Quotations About / On:
When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.
(Thomas Paine (1737-1809), Anglo-American political theorist, writer. Common Sense, ch. 4 (1776).)
Forgetting and remembering are governed by laws, but we cannot find out what they are.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).)
Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.
(W.H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden (1907-1973), Anglo-American poet. The Dyer's Hand, pt. 1, "Reading," (1962).)
Men fall into two classesthose who forget views and those who remember them.
(E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. A Room with a View, pt. I, ch. 15 (1908).
George Emerson's opinion repeated by Lucy Honeychurch.)
I'm just an old man and I smell bad, remember?
(Stanley Kubrick (b. 1928), U.S. director, screenwriter. Vincent Rapallo (Frank Silvera), Killer's Kiss, to the attractive woman who rebuffed his advances earlier (1955).)
Friendship is evanescent in every man's experience, and remembered like heat lightning in past summers.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 277, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
Sorrow is tranquility remembered in emotion.
(Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), U.S. humorous writer. Here Lies, "Sentiment," (1939).
For the original, see Wordsworth on poetry.)
There was more foolery yet, if I could remember it.
(William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Casca, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 2, l. 287.
Reporting to Cassius what happened when Caesar addressed the people of Rome.)
Adieu, adieu, adieu! remember me.
(William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ghost, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 5, l. 91.
His father's ghost gives a final command to Hamlet.)
Can anybody remember when the times were not hard, and money not scarce?
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Society and Solitude, "Works and Days," (1870).)