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)

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory.
- Franklin P. Adams
(Keywords: Memory, Nothing, Old)

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

Our sages of blessed memory have said that we must not enjoy any pleasure in this world without reciting a blessing.
- Shmuel Y. Agnon
(Keywords: Memory, Pleasure, World)

I should be proud to have my memory graced, but only if the monument be placed... here, where I endured three hundred hours in line before the implacable iron bars.
- Anna Akhmatova
(Keywords: Memory, Monument)

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)

What happens is that your wretched memory remembers the words and forgets what's behind them.
- Augusto Roa Bastos
(Keywords: Memory, Words)

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)

I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does.
- Jorge Luis Borges
(Keywords: Memory, Night, Solitude, Thinking)

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)

There is not any memory with less satisfaction than the memory of some temptation we resisted.
- James Branch Cabell
(Keywords: Memory, Satisfaction, Temptation)

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)

It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.
- Lewis Carroll
(Keywords: Memory, Poor)

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)

Sweet is the memory of past troubles.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Memory, Past)

Nothing stands out so conspicuously, or remains so firmly fixed in the memory, as something which you have blundered.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Memory, Nothing)

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)

If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.
- E. Joseph Cossman
(Keywords: Memory, Today, Want)



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