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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 ]

The memory is perpetually looking back when we have nothing present to entertain us. It is like those repositories in animals that are filled with food, on which they may ruminate when their present pastures fail.
      - Joseph Addison

Memory is the mother of all wisdom.
      - Aeschylus

Far from our eyes th' Enchanting Objects set,
  Advantage by the friendly Distance get.
      - Guillaume Alexis, A poem against Fruition,
        from "Poems by Several Hands" published 1685

Memories are hunting horns whose sound dies on the wind.
      - Guillaume Apollinaire

I do perceive that the old proverb be not alwaies trew, for I do finde that the absence of my Nath, doth breeds in me the more continuall remembrance of him.
      - Lady Anne Bacon, To Jane Lady Cornwallis

Out of sighte, out of mynde.
      - quoted as saying of Nathaniel Bacon (1),
        in "Private Correspondence of Lady Cornwallis", p. 19

Several sorts of memory exist in us; body and mind each possesses one peculiar to itself. Nostalgia, for instance, is a malady of the physical memory.
      - Honore de Balzac

Memory is the cabinet of imagination, the treasury of reason, the registry of conscience and the council-chamber of thought.
      - Giambattista Basile

Tell me the tales that to me were so dear,
  Long, long ago, long, long ago.
      - Thomas Haynes Bayly (Bayley),
        Long, Long Ago

Oh, I have roamed o'er many lands,
  And many friends I've met;
    Not one fair scene or kindly smile
      Can this fond heart forget.
      - Thomas Haynes Bayly (Bayley),
        O, Steer my Bark to Erin's Isle

Friends depart, and memory takes them
  To her caverns, pure and deep.
      - Thomas Haynes Bayly (Bayley),
        Teach Me to Forget

Memory can glean, but can never renew. It brings us joys faint as is the perfume of the flowers, faded and dried, of the summer that is gone.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. CXXXVII, v. 6)

Memory seldom fails when its office is to show us the tombs of our buried hopes.
      - Lady Marguerite Blessington, Countess of Blessington

The charm, one might say the genius, of memory is that it is choosy, chancy and temperamental; it rejects the edifying cathedral and indelibly photographs the small boy outside, chewing a hunk of melon in the dust.
      - Elizabeth Bowen

A memory without blot or contamination must be an exquisite treasure, an inexhaustible source of pure refreshment.
      - Charlotte Bronte (used pseudonym Currer Bell)

Memory in youth is active and easily impressible; in old age it is comparatively callous to new impressions, but still retains vividly those of earlier years.
      - Charlotte Bronte (used pseudonym Currer Bell)

The mother may forget the child
  That smiles sae sweetly on her knee;
    But I'll remember thee, Glencairn,
      And all that thou hast done for me!
      - Robert Burns, Lament for Glencairn

In that instant, o'er his soul
  Winters of Memory seem'd to roll,
    And gather in that drop of time
      A life of pain, an age of crime.
        O'er him who loves, or hates, or fears,
          Such moment pours the grief of years.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Slight withal may be the things which bring back on the heart the weight which it would fling aside forever.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

We ne'er forget, tho' there we are forgot.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Yet how much less it were to gain,
  Though thou hast left me free,
    The loveliest things that still remain,
      Than thus remember thee.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        And Thou art Dead as Young and Fair

While memory watches o'er the sad review of joys that faded like the morning dew.
      - Thomas Campbell

To live in hearts we leave behind,
  Is not to die.
      - Thomas Campbell, Hallowed Ground (st. 6)

How a thing grows in the human memory, in the human imagination, when love, worship, and all that lies in the human heart, is there to encourage it.
      - Thomas Carlyle


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