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REMEMBRANCE
[ Also see Association Celebration Forgetfulness Memory Monuments Past Retrospection ]

Enough of acting the infant who has been told so often how he was found under a cabbage that in the end he remembers the exact spot in the garden and the kind of life he led there before joining the family circle.
      - Samuel Beckett

She plac'd it sad, with needless fear,
  Lest time should shake my wavering soul
    Unconscious that her image there
      Held every sense in fast control.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Sooner shall this blue ocean melt to air,
  Sooner shall earth resolve itself to sea,
    Than I resign thine image, oh ,my fair!
      Or think of any thing, excepting thee.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan

The leafy blossoming present time springs from the whole past, remembered and unrememberable.
      - Thomas Carlyle

O years, gone down into the past,
  What pleasant memories come to me
    Of your untroubled days of peace,
      And hours almost of ecstasy.
      - Phoebe Cary

Some people regret that they have poor memories. Alas! it is much more difficult to forget.
      - Dorothee DeLuzy

She sent him rosemary, to the intent that he should hold her in remembrance.
      - Michael Drayton

His years with others must the sweeter be
  For those brief days he spent in loving me.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Carry me in your heart. I talk to you from there.
      - Gordy Hoffman, Love Liza,
        a quote from a note by Liza, the movie's title character

Remembrance of the dead soon fades. Alas! in their tombs they decay more slowly than in our hearts.
      - Victor Hugo

Oh! only those
  Whose souls have felt this one idolatry,
    Can tell how precious is the slightest thing
      Affection gives and hallows! A dead flower
        Will long be kept, remembrancer of looks
          That made each leaf a treasure.
      - Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs. George MacLean)

I see the lights of the village
  Gleam through the rain and the mist,
    And a feeling of sadness comes o'er me
      That my soul cannot resist:
        A feeling of sadness and longing,
          That is not akin to pain,
            And resembles sorrow only
              As the mist resembles the rain.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Strange to me now are the forms I meet
  When I visit the dear old town;
    But the native air is pure and sweet,
      And the trees that o'ershadow each well-known street,
        As they balance up and down,
          Are singing the beautiful song,
            Are signing and whispering still:
              "A boy's will is the wind's will,
                And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts."
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

This is the place. Stand still, my steed,
  Let me review the scene,
    And summon from the shadowy Past
      The forms that once have been.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

If you are able,
  save them a place
    inside of you
      and save one backward glance
        when you are leaving
          for the places they can
            no longer go.
              Be not ashamed to say
                you loved them,
                  though you may
                    or may not have always.
                      Take what they have left
                        and what they have taught you
                          with their dying
                            and keep it with your own.
                              And in that time
                                when men decide and feel safe
                                  to call the war insane,
                                    take one moment to embrace
                                      those gentle heroes
                                        you left behind.
      - Michael Davis O'Donnell,
        written at Dak To, Vietnam, January 1, 1970

We do not remember days; we remember moments.
      - Cesare Pavese,
        Burning Brand Diaries 1935-1950

Every one can remember that which has interested himself.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

Remembrance is the only paradise out of which we cannot be driven away.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Remembrances last longer than present reality, as I have conserved blossoms many years, but never fruits. Yes, there are tender female souls which intoxicate themselves only among the blossoms of the vineyard of joy, as others do only with the berries of the vinehill.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Keep this remembrance for thy Julia's sake.
      - William Shakespeare

O, it comes over my memory, as doth the raven over the infected house, boding to all.
      - William Shakespeare

Riveted,
  Screwed to my memory.
      - William Shakespeare

Departed suns their trails of splendor drew
  Across departed summers: whispers came
    From voices, long ago resolved again
      Into the primeval Silence, and we twain,
        Ghosts of our present selves, yet still the same,
          As in a spectral mirror wandered there.
      - Bayard Taylor

You can't order remembrance out of the mind; and a wrong that was a wrong yesterday must be a wrong to-morrow.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray


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