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Published Sunday, May 26, 2013 @ 7:57 AM EDT
May 26 2013

A dying people tolerates the present, rejects the future, and finds its satisfactions in past greatness and half-remembered glory.
-John Steinbeck

A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.
-Donna Roberts

A good memory is one trained to forget the trivial.
-Clifton Fadiman

A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience.
-Doug Larson

A man always remembers his first love with special tenderness. But after that he begins to bunch them.
-H.L. Mencken

A man's real possession is his memory. In nothing else is he rich, in nothing else is he poor.
-Alexander Smith

A people which takes no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors will never achieve anything worthy to be remembered with pride by remote descendants.
-Thomas Babington Macaulay

By the time you're eighty years old you've learned everything. You only have to remember it.
-George Burns

Can anyone remember when times were not hard, and money not scarce?
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Death is that state in which one exists only in the memory of others. Which is why it is not an end. (from "Skin of Evil," Star Trek: The Next Generation)
-Hannah Louise Shearer

Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.
-Saul Bellow

Everyone complains of his memory, but nobody of his judgment.
-Francois de la Rochefoucauld

God gave us our memories so that we might have roses in December.
-James M. Barrie

Happily for the busy lunatics who rule over us, we are permanently the United States of Amnesia. We learn nothing because we remember nothing.
-Gore Vidal

Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember.
-Oscar Levant

History does not always repeat itself. Sometimes it just yells "Can't you remember anything I told you?" and lets fly with a club.
-Unattributed

I might repeat to myself, slowly and soothingly, a list of quotations beautiful from minds profound; if I can remember any of the damn things.
-Dorothy Parker

I never throw anything away, which is irrelevant because I can never remember where I put anything.
-Kevin G. Barkes

I'm going to memorize your name and throw my head away.
-Oscar Levant

I've had so many wives, I can't remember all their names. To keep it simple, I just called them all "Plaintiff."
-Lewis Grizzard

If a man needs an elaborate tombstone in order to remain in the memory of his country, it is clear that his living at all was an act of absolute superfluity.
-Oscar Wilde

If there is any substitute for love, it is memory.
-Joseph Brodsky

If you can remember the Sixties, you weren't really there.
-Paul Kantner

In every kind of adversity, the bitterest part of a man's affliction is to remember that he once was happy.
-Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius

In memory everything seems to happen to music.
-Tennessee Williams

In plucking the fruit of memory one runs the risk of spoiling its bloom.
-Joseph Conrad

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
-Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is dangerous for a national candidate to say things that people might remember.
-Eugene McCarthy

It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!
-Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

It's not that men can keep secrets. They just don't remember they know any.
-Leo Gallagher

Liars ought to have good memories.
-Algernon Sidney

Life is not what one has lived, but what one remembers and how one chooses to tell it.
-Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Like all great travellers I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.
-Benjamin Disraeli

Man is a fallen god who remembers the heavens.
-Alphonse de Lamartine

Maybe age is kinder to us than we think. With my bad eyes, I can't see how bad I look, and with my rotten memory, I have a good excuse for getting out of a lot of stuff.
-Erma Bombeck

Memory is a child walking along a seashore. You never know what small pebble it will pick up and store away among its treasured things.
-Pierce Harris

Memory is a crazy woman who hoards colored rags and throws away food.
-Austin O'Malley

Memory is a great betrayer.
-Anais Nin

Memory is better than a video because it's free and it doesn't work very well.
-David Owen

Memory is the editor of one's sense of life.
-Elizabeth Bowen

My memory of you is better than you.
-Chuck Lorre

No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove his fur from your couch.
-Leo Dworken

Nobody is forgotten, when it is convenient to remember him.
-Benjamin Disraeli

Not to know what happened before you were born is to be a child forever. For what is the time of a man, except it be interwoven with that memory of ancient things of a superior age?
-Marcus Tullius Cicero

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory.
-Robert Benchley

One day you'll find that these high school years will be a tiny, distant memory. The scars, of course, are yours to keep forever.
-Tom Batiuk

One form of loneliness is to have a memory and no one to share it with.
-Phyllis Rose

Only the vanquished remember history.
-Marshall McLuhan

The advantage of a bad memory is that, several times over, one enjoys the same good things for the first time.
-Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

The great majority of people are only remembered when something for which they are responsible goes wrong.
-Lord Slim

The inability to forget is infinitely more devastating than the inability to remember,
-Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

The past is what you remember, imagine you remember, convince yourself you remember, or pretend you remember.
-Harold Pinter

The reality of any place is what its people remember of it.
-Charles Kuralt

The remarkable thing is that it is the crowded life that is most easily remembered. A life full of turns, achievements, disappointments, surprises, and crises is a life full of landmarks. The empty life has even its few details blurred, and cannot be remembered with certainty.
-Eric Hoffer

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

There are only three things worth remembering: you social security number, the formula for your hair dye and how many hours you were in labor with your children.
-Erma Bombeck

There has never been a statue erected to the memory of someone who let well enough alone.
-Jules Ellinger

There's an old saying about those who forget history. I don't remember it, but it's good.
-Stephen Colbert

There's something profoundly sad about being able to remember the exact moment you were last happy.
-Olivia Ramsey

There's two types of old people. There's the old people that remember what sex was like, and then there's the old people that pretend that it didn't exist.
-Jay Black

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
-George Santayana

Those who cannot remember the past are invited to come over to my place.
-John Alejandro King (The Covert Comic)

Time moves in one direction, memory in another.
-William Gibson

True nostalgia is an ephemeral composition of disjointed memories.
-Florence King

We can remember minutely and precisely only the things which never really happened to us.
-Eric Hoffer

We do not remember days, we remember moments.
-Cesare Pavese

What makes old age hard to bear is not the failing of one's faculties, mental and physical, but the burden of one's memories.
-W. Somerset Maugham

What sinners remember best is that they were happy while sinning.
-C.S. Lewis

When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.
-Winston Churchill

When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it happened or not.
-Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

When our memories outweigh our dreams, we have grown old.
-Bill Clinton

When you find yourself locked onto an unpleasant train of thought, heading for the places in your past where the screaming is unbearable, remember there's always madness. Madness is the emergency exit.
-Alan Moore

Why should we have enough memory to retain even the smallest details of what happened to us, while we do not have enough to remember how many times we have told them to the same person?
-Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Writers, like elephants, have long, vicious memories. There are things I wish I could forget.
-William S. Burroughs

You can close your eyes to reality but not to memories.
-Stanislaw J. Lec

Your word can never be as good as your bond because your memory can never be as trustworthy as your honor.
-George Bernard Shaw


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