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MEMORY
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[ Also see Absence Association Fame Forgetfulness Learning Monuments Oblivion Past Psychology Reflection Remembrance Retrospection Reverie Ruins Thought Time ]

When promise and patience are wearing thin,
  When endurance is almost driven in,
    When our angels stand in a waiting hush,
      Remember the Marne and Ferdinand Foch.
      - William Bliss Carman, The Man of the Marne

Though sands be black and bitter black the sea,
  Night lie before me and behind me night,
    And God within far Heaven refuse to light
      The consolation of the dawn for me,--
        Between the shadowy burns of Heaven and Hell,
          It is enough love leaves my soul to dwell
            With memory.
      - Madison Julius Cawein, The End of All

A nation's life is about as long as its reverential memory.
      - Whittaker Chambers

Remembrances embellish life but forgetfulness alone makes it possible.
  [Fr., Les souvenirs embellissent la vie, l'oubli seul la rend possible.]
      - General Enrico Cialdini,
        written in an album

The memory is the receptacle and sheath of all science.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things.
  [Lat., Memoria est thesaurus omnium rerum e custos.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Oratore (I, 5)

The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.
  [Lat., Vita enim mortuorum in memoria vivorum est posita.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Philippicoe (IX, 5)

Memory, bosom-spring of joy.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

How are such an infinite number of things placed with such order in the memory, notwithstanding the tumult, marches, and counter-marches of the animal spirits?
      - Jeremy Collier

Of all the faculties of the mind, memory is the first that flourishes and the first that dies.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Oh, how cruelly sweet are the echoes that start
  When Memory plays an old tune on the heart!
      - Eliza Cook, Journal
         (vol. IV, Old Dobbin, st. 16)

What peaceful hours I once enjoy'd!
  How sweet their memory still!
    But they have left an aching void
      The world can never fill.
      - William Cowper, Walking with God

A great many complimentary things have been said about the faculty of memory, and if you look in a good quotation book you will find them neatly arranged.
      - Robertson Davies,
        The Enthusiasms of Robertson Davies

Do not trust your memory; it is a net full of holes; the most beautiful prizes slip through it.
      - Georges Duhamel

Memory is a paradise out of which fate cannot drive us.
      - Alexandre Dumas fils

The very first thing an executive must have is a fine memory. Of course it does not follow that a man with a fine memory is necessarily a fine executive. But if he has the memory he has the first qualification, and if he has not the memory nothing else matters.
      - Thomas Alva Edison

Don't you remember, sweet Alice, Ben Bolt?
  Sweet Alice, whose hair was so brown;
    Who wept with delight when you gave her a smile,
      And trembl'd with fear at your frown!
      - Thomas Dunn English, Ben Bolt

But woe to him, who left to moan,
  Reviews the hours of brightness gone.
      - Euripides, Iphigenia in Taurus (l. 1,121),
        (translation by Anstice)

It is the treasure-house of the mind, wherein the monuments thereof are kept and preserved.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Memory, like a purse, if it be overfull that it cannot shut, all will drop out of it; take heed of a gluttonous curiosity to feed on many things, lest the greediness of the appetite of thy memory spoil the digestion thereof.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Memory [is] like a purse,--if it be over-full that it cannot shut, all will drop out of it. Take heed of a gluttonous curiosity to feed on many things, lest the greediness of the appetite of thy memory spoil the digestion thereof.
      - Thomas Fuller (1), Holy and Profane States
         (bk. III, Of Memory)

By every remove I only drag a greater length of chain.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Citizen of the World
         (no. 3)

Remembrance wakes with all her busy train,
  Swells at my breast, and turns the past to pain.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village
         (l. 81)

Where'er I roam, whatever realms to see,
  My heart untravelled, fondly turns to thee;
    Still to my brother turns, with ceaseless pain,
      And drags at each remove a lengthening chain.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller (l. 7)

The things we remember best are those better forgotten.
      - Baltasar Gracian (used pseudonym Lorenzo Gracian)


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