Quotations About / On:
People always complain about their memories, never about their minds.
(François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Maximes, no. 89 (1678).)
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).)
I understood, by dint of digging into my memories, that modesty helped me to shine, humility helped me to triumph and virtue to oppress.
(Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. The Fall, p. 90, Gallimard (1956).)
All vital truth contains the memory of all that for which it is not true.
(D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. letter, Dec. 20, 1914. The Letters of D.H. Lawrence, vol. 2, eds. George J. Zytaruk and James T. Boulton (1981).)
The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten.
(Cesare Pavese (1908-1950), Italian poet, novelist, translator. journal entry, Feb. 13, 1944. The Burning Brand: Diaries 1935-1950 (1950, trans. 1961).)
Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions, false memories, false namings of real events.
(Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet. Of Woman Born, foreword (1976).)
Intelligence is the wife, imagination is the mistress, memory is the servant.
(Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by Lorenzo O'Rourke. "Thoughts," Postscriptum de ma vie, in Victor Hugo's Intellectual Autobiography, Funk and Wagnalls (1907).)
History takes time.... History makes memory.
(Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1932). "A Manoir," Last Operas and Plays, Rinehart (1949).)
Life is all memory except for the one present moment that goes by you so quick you hardly catch it going.
(Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Mrs. Goforth, in The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, sc. 3 (1963).)