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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 ]

Out of mind as soon as out of sight.
      - Sir Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, Lord Brooke,
        Sonnet (LVI)

A place in thy memory, Dearest!
  Is all that I claim:
    To pause and look back when thou hearest
      The sound of my name.
      - Gerald Griffin,
        A Place in Thy Memory, Dearest

The memory of past favors is like a rainbow, bright, vivid, and beautiful; but it soon fades away. The in memory of injuries is engraved on the heart, and remains forever.
      - Thomas Chandler Haliburton (used pseudonym Sam Slick)

Fer from eze, fer from herte,
  Quoth Hendyng.
      - Hendying, Proverbs, MSS.

So may it be: that so dead Yesterday,
  No sad-eyed ghost but generous and gay,
    May serve you memories like almighty wine,
      When you are old.
      - William Ernest Henley, When You Are Old

We can remember minutely and precisely only the things which never really happened.
      - Eric Hoffer

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

I remember, I remember,
  The house where I was born,
    The little window where the sun
      Came peeping in at morn;
        He never came a wink too soon,
          Nor brought too long a day,
            But now, I often wish the night
              Had borne my breathe away!
      - Thomas Hood, I Remember, I Remember

We must always have old memories and young hopes.
      - Arsene Houssaye

Where is the heart that doth not keep,
  Within its inmost core,
    Some fond remembrance hidden deep,
      Of days that are no more?
      - Ellen C. Howarth ("Clementine"),
        'Tis but a Little Faded Flower

The creditor hath a better memory than the debtor.
      - James Howell (Howel)

There is a voice from the tomb sweeter than song. There is a remembrance of the dead to which we turn even from the charms of the living. Oh, the grave!--the grave!--It buries every error--covers every defect--extinguishes every resentment! From its peaceful bosom spring none but fond regrets and tender recollections.
      - Washington Irving

Memory is the primary and fundamental power, without which there could be no other intellectual operation.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

We consider ourselves as defective in memory, either because we remember less than we desire, or less than we suppose others to remember.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

And when he is out of sight, quickly also is he out of mind.
      - Thomas a Kempis, Imitation of Christ
         (bk. I, ch. XXIII)

True nostalgia is an ephemeral composition of disjointed memories.
      - Florence King

Memory tempers prosperity, mitigates adversity, controls youth, and delights old age.
      - Lucis Caecilius Lactantis (Lactantius) ("The Christian Cicero")

A sealed book, at whose contents we tremble.
      - Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs. George MacLean)

Badness of memory every one complains of, but nobody of the want of judgment.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld,
        Reflections and Moral Maxims (no. 463)

A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience.
      - Doug Larson

Memory is ever active, ever true. Alas, if it were only as easy to forget!
      - Ninon de L'Enclos (real name Anne L'Enclos)

How can such deep-imprinted images sleep in us at times, till a word, a sound, awake them?
      - Ephraim Gotthold Lessing

I'm going to memorize your name and throw my head away.
      - Oscar Levant

Tho' lost to sight to mem'ry dear
  Thou ever wilt remain.
      - George Linley, Though Lost to Sight

Memory is the power to revive again in our minds those ideas which after imprinting have disappeared, or have been laid aside out of sight.
      - John Locke (1)


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