Quotations About / On: MEMORY
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).)
That translucent alabaster of our memories.
(Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. "The Captive," pt. 2, ch. 2, Remembrance of Things Past, vol. 10 (1923), trans. by Scott Moncrieff (1929).)
People always complain about their memories, never about their minds.
(François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Maximes, no. 89 (1678).)
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).)
A memory is a beautiful thing, it's almost a desire that you miss.
(Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Letter, March 15, 1842, to Ernest Chevalier, trans. by William G. Allen. Correspondance, I, p. 102, Conard (1926-1933).)
Literature gives us a memory of lives we did not lead.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)