Quotes About Memory

Youth longs and manhood strives, but age remembers. . . .
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

The true art of memory is the art of attention.
Samuel Johnson

A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness.
Elbert Hubbard

The right honorable gentleman is indebted to his memory for his jests and to his imagination for his facts.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Forget and forgive.  This is not difficult, when properly understood.  It means that you are to forget inconvenient duties, and forgive yourself for forgetting.  In time, by rigid practice and stern determination, it comes easy.
Mark Twain

Literature transmits incontrovertible condensed experience . . . from generation to generation.  In this way literature becomes the living memory of a nation.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn

The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.
Calvin Coolidge

My yesterdays walk with me.  They keep step, they are gray faces that peer over my shoulder.
William Golding

Because I remember, I despair.  Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair.
Elie Wiesel

I do not bring forgiveness with me, nor forgetfulness.  The only ones who can forgive are dead; the living have no right to forget.
Chaim Herzog, at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp

Memory is the mother of all wisdom.

Memory is a net; one finds it full of fish when he takes it from the brook, but a dozen miles of water have run through it without sticking.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Everyone complains of his lack of memory, but nobody of his want of judgment.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Better by far that you should forget and smile than that you should remember and be sad.
Christina Rossetti

It is not so easy to forget.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan

 ‘Tis sweet to think on what was hard t’endure.
Robert Herrick

Our memories are card indexes consulted, and then put back in disorder, by authorities whom we do not control.
Cyril Connolly



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