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Memory works well when others fail, and pretends to when we fail



  • Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember.




How can this be a quote from Seneca, but a anonymous portuguese proverb at the same time? -- 00:00, 16 December 2009 (UTC)


  • Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.
  • There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory.
  • It is singular how soon we lose the impression of what ceases to be constantly before us. A year impairs, a luster obliterates. There is little distinct left without an effort of memory, then indeed the lights are rekindled for a moment—but who can be sure that the Imagination is not the torch-bearer?
  • Memories of the past remain in the past, but as you make new memories in the present and walk towards the future, the past is still simply, the best.
  • The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant.
  • A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen.
  • She glances at the photo, and the pilot light of memory flickers in her eyes.
  • Footfalls echo in the memory
    Down the passage which we did not take
    Towards the door we never opened into the rose-garden.
  • Leftovers in their less visible form are called memories. Stored in the refrigerator of the mind and the cupboard of the heart.
  • I have memories - but only a fool stores his past in the future.
  • That's the funny thing about memories, we are not what we remember of ourselves. We are what people say we are. They project upon us their convictions. We are nothing but blank screens.
  • Nothing is more fatal to happiness than the remembrance of happiness.
  • Original thought...often goes with a bad memory. An overstuffed brain has less need to work things out for itself.
  • It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.
  • The two offices of memory are collection and distribution.
  • It's surprising how much memory is built around things unnoticed at the time.
  • You can close your eyes to reality, but not to memories.
  • It's extraordinary How little we do remember. It's almost as if Memory is not considered useful by nature.
  • Memory is a crazy woman that hoards colored rags and throws away food.
  • What we remember from childhood we remember forever—permanent ghosts, stamped, inked, imprinted, eternally seen.
  • Memory is what tells a man that his wife's birthday was yesterday.
  • I'm always fascinated by the way memory diffuses fact.
  • All gone. Zelazny was one of the first times I looked at something I had had familiarity with to find the spot where the memory should have been empty, replaced by a scrawled 'Moved South for the Fishing' sign. Calculus was another loss. It was quite upsetting to reach for a skill and find nothing.
  • The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.
  • The existence of forgetting has never been proved: We only know that some things don't come to mind when we want them.
  • Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember.
  • The richness of life lies in the memories we have forgotten.
  • A childhood is what anyone wants to remember of it. It leaves behind no fossils, except perhaps in fiction.
  • We seem but to linger in manhood to tell the dreams of our childhood, and they vanish out of memory ere we learn the language.
  • In memory's telephoto lens, far objects are magnified.
  • The man with a clear conscience probably has a poor memory.
  • Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.