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

I recollect a nurse called Ann,
  Who carried me about the grass,
    And one fine day a fine young man
      Came up and kissed the pretty lass.
        She did not make the least objection.
          Thinks I, "Aha,
            When I can talk I'll tell Mama,"
              And that's my earliest recollection.
      - Frederick Locker-Lampson,
        A Terrible Infant

This memory brightens o'er the past,
  As when the sun concealed
    Behind some cloud that near us hangs,
      Shines on a distant field.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        A Gleam of Sunshine

The heart hath its own memory, like the mind,
  And in it are enshrined
    The precious keepsakes, into which is wrought
      The giver's loving thought.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        From My Arm-Chair (st. 12)

There comes to me out of the Past
  A voice, whose tones are sweet and wild,
    Singing a song almost divine,
      And with a tear in every line.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Tales of a Wayside Inn
         (pt. III--Interlude before "The Mother's Ghost")

The leaves of memory seemed to make
  A mournful rustling in the dark.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        The Fire of Drift-Wood

Nothing now is lest
  But a majestic memory.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Three Friends of Mine (l. 10)

Memory is more incredible than ink.
      - Anita Loos (Mrs. John Emerson)

No one is likely to remember what is entirely uninteresting to him.
      - George MacDonald

Certainly it is one of the most blessed things about "the faith that is in Christ Jesus," that it makes a man remember his own sinfulness with penitence, not with pain--that it makes the memory of past transgressions full of solemn joy, because the memory of past transgressions but brings to mind the depth and rushing fullness of that river of love which has swept them all away as far as the east is from the west. Oh, my brother, you cannot forget your sins; but it lies within your own decision whether the remembrance shall be thankfulness and blessedness, or whether it shall be pain and loss forever.
      - Alexander Maclaren

Wakes the bitter memory
  Of what he was, what is, and what must be
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. IV, l. 24)

Experience teaches that a good memory is generally joined to a weak judgment.
  [Fr., Il se veoid par experience, que les memoires excellentes se joignent volontiers aux jugements debiles.]
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Essays (I, 9)

Through the shadowy past, like a tomb-searcher, memory ran, lifting each shroud that time had cast o'er buried hopes.
      - Thomas Moore

To live with them is far less sweet,
  Than to remember thee!
      - Thomas Moore,
        I Saw Thy Form in Youthful Prime

Oft in the stilly night
  E'er slumber's chain has bound me,
    Fond memory brings the light
      Of other days around me.
      - Thomas Moore, Oft in the Stilly Night

And the tear that we shed, though in secret it rolls,
  Shall long keep his memory green in our souls.
      - Thomas Moore, Oh, Breathe not his Name

When time who steals our years away
  Shall steal our pleasures too,
    The mem'ry of the past will stay
      And half our joys renew.
      - Thomas Moore, Song--From Juvenile Poems

When I remember all
  The friends so link'd together,
    I've seen around me fall,
      Like leaves in wintry weather;
        I feel like one who treads alone
          Some banquet hall deserted,
            Whose lights are fled, whose garlands dead,
              And all but he departed.
      - Sir Thomas More, Oft in the Stilly Night

Memory is what makes us young or old.
      - Louis Charles Alfred de Musset

All to myself I think of you,
  Think of the things we used to do,
    Think of the things we used to say,
      Think of each happy bygone day.
        Sometimes I sigh, and sometimes I smile,
          But I keep each olden, golden while
            All to myself.
      - Wilbur D. Nesbit, All to Myself

Many a man fails to become a thinker for the sole reason that his memory is too good.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Maxims

For memory is a moral action, a choice. You can choose to remember. You can choose not.
      - Joyce Carol Oates, The Deaths: An Elegy

Lovers remember everything.
  [Lat., Meminerunt omnia amantes.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

When time has assuaged the wounds of the mind, he who unseasonably reminds us of them, opens them afresh.
  [Lat., At cum longa dies sedavit vulnera mentis,
    Intempestive qui fovet illa novat.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
        Epistoloe Ex Ponto (IV, 11, 19)

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

The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten.
      - Cesare Pavese,
        This Business of Living: Diaries 1935-50

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