Quotations on Memory

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When I began we did not really have a lot of First Amendment law. It is really surprising to think of it this way, but a lot of the law - most of the law that relates to the First Amendment freedom of the press in America - is really within living memory.
- Floyd Abrams
(Keywords: America, First, Freedom, Law, Living, Memory, Press)

There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.
- Aeschylus
(Keywords: Grief, Joy, Memory, Pain, Present)

My memory of my mom is a wine glass in one hand and a cigarette in the other. She was a runway fashion model, and she was quite a glamorous woman.
- Loni Anderson
(Keywords: Mom, Fashion, Memory, Wine, Woman)

For my name and memory I leave to men's charitable speeches, and to foreign nations and the next ages.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Men, Memory, Name, Nations)

Memory is the greatest of artists, and effaces from your mind what is unnecessary.
- Maurice Baring
(Keywords: Artists, Memory, Mind)

God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.
- James M. Barrie
(Keywords: God, December, Memory, Roses)

The things that have come into being change continually. The man with a good memory remembers nothing because he forgets nothing.
- Augusto Roa Bastos
(Keywords: Change, Being, Man, Memory, Nothing)

How little remains of the man I once was, save the memory of him! But remembering is only a new form of suffering.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Man, Memory, Suffering)

America is stronger than ever. We will forever remember those we lost on September 11, 2001. In honoring their memory, we will remain true to our commitment to freedom and democracy.
- Evan Bayh
(Keywords: America, Commitment, Democracy, Freedom, Memory, Will)

Memory is not an instrument for exploring the past but its theatre. It is the medium of past experience, as the ground is the medium in which dead cities lie interred.
- Walter Benjamin
(Keywords: Experience, Lie, Cities, Memory, Past, Theatre)

Memory is the first casualty of middle age, if I remember correctly.
- Candice Bergen
(Keywords: Age, First, Memory, Middle age)

The camera relieves us of the burden of memory. It surveys us like God, and it surveys for us. Yet no other god has been so cynical, for the camera records in order to forget.
- John Berger
(Keywords: God, Burden, Forget, Memory, Order)

Anticipation of movement, through muscular innervation and memory, by its retention of nerve impulse images, extend the present to the limit of a second or so.
- John Desmond Bernal
(Keywords: Anticipation, Memory, Present)

Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.
- Wendell Berry
(Keywords: Nature, Deals, Decisions, Justice, Memory, Party, Politicians, Sense)

Your mind, while blessed with permanent memory, is cursed with lousy recall. Written goals provide clarity. By documenting your dreams, you must think about the process of achieving them.
- Gary Ryan Blair
(Keywords: Dreams, Goals, Clarity, Memory, Mind)

I have never seen a game's graphics look so sharp and clean. The sound design for the game is also unique on the Xbox. The memory on this system allowed us to provide the user with 5.1 Dolby surround sound for home theatre owners.
- Don Bluth
(Keywords: Design, Home, Memory, Sound, Theatre)

Hill Street Blues might have been the first television show that had a memory. One episode after another was part of a cumulative experience shared by the audience.
- Steven Bochco
(Keywords: Experience, First, Memory, Television)

Nigel might have an earlier date, but I think it's unprecedented from my memory. So it is a reminder to everybody that the public can move very rapidly on some issues and therefore what looks settled may not be.
- Jim Bolger
(Keywords: May, Memory, Public)

Context and memory play powerful roles in all the truly great meals in one's life.
- Anthony Bourdain
(Keywords: Life, Memory, Play)

I have always been amazed at the way an ordinary observer lends so much more credence and attaches so much more importance to waking events than to those occurring in dreams... Man... is above all the plaything of his memory.
- Andre Breton
(Keywords: Dreams, Events, Importance, Man, Memory, Waking)

Memory, so complete and clear or so evasive, has to be ended, has to be put aside, as if one were leaving a chapel and bringing the prayer to an end in one's head.
- Harold Brodkey
(Keywords: End, Memory, Prayer)

Memory in youth is active and easily impressible; in old age it is comparatively callous to new impressions, but still retains vividly those of earlier years.
- Charlotte Bronte
(Keywords: Age, Memory, Old, Years, Youth)

How strange are the tricks of memory, which, often hazy as a dream about the most important events of a man's life, religiously preserve the merest trifles.
- Richard Burton
(Keywords: Life, Dream, Events, Man, Memory, Trifles)

Many Nobel Prizes are awaiting good research to understand and explain the many mysteries of our bodies, such as the basic mechanism of memory or imagination.
- John Cameron
(Keywords: Imagination, Memory, Prizes, Research)

Memory is very important, the memory of each photo taken, flowing at the same speed as the event. During the work, you have to be sure that you haven't left any holes, that you've captured everything, because afterwards it will be too late.
- Henri Cartier-Bresson
(Keywords: Work, Memory, Will)

I had some vague memory of visiting Canberra as a lad, when we came up with my father by car. But when I made the long train journey from Sydney to Canberra and arrived at the little stop, I did wonder slightly whether this really was the national capital.
- John Henry Carver
(Keywords: Car, Father, Journey, Memory, Wonder)

The mind of a human being is formed only of comparisons made in order to examine analogies, and therefore cannot precede the existence of memory.
- Giacomo Casanova
(Keywords: Being, Comparisons, Existence, Memory, Mind, Order)

The history of my life must begin by the earliest circumstance which my memory can evoke; it will therefore commence when I had attained the age of eight years and four months.
- Giacomo Casanova
(Keywords: Age, History, Life, Circumstance, Memory, Months, Will, Years)

A Church which has lost its memory is in a sad state of senility.
- Henry Chadwick
(Keywords: Church, Memory, State)

My children, as long as you live, the shadow of the Hiss Case will brush you. In every pair of eyes that rests on you, you will see pass, like a cloud passing behind a woods in winter, the memory of your father - dissembled in friendly eyes, lurking in unfriendly eyes.
- Whittaker Chambers
(Keywords: Father, Children, Eyes, Memory, Shadow, Will, Winter)

A nation's life is about as long as its reverential memory.
- Whittaker Chambers
(Keywords: Life, Memory, Nation)

Learning to read music in Braille and play by ear helped me develop a damn good memory.
- Ray Charles
(Keywords: Music, Learning, Memory, Play)

Mexico is only a memory of childhood safety.
- Sandra Cisneros
(Keywords: Childhood, Memory, Safety)

I think we're at risk with our democracy. I think we're dealing with the most closed, imperialistic, nastiest administration in living memory. They even put Richard Nixon to shame.
- Wesley Clark
(Keywords: Democracy, Living, Memory, Nixon, Risk, Shame)

Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with with your self esteem.
- Kurt Cobain
(Keywords: Time, Drugs, Memory, Self, Self esteem, Waste)

There remains, however, the hope, at least in Russia, that, as sometimes happens in history, the memory of lost alternatives will one day inspire efforts to regain them.
- Stephen Cohen
(Keywords: History, Hope, Day, Memory, Russia, Will)

I write journals and would recommend journal writing to anyone who wishes to pursue a writing career. You learn a lot. You also remember a lot... and memory is important.
- Judy Collins
(Keywords: Career, Memory, Wishes, Writing)

We can never fully repay the debt of our proud nation to those who have laid down their lives for our country. The best we can do is honor their memory, ensure that their sacrifice is not in vain, and help provide for their families.
- Susan Collins
(Keywords: Sacrifice, Country, Debt, Help, Honor, Memory, Nation)

Who knows what true loneliness is - not the conventional word but the naked terror? To the lonely themselves it wears a mask. The most miserable outcast hugs some memory or some illusion.
- Joseph Conrad
(Keywords: Hugs, Illusion, Loneliness, Lonely, Memory, Terror, Word)

How cruelly sweet are the echoes that start, When memory plays an old tune on the heart.
- Eliza Cook
(Keywords: Heart, Memory, Old)

It's as though all the terms of a family were present at one time rather than his dad and his mum. Not just a present authority, but the resident memory of what qualifies what else is the case.
- Robert Creeley
(Keywords: Dad, Family, Time, Authority, Memory, Present)

Romance like a ghost escapes touching; it is always where you are not, not where you are. The interview or conversation was prose at the time, but it is poetry in the memory.
- George William Curtis
(Keywords: Poetry, Time, Romance, Conversation, Memory, Prose)

I don't write down my experiences, but I have a very decent memory. I have tons of books in which I write down phrases as they occur to me. That's how I write songs. I'll need a line and I'll go through the books and find it, the right rhyme and everything.
- Evan Dando
(Keywords: Books, Memory, Right, Songs)

A universe that came from nothing in the big bang will disappear into nothing at the big crunch. Its glorious few zillion years of existence not even a memory.
- Paul Davies
(Keywords: Existence, Memory, Nothing, Universe, Will, Years)

It is all very well to copy what one sees, but it is far better to draw what one now only sees in one's memory. That is a transformation in which imagination collaborates with memory.
- Edgar Degas
(Keywords: Imagination, Memory, Now)

Time and memory are true artists; they remould reality nearer to the heart's desire.
- John Dewey
(Keywords: Time, Heart, Artists, Desire, Memory, Reality)

We are all instruments endowed with feeling and memory. Our senses are so many strings that are struck by surrounding objects and that also frequently strike themselves.
- Denis Diderot
(Keywords: Feeling, Memory, Senses)

Was there ever in anyone's life span a point free in time, devoid of memory, a night when choice was any more than the sum of all the choices gone before?
- Joan Didion
(Keywords: Life, Time, Choice, Choices, Memory, Night)

A great city, whose image dwells in the memory of man, is the type of some great idea. Rome represents conquest; Faith hovers over the towers of Jerusalem; and Athens embodies the pre-eminent quality of the antique world, Art.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Art, Faith, Quality, Idea, Athens, Conquest, Man, Memory, Rome, World)

The last four years have not diluted the memory or weakened the resolve of our citizens. Four years later, our hearts still hurt for the families whose loved ones were murdered that day.
- John Doolittle
(Keywords: Day, Hurt, Memory, Years)



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