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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 ]

There are moments of life that we never forget,
  Which brighten, and brighten, as time steals away;
    They give a new charm to the happiest lot,
      And they shine on the gloom of the loneliest day.
      - James Gates Percival

The erection of a monument is superfluous; the memory of us will last, if we have deserved it in our lives.
  [Lat., Impensa monumenti supervacua est: memoria nostra durabit, si vita meruimus.]
      - Pliny the Younger (Caius Caecilius Secundus),
        Epistles (IX, 19)

I remember, I remember
  How my childhood fleeted by,--
    The mirth of its December,
      And the warmth of its July.
      - Winthrop Mackworth Praed,
        I Remember, I Remember

Memory is not so brilliant as hope, but it is more beautiful, and a thousand times more true.
      - George Denison Prentice

The pure memories given
  To help our joy on earth, when earth is past
    Shall help our joy in heaven.
      - Margaret Junkin Preston

And fondly mourn the dear delusions gone.
      - Matthew Prior

Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have retained of them.
      - Marcel Proust

Good things have to be engraved on the memory; bad ones stick there of themselves.
      - Charles Reade

Tho' lost to sight, within this filial breast
  Hendrick still lives in all his might confest.
      - William Rider,
        in the "London Magazine", 1755, p. 589

Lull'd in the countless chambers of the brain,
  Our thoughts are link'd by many a hidden chain;
    Awake but one, and lo, what myriads rise!
      Each stamps its image as the other flies!
      - Samuel Rogers

Sweet memory, wafted by the gentle gale,
  Oft up the stream of Time I turn my sail,
    To view the fairy haunts of long-lost hours,
      Blest with far greener shades, far fresher flowers.
      - Samuel Rogers

Hail, memory, hail! in thy exhaustion mine
  From age to age unnumbered treasures shine!
    Thought and her shadowy brood thy call obey,
      And Place and Time are subject to thy sway!
      - Samuel Rogers, Pleasures of Memory
         (pt. II, l. 428)

I have a room whereinto no one enters
  Save I myself alone:
    There sits a blessed memory on a throne,
      There my life centres.
      - Christina Georgina Rossetti, Memory
         (pt. II)

I wept for memory.
      - Christina Georgina Rossetti,
        Song--She Sat and Sang Always

The memory is a treasurer to whom we must give funds, if we would draw the assistance we need.
      - Nicholas Rowe

I'm always fascinated by the way memory diffuses fact.
      - Diane Sawyer

And scenes, long fast, of joy and pain,
  Came wildering o'er his aged brain.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Though varying wishes, hopes, and fears,
  Fever'd the progress of these years,
    Yet now, days, weeks, and months but seem
      The recollection of a dream.
      - Sir Walter Scott, Marmion
         (introduction to canto IV)

Still so gently o'er me stealing,
  Mem'ry will bring back the feeling,
    Spite of all my grief revealing
      That I love thee,--that I dearly love thee still.
      - Augustin Eugene Scribe,
        Opera of La Sonnambula

Memory, the warder of the brain!
      - William Shakespeare

Though yet of Hamlet our dear brother's death
  The memory be green, and that it us befitted
    To bear our hearts in grief, and our whole kingdom
      To be contracted in one brow of woe,
        Yet so far hath discretion fought with nature
          That we with wisest sorrow think on him
            Together with remembrance of ourselves.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Claudius, King of Denmark at I, ii)

Remember thee?
  Ay, thou poor ghost, while memory holds a seat
    In this distracted globe. Remember thee?
      Yea, from the table of my memory
        I'll wipe away all trivial fond records,
          All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past
            That youth and observation copied there,
              And thy commandment all alone shall live
                Within the book and volume of my brain,
                  Unmixed with baser matter.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at I, v)

O heavens! die two months ago, and not forgotten yet? Then there's hope a great man's memory may outlive his life half a year.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at III, ii)

Thou old unhappy traitor,
  Briefly thyself remember.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Oswald at IV, vi)

When Duncan is asleep
  (Whereto the rather shall his day's hard journey
    Soundly invite him), his two chamberlains
      Will I with wine and wassail so convince
        That memory, the warder of the brain,
          Shall be a fume, and the receipt of reason
            A limbeck only.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Lady Macbeth at I, vii)


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