Quotations About / On: MEMORY

  • 11.
    No memories of felicity save with faint ruffle of sorrow
    (Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. The narrator of "All Strange Away," in Rockaby and Other Short Pieces, p. 62, Grove Press (1981).)
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  • 12.
    Memories contain hidden editorials on current events.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)
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  • 13.
    In memory everything seems to happen to music.
    (Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Tom, in The Glass Menagerie, sc. 1 (1944).)
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  • 14.
    Tradition is a more interrupted and feebler memory.
    (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. 310, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 15.
    Obviously the facts are never just coming at you but are incorporated by an imagination that is formed by your previous experience. Memories of the past are not memories of facts but memories of your imaginings of the facts.
    (Philip Roth (b. 1933), U.S. novelist. The Facts (1988). Opening letter to Zuckerman, Roth's fictional alter ego.)
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  • 16.
    Mild brown eyes beckon me to the past, but memory provides no clue.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).)
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  • 17.
    Out of countless memories, invention selects a few that become "the story of my life."
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)
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  • 18.
    A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.
    (Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Renée de l'Estorade in a letter Louise de Macumer, in Letters of Two Brides (Mémoires de Deux Jeunes Mariées), in La Presse (1841-1842), Souverain (1842), included in the Scènes de la Vie Privée in the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971).)
  • 19.
    Our memories are card indexes consulted and then returned in disorder by authorities whom we do not control.
    (Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 3 (1944, rev. 1951).)
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  • 20.
    I think it is a matter of love: the more you love a memory, the stronger and stranger it is.
    (Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. Strong Opinions, ch. 2 (1973).)
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