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QUOTES ON MEMORY


Memory is the mother of all wisdom.

AESCHYLUS, Prometheus Bound

In memory everything seems to happen to music.

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, The Glass Menagerie

Memory ... is the diary that we all carry about with us.

Memory, however sad, is the best and purest link between this world and a better.

CHARLES DICKENS, Nicholas Nickleby

Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory.

JOSEPH CONRAD, Lord Jim

Ah what agony is that, what despair, when the tomb of memory is rent open and the ghosts of his old life comes forth to scourge him!

UPTON SINCLAIR, The Jungle

The heart's memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and ... thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past.

GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ, Love in the Time of Cholera

No matter how far we travel, the memories will follow in the baggage car.

AUGUST STRINDBERG, Miss Julie

Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.

WILLIAM FAULKNER, Light in August

Old age was not a rushing torrent but a bottomless cistern where ... memory drained away.

GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ, Love in the Time of Cholera

Each memory recalled must do some violence to its origins. As in a party game. Say the word and pass it on. So be sparing. What you alter in the remembering has yet a reality, known or not.

CORMAC MCCARTHY, The Road

The man who has no memory makes one out of paper.

GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ, Love in the Time of Cholera

From early on I valued the gift of memory above all others. I understood that as we grow older we carry a whole nation around inside of us, places and ways that have disappeared, believing that they are ours, that we alone hold the torch for our past, that we are as impenetrable as stone. Memory still seems a gift to me and I hold tight to those few things that are forever gone and always a part of me, while the new life, the changing view, streams by.

JANE HAMILTON, A Map of the World

Either you stay on in a house full of ugly memories and go on brooding on what happened to you, or you put the whole episode behind you and start a new chapter elsewhere. Those, as I see it, are the alternatives.

J. M. COETZEE, Disgrace

Men's memories are uncertain and the past that was differs little from the past that was not.

CORMAC MCCARTHY, Blood Meridian

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