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Memory is a complicated thing, a relative to truth but not its twin.

—Barbara Kingsolver, 1990

Memory is like the moon, which hath its new, its full, and its wane.

—Margaret Cavendish, 1655

History is a people’s memory, and without a memory man is demoted to the level of the lower animals.

—Malcolm X, 1964

There’s hope a great man’s memory may outlive his life half a year.

—William Shakespeare, c. 1600

Anything one is remembering is a repetition, but existing as a human being that is being, listening, and hearing is never repetition.

—Gertrude Stein, 1935

We are able to find everything in our memory, which is like a dispensary or chemical laboratory in which chance steers our hand sometimes to a soothing drug and sometimes to a dangerous poison.

—Marcel Proust, c. 1922

People are trapped in history, and history is trapped in them.

—James Baldwin, 1953

Reminiscences make one feel so deliciously aged and sad.

—George Bernard Shaw, 1886

Pictures made in childhood are painted in bright hues.

—Kate Douglas Wiggin, 1886

The true art of memory is the art of attention.

—Samuel Johnson, 1759

Time robs us of all, even of memory.

—Virgil, c. 40 BC

Memories are hunting horns
whose noise dies away in the wind.

—Guillaume Apollinaire, 1913

One form of loneliness is to have a memory and no one to share it with.

—Phyllis Rose, 1991