Quotations About / On:
An angel has no memory.
(Terry Southern (b. 1924), U.S. screenwriter, and Roger Vadim. Pygar (John Philip Law), Barbarella, as he rescues both Barbarella and the evil Black Queenthe film's final line (1968).
Film is based on the comic strip by Jean-Claude Forest.)
Memory is imagination pinned down.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
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).)
Creative memory is the historian's most subtle opponent.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
Every one complains of a poor memory, no one of a weak judgment.
(François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 90 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.
(Milan Kundera (b. 1929), Czech author, critic. Mirek, in The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, pt. 1, ch. 2 (1978, trans. 1980).)
The selective memory isn't selective enough.
(Blake Morrison (b. 1950), British poet, critic. Independent on Sunday (London, June 16, 1991).)