Quotations About / On: MEMORY

  • 21.
    It takes good memory to keep up a lie.
    (Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Cliton, in The Liar (Le Menteur), act 4, sc. 5 (1644).)
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  • 22.
    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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  • 23.
    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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  • 24.
    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).)
  • 25.
    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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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    Many a man fails to become a thinker for the sole reason that his memory is too good.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 430, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Mixed Opinions and Maxims, aphorism 122, "Good Memory," (1879).)
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  • 28.
    Everyone complains of his memory, none of his judgment.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 89 (1678).)
  • 29.
    Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector's passion borders on the chaos of memories.
    (Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), German critic, philosopher. repr. In Illuminations, ed. Hannah Arendt (1968). Unpacking My Library (1931).)
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  • 30.
    Are there memories left that are safe from the clutches of phony anniversarists?
    (W.J. (William J.) Wetherby, British journalist. Quoted in Guardian (London, August 18, 1989).)
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