liberally offered to a reasonable man grows continually through noble thought and memory."
- Francois Rabelais
(Related: Time, Thought, Deeds, Man, Memory)

"My work has typically been about finding a means to express memory and commemoration for loss and grief."
- John Regan
(Related: Work, Grief, Loss, Memory)

"The repressed memory is like a noisy intruder being thrown out of the concert hall. You can throw him out, but he will bang on the door and continue to disturb the concert. The analyst opens the door and says, If you promise to behave yourself, you can come back in."
- Theodor Reik
(Related: Being, Memory, Promise, Will)

"Invention, strictly speaking, is little more than a new combination of those images which have been previously gathered and deposited in the memory; nothing can come of nothing."
- Joshua Reynolds
(Related: Invention, Memory, Nothing)

"Memory always obeys the commands of the heart."
- Antoine Rivarol
(Related: Heart, Memory)

"You have to have a short memory as a closer."
- Frank Robinson
(Related: Memory)

"Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person?"
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Memory)

"Everyone complains of his memory, and nobody complains of his judgment."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Judgment, Memory)

"I should remember more, and I have a pretty good memory."
- Cesar Romero
(Related: Memory, Pretty)

"Inspiration could be called inhaling the memory of an act never experienced."
- Ned Rorem
(Related: Inspiration, Act, Memory)

"My books are elegiac in the sense that they're odes to a nation that even I sometimes think may not exist anymore except in my memory and my imagination."
- Richard Russo
(Related: Imagination, Books, May, Memory, Sense)

"He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
(Related: Living, Man, Memory, Present)

"Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory; children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality."
- George Santayana
(Related: Experience, Children, Immortality, Memory, Parents)

"Outside speech, the association that is made in the memory between words having something in common creates different groups, series, families, within which very diverse relations obtain but belonging to a single category: these are associative relations."
- Ferdinand de Saussure
(Related: Memory, Speech, Words)

"The best Qualification of a Prophet is to have a good Memory."
- George Savile
(Related: Memory)

"Some men's memory is like a box where a man should mingle his jewels with his old shoes."
- George Savile
(Related: Men, Jewels, Man, Memory, Old)

"I'm always fascinated by the way memory diffuses fact."
- Diane Sawyer
(Related: Fact, Memory)

"But the memory of war weighs undiminished upon the people's minds. That is because deeper than material wounds, moral wounds are smarting, inflicted by the so- called peace treaties."
- Hjalmar Schacht
(Related: Peace, War, People, Memory, Wounds)

"Memory is the personal journalism of the soul."
- Richard Schickel
(Related: Soul, Journalism, Memory)

"Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response."
- Arthur M. Schlesinger
(Related: Science, Technology, Memory, Myth, Tradition)

"I cannot give a single concert at which I do not play one piece after the other in an agony of terror because my memory threatens to fail me. This fear torments me for days beforehand."
- Clara Schumann
(Related: Fear, Memory, Play, Terror)

"Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory."
- Albert Schweitzer
(Related: Happiness, Health, Memory, Nothing)

"I'm afraid that the United States is more isolated today than at any other time in my memory."
- Brent Scowcroft
(Related: Time, Memory, states, Today, United)

"The moral backbone of literature is about that whole question of memory. To my mind it seems clear that those who have no memory have the much greater chance to lead happy lives."
- W. G. Sebald
(Related: Chance, Literature, Memory, Mind, Question)

"The idea is that there is a kind of memory in nature. Each kind of thing has a collective memory. So, take a squirrel living in New York now. That squirrel is being influenced by all past squirrels."
- Rupert Sheldrake
(Related: Nature, Idea, Being, Living, Memory, Now, Past)

"Music, when soft voices die Vibrates in the memory."
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Related: Music, Memory)

"He is indebted to his memory for his jests and to his imagination for his facts."
- Richard Brinsley Sheridan
(Related: Imagination, Facts, Memory)

"That old man dies prematurely whose memory records no benefits conferred. They only have lived long who have lived virtuously."
- Richard Brinsley Sheridan
(Related: Benefits, Man, Memory, Old)

"For the first time in your conscious memory; for the first time in fact, since your were a baby; a single tear, full and warm, rolled down your right cheek and you fell into a very deep and entirely dreamless slumber."
- Dave Sim
(Related: Time, Baby, Deep, Fact, First, Memory, Right)

"People who think my books are autobiographical, which they're not, credit me with having a much better memory than I do. I do, however, have a powerful imagination."
- Curtis Sittenfeld
(Related: Imagination, People, Books, Credit, Memory)

"Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future."
- Lewis B. Smedes
(Related: Change, Hope, Forget, Future, Memory, Past)

"A man's real possession is his memory. In nothing else is he rich, in nothing else is he poor."
- Alexander Smith
(Related: Man, Memory, Nothing, Poor, Possession)

"I can still memory - taste the fresh buttermilk pancakes and hot buttermilk biscuits - both made with lard! - that were cooked on the top, or in the oven, of that ancient iron stove."
- Vernon L. Smith
(Related: Memory, Taste)

"My entire learning process is slow, because I have no visual memory."
- Georg Solti
(Related: Learning, Memory)

"Woe to that nation whose literature is cut short by the intrusion of force. This is not merely interference with freedom of the press but the sealing up of a nation's heart, the excision of its memory."
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
(Related: Heart, Force, Freedom, Literature, Memory, Nation, Press)

"Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag."
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn
(Related: Travel, People, Countries, Memory)

"Literature becomes the living memory of a nation."
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn
(Related: Literature, Living, Memory, Nation)

"Literature transmits incontrovertible condensed experience... from generation to generation. In this way literature becomes the living memory of a nation."
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn
(Related: Experience, Literature, Living, Memory, Nation)

"An angel has no memory."
- Terry Southern
(Related: Memory)

"As memory may be a paradise from which we cannot be driven, it may also be a hell from which we cannot escape."
- John Lancaster Spalding
(Related: Paradise, Hell, May, Memory)

"Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end."
- Madame de Stael
(Related: Love, Time, Fear, Beginning, End, Eternity, Memory, Sense, Symbol)

"The memory of my own suffering has prevented me from ever shadowing one young soul with the superstition of the Christian religion."
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton
(Related: Religion, Soul, Christian, Memory, Suffering, Superstition)

"I just hope it grows into where it was before because I want my son to see it. I want him to have a positive memory of it going forward, so he can be proud of his daddy."
- Scott Stapp
(Related: Son, Hope, Positive, Memory, Want)

"In order to be an image of God, the spirit must turn to what is eternal, hold it in spirit, keep it in memory, and by loving it, embrace it in the will."
- Edith Stein
(Related: God, Memory, Order, Spirit, Will)

"History takes time. History makes memory."
- Gertrude Stein
(Related: History, Time, Memory)

"I've a grand memory for forgetting."
- Robert Louis Stevenson
(Related: Memory)

"We know that if memory is destroyed in one part of the brain, it can be sometimes re-created on a different part of the brain. And once we can unravel that amino chain of chemicals that is responsible for memory, I see no reason why we can't unlock it and, essentially, wipe out what's there."
- J. Michael Straczynski
(Related: Memory, Reason)

"I think that we are already making steps toward mapping out the brain so we can identify the chemical patterns that create and store memory."
- J. Michael Straczynski
(Related: Memory)

"I've been very physical my whole life. I went out hiking and camping for days in the Australian forest, and when I trained at drama school for three years, we did a whole lot on stage-fighting techniques. And I was a dancer from 5 to 18, so I have a memory for choreography."
- Yvonne Strahovski
(Related: Life, Camping, Drama, Memory, School, Years)

"In every man the memory of the struggles and the heroes of the past is alive. But these memories are not incompatible with the desire for peace in the future."
- Gustav Stresemann
(Related: Peace, Desire, Future, Heroes, Man, Memories, Memory, Past)

"For the saddest epitaph which can be carved in memory of a vanished freedom is that it was lost because its possessors failed to stretch forth a saving hand while there was still time."
- George Sutherland
(Related: Time, Freedom, Memory)

"Observation is an old man's memory."
- Jonathan Swift
(Related: Man, Memory, Observation, Old)

"Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children."
- Charles R. Swindoll
(Related: Banks, Children, Day, Memory)

"Do your work for six years; but in the seventh, go into solitude or among strangers, so that the memory of your friends does not hinder you from being what you have become."
- Leo Szilard
(Related: Work, Being, Friends, Memory, Solitude, Strangers, Years)

"All is mine but nothing owned, nothing owned for memory, and mine only while I look."
- Wislawa Szymborska
(Related: Memory, Nothing)

"I have a writer's memory which makes everything worse than maybe it actually was."
- Amy Tan
(Related: Memory, Writer)

"I hope that memory is valued - that we do not lose memory."
- Studs Terkel
(Related: Hope, Memory)

"I wanted to have virtual memory, at least as it's coupled with file systems."
- Ken Thompson
(Related: Memory)

"Alas! how little does the memory of these human inhabitants enhance the beauty of the landscape!"
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: Beauty, Memory)

"By the time I was in sixth grade I could bound every country in the world from memory."
- Clyde Tombaugh
(Related: Time, Country, Memory, World)

"How many radio shows I did is lost to memory now; it's in the hundreds - maybe even close to being in the thousands - for the span of years from the time I was eight till I was about fifteen."
- Mel Torme
(Related: Time, Being, Memory, Now, Years)

"The memory management on the PowerPC can be used to frighten small children."
- Linus Torvalds
(Related: Management, Children, Memory)

"His nerve, his memory, and I can't remember the third thing."
- Lee Trevino
(Related: Memory)

"Memory is not wisdom; idiots can by rote repeat volumes. Yet what is wisdom without memory?"
- Martin Farquhar Tupper
(Related: Wisdom, Idiots, Memory)

"I didn't worry about it because I kind of felt I left a good message and memory with the people in terms of my work, and I always felt with a good record, I could always come back."
- Tina Turner
(Related: Work, People, Memory, Worry)

"Anyone who in discussion relies upon authority uses, not his understanding, but rather his memory."
- Miguel de Unamuno
(Related: Authority, Memory, Understanding)

"I've never really been anywhere, and now I get to go everywhere. I just have to make sure there's enough memory on my computer to hold all my pictures."
- Carrie Underwood
(Related: Computer, Memory, Now)

"Looking back across the years, so many pictures flash on the screen of my memory that just as I begin to see one clearly, another slides in, blotting out the first, itself to be pushed aside by the next and the next and the next."
- Conrad Veidt
(Related: First, Memory, Years)

"On the day I was born, or possibly on one of the following days, my father went on a walk in the forested hills and thought of a name for me. His first son was called Daniel, and Samuel in memory of one of his forefathers."
- Immanuel Velikovsky
(Related: Father, Son, Thought, Day, First, Memory, Name)

"My earliest memory is dreamlike: in a small orchard or garden I am carried on the arm, I believe, of my father; there was a group of grown-ups, my mother among them, and the group was slowly walking in the orchard, it seems toward the house."
- Immanuel Velikovsky
(Related: Mother, Father, Garden, Memory, Walking)

"Memory, in widow's weeds, with naked feet stands on a tombstone."
- Aubrey de Vere
(Related: Feet, Memory)

"Of what use is the memory of facts, if not to serve as an example of good or of evil?"
- Alfred de Vigny
(Related: Evil, Example, Facts, Memory)

"Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory."
- Leonardo da Vinci
(Related: Intelligence, Argument, Authority, Memory)

"Their memory's like a train: you can see it getting smaller as it pulls away And the things you can't remember Tell the things you can't forget that History puts a saint in every dream."
- Tom Waits
(Related: History, Dream, Forget, Memory)

"Memory that yearns to join the centre, a limb remembering the body from which it has been severed, like those bamboo thighs of the god."
- Derek Walcott
(Related: God, Body, Memory)

"People in cities may forget the soil for as long as a hundred years, but Mother Nature's memory is long and she will not let them forget indefinitely."
- Henry Cantwell Wallace
(Related: Nature, Mother, People, Cities, Forget, May, Memory, Will, Years)

"I feel that the thing that probably aided me the most in that scene with the dog was the utilization and using an actual recreation, affective memory, if you want to call it, of pain."
- Ray Walston
(Related: Memory, Pain, Recreation, Want)

"I been in the blues all my life. I'm still delivering 'cause I got a long memory."
- Muddy Waters
(Related: Life, Memory)

"And it sort of jogged a memory of something that I read at school and I read it, and I thought God this is it. So you never can tell. I could find something this afternoon."
- Andrew Lloyd Webber
(Related: God, Thought, Memory, School)

"Not only the Archivist alone but all who work for NARA are designated custodians of America's national memory."
- Allen Weinstein
(Related: Work, America, Memory)

"His impact would have been of transient memory and comparatively small importance, had not that impact occurred at a time and in a way to make it supply particulars from which momentous generalizations can properly be projected."
- Robert Welch
(Related: Time, Importance, Memory)

"I'll never forget anything about Middle Earth. That's part of my memory now so I won't miss anything."
- David Wenham
(Related: Earth, Forget, Memory, Now)

"Memory is a magnet. It will pull to it and hold only material nature has designed it to attract."
- Jessamyn West
(Related: Nature, Memory, Will)

"The memory, experiencing and re-experiencing, has such power over one's mere personal life, that one has merely lived."
- Rebecca West
(Related: Power, Life, Memory)

"Curiosity is as much the parent of attention, as attention is of memory."
- Richard Whately
(Related: Attention, Curiosity, Memory)

"I marvel at the resilience of the Jewish people. Their best characteristic is their desire to remember. No other people has such an obsession with memory."
- Elie Wiesel
(Related: People, Desire, Memory, Obsession)

"That is my major preoccupation, memory, the kingdom of memory. I want to protect and enrich that kingdom, glorify that kingdom and serve it."
- Elie Wiesel
(Related: Memory, Want)

"For an actress to be a success, she must have the face of Venus, the brains of a Minerva, the grace of Terpsichore, the memory of a Macaulay, the figure of Juno, and the hide of a rhinoceros."
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox
(Related: Success, Grace, Memory)

"Memory... is the diary that we all carry about with us."
- Oscar Wilde
(Related: Memory)

"It is only by not paying one's bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes."
- Oscar Wilde
(Related: Hope, Memory)

"Never make your home in a place. Make a home for yourself inside your own head. You'll find what you need to furnish it - memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things. That way it will go with you wherever you journey."
- Tad Williams
(Related: Home, Love, Trust, Friends, Journey, Learning, Memory, Will)

"In memory everything seems to happen to music."
- Tennessee Williams
(Related: Music, Memory)

"Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going."
- Tennessee Williams
(Related: Life, Memory, Present)

"Gratitude is not only the memory but the homage of the heart rendered to God for his goodness."
- Nathaniel Parker Willis
(Related: God, Gratitude, Heart, Goodness, Memory)

"There was a train that would come by our house every night, and I'd hear the whistle blow. That is the sweetest memory I have."
- Cassandra Wilson
(Related: Memory, Night)

"In my fifty years of experience and memory, I have seen the most amazing increase in the standard of living of a people ever achieved anywhere in the world. This is why I am so sure that our system of free competition and industrial development is sound and must be preserved."
- Charles E. Wilson
(Related: Experience, People, Development, Competition, Living, Memory, Sound, World, Years)

"As you get older three things happen. The first is your memory goes, and I can't remember the other two."
- Norman Wisdom
(Related: First, Memory)

"Memory is funny. Once you hit a vein the problem is not how to remember but how to control the flow."
- Tobias Wolff
(Related: Funny, Control, Memory)

"After Nixon resigned in 1974, he engaged in a very aggressive war with history, attempting to wipe out the Watergate stain and memory. Happily, history won, largely because of Nixon's tapes."
- Bob Woodward
(Related: History, War, Memory, Nixon)

"The effectiveness of our memory banks is determined not by the total number of facts we take in, but the number we wish to reject."
- Jon Wynne-Tyson
(Related: Banks, Facts, Memory)

"Only people have been through that miserable time will recall the pass from their deep memory."
- Zhang Yimou
(Related: Time, People, Deep, Memory, Will)

"In the past 3-4 years I've developed a habit of keeping numerous small cassette recorders in my house and in a bag with me so that I'm able to commit to tape memory song ideas on a constant basis."
- Dwight Yoakam
(Related: Ideas, Habit, Memory, Past, Song, Years)

"While it is true that Frank had a great sense of humor, he was also very serious about composing music. In reality there are only a handful of skilled players who can play his most complex pieces. It takes a lot of patience to learn and requires a fantastic memory."
- Dweezil Zappa
(Related: Humor, Music, Memory, Patience, Play, Reality, Sense)

"My memory is not even what most people's is, much less what it oughta be for a discussion like this."
- Warren Zevon
(Related: People, Memory)