Quotations About / On: MEMORY

  • 41.
    People always complain about their memories, never about their minds.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Maximes, no. 89 (1678).)
  • 42.
    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).)
  • 43.
    Literature gives us a memory of lives we did not lead.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
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  • 44.
    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).)
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  • 45.
    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).)
  • 46.
    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).)
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  • 47.
    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).)
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  • 48.
    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).)
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  • 49.
    History takes time.... History makes memory.
    (Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1932). "A Manoir," Last Operas and Plays, Rinehart (1949).)
  • 50.
    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).)
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