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

I cannot but remember such things were
  That were most precious to me.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macduff at IV, iii)

If a man do not erect in this age his own tomb ere he dies, he shall live no longer in monument than the bell rings and the widow weeps. . . . an hour in clamor and a quarter in rheum.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing
         (Benedick at V, ii)

If thou beest Prospero,
  Give us particulars of thy preservation;
    How thou hast met us here, who three hours since
      Were wracked upon this shore; where I have lost
        (How sharp the point of this remembrance is!)
          My dear son Ferdinand.
      - William Shakespeare, The Tempest
         (Alonso at V, i)

I thank thee, gently Percy; and be sure
  I count myself in nothing else so happy
    As in a soul rememb'ring my good friends;
      And, as my fortune ripens with thy love,
        It shall be still thy true love's recompense.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (Bolingbroke at II, iii)

Looking on the lines
  Of my boy's face, methoughts I did recoil
    Twenty-three years, and saw myself unbreeched,
      In my green velvet coat, my dagger muzzled
        Lest if should bite its master and so prove,
          As ornaments oft do, too dangerous.
      - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale
         (Leontes at I, ii)

Reminiscences make one feel so deliciously aged and sad.
      - George Bernard Shaw, The Irrational Knot

Thou comest as the memory of a dream,
  Which now is sad because it hath been sweet.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Prometheus Unbound
         (act II, sc. 1)

Ah, how much less all living loves to me,
  Than that one rapture of remembering thee.
    [Lat., Heu quanto minus est cum reliquis versari quam tui meminisse.]
      - William Shenstone,
        Latin epitaph to Mary Dolman, his cousin, on an ornamental urn

Our memories are independent of our wills.
      - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

The Right Honorable gentleman is indebted to his memory for his jests and to his imagination for his facts.
      - attributed to Richard Brinsley Sheridan,
        in report of a "Speech in Reply to Mr. Dundas"

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

O memory, thou bitter sweet,--both a joy and a scourge!
      - Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein)

Left behind as a memory for us.
  [Lat., Nobis meminisse relictum.]
      - Statius (Publius Papanius Statius), Silvoe
         (bk. II, 1, 155)

In vain does Memory renew
  The hours once tinged in transport's dye:
    The sad reverse soon starts to view
      And turns the past to agony.
      - Mrs. Dugald Stewart, The Tear I Shed

There is nothing steadfast in life but our memories. We are sure of keeping intact only that which we have lost.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

I shall remember while the light lives yet
  And in the night time I shall not forget.
      - Algernon Charles Swinburne, Erotion

The powerful hold in deep remembrance an ill-timed pleasantry.
  [Lat., Facetiarum apud praepotentes in longum memoria est.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (V, 2)

The course of none has been along so beaten a road that they remember not fondly some resting-places in their journeys, some turns of their path in which lovely prospects broke in upon them, some soft plats of green refreshing to their weary feet. Confiding love, generous friendship, disinterested humanity, require no recondite learning, no high imagination, to enable an honest heart to appreciate and feel them.
      - Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd (Talford)

Cherish all your happy moments: they make a fine cushion for old age.
      - Booth Tarkington (Newton Booth Tarkington)

The sweet remembrance of the just
  Shall flourish when he sleeps in dust.
      - Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady,
        A New Version of the Psalms of David
         (psalm 112, st. 6),
        (a paraphrase of Psalm 112)

A land of promise, a land of memory,
  A land of promise flowing with the milk
    And honey of delicious memories!
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, The Lover's Tale
         (l. 333)

I will make you always remember this place, this day, and me.
  [Lat., Faciam, hujus, loci, dieique, meique semper memineris.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Eunuchus
         (V, 7, 31)

It is an old saying, that we forget nothing, as people in fever begin suddenly to talk the language of their infancy; we are stricken by memory sometimes, and old affections rush back on us as vivid as in the time when they were our daily talk, when their presence gladdened our eyes, when their accents thrilled in our ears,--when with passionate tears and grief, we flung ourselves upon their hopeless corpses. Parting is death,--at least, as far as life is concerned. A passion comes to an end; it is carried off in a coffin, or, weeping in a postchaise, it drops out of life one way or the other, and the earth-clods close over it, and we see it no more. But it has been part of our souls, and it is eternal.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

He is blessed over all mortals who loses no moment of the passing life in remembering the past.
      - Henry David Thoreau

Memory, in widow's weeds, with naked feet stands on a tombstone.
      - Sir Aubrey de Vere, Widowhood

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