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FORGETFULNESS
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[ Also see Absence Idleness Indifference Memory Neglect Oblivion Past Promises Remembrance Thought Time ]

It is sure the hardest science to forget!
      - Alexander Pope

The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
      - Alexander Pope

Our God and soldier we alike adore,
  When at the brink of ruin, not before;
    After deliverance both alike requited,
      Our God forgotten, and our soldiers slighted.
      - Francis Quarles, Epigram

It is far off; and rather like a dream than an assurance that my remembrance warrants.
      - William Shakespeare

Men are men; the best sometimes forget.
      - William Shakespeare

We bury love,
  Forgetfulness grows over it like grass;
    That is a thing to weep for, not the dead.
      - Alexander Smith, City Poems--A Boy's Poem
         (pt. III)

One day I wrote her name upon the strand,
  But came the waves and washed it away;
    Agayne I wrote it with a second hand,
      But came the tyde and made my paynes his prey.
      - Edmund Spenser, Sonnet LXXV

It is sometimes expedient to forget what you know.
  [Lat., Etiam oblivisci quod scis interdum expedit.]
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

It is sometimes expedient to forget who we are.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

We may with advantage forget what we know.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

And have you been to Borderland?
  Its country lies on either hand
    Beyond the river I-forget.
      One crosses by a single stone
        So narrow one must pass alone,
          And all about its waters fret--
            The laughing river I-forget.
      - Herman Knickerbocker Viele, Borderland

Oh, if, in being forgotten, we could only forget.
      - Lewis (Lew) Wallace

If e'er I win a parting token,
  'Tis something that has lost its power--
    A chain that has been used and broken,
      A ruin'd glove, a faded flower;
        Something that makes my pleasure less,
          Something that means--forgetfulness.
      - Nathaniel Parker Willis

Go, forget me--why should sorrow
  O'er that brow a shadow fling?
    Go, forget me--and to-morrow
      Brightly smile and sweetly sing.
        Smile--though I shall not be near thee;
          Sing--though I shall never hear thee.
      - Rev. Charles Wolfe, Song--Go, Forget Me!


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