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Samuel BeckettIn the afterlife, we’ll sit around talking about the good old days, when we wished that we were dead.

—  Samuel Beckett, 1906-1989, Irish writer, Nobel 1969

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Bob DylanIf you want to keep your memories, you first have to live them.

—  Bob Dylan, 1941-, American singer [Nobel 2016]

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Mignon McLaughlinNeurotics expect you to remember all the things that they tell you, and many that they don't.

—  Mignon McLaughlin, 1913-1983, American magazine editor

Barbara BushClinton lied. A man might forget where he parks or where he lives, but he never forgets oral sex, no matter how bad it is.

—  Barbara Bush, 1925-, wife of the 41st USA president

Arthur SchopenhauerMemory works like the collection glass in the Camera obscura: it gathers everything together and therewith produces a far more beautiful picture than was present originally.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Emile M. CioranSince the only things we remember are humiliations and defeats, what is the use of all the rest?

—  Emile M. Cioran, 1911-1995, French-Romanian philosopher

Michel de MontaigneNothing prints more lively in our minds than something we wish to forget.

—  Michel de Montaigne, 1533-1592, French thinker

Friedrich NietzscheMany a man fails to become a thinker only because his memory is too good.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Mark TwainIf you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Mark TwainWhen I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Benjamin DisraeliLike all great travelers I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.

—  Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Prime Minister

Antonio PorchiaOne lives in the hope of becoming a memory.

—  Antonio Porchia, 1885-1968, Italian-Argentinian poet

Yogi BerraIt’s like déjà vu all over again.

—  Yogi Berra, 1925-2015, American baseball player & humorist

Khalil GibranTo be able to look back upon one’s life in satisfaction, is to live twice.

—  Khalil Gibran, 1883-1931, Lebanese-American poet & philosopher

Victor HugoNothing awakens a reminiscence like an odor.

—  Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French writer

Charles BaudelaireRemembering is only a new form of suffering.

—  Charles Baudelaire, 1821-1867, French poet

Alfred CapusThe best memories are those which we have forgotten.

—  Alfred Capus, 1858-1922, French writer

George SantayanaMemory... is an internal rumor.

—  George Santayana, 1863-1952, Spanish-American philosopher

T. S. EliotMen live by forgetting and woman live on memories.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

Marcel ProustRemembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.

—  Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French writer

Samuel JohnsonThe true art of memory is the art of attention.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer


Quotes in Verse

Yannis RitsosYou don’t have to remember.
We Know.

—  Yannis Ritsos, 1909-1990, Greek poet

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Funny Quotes

Steven WrightEveryone has a photographic memory, some just don't have film.

—  Steven Wright, 1955-, American comedian

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Proverbs

Difficult to bear, sweet to remember.

—  Indian proverb

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Movie Quotes

Groundhog Day (1993)- Do you ever have déjà vu, Mrs. Lancaster?
- I don't think so, but I could check with the kitchen.

—  from the film Groundhog Day (1993)

Memento (2000)Now...where was I?

—  from the film Memento (2000)










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