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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

Pictures made in childhood are painted in bright hues.

—Kate Douglas Wiggin, 1886

Anyone who in discussion quotes authority uses his memory rather than his intellect.

—Leonardo da Vinci, c. 1500

There is no greater sorrow than to recall a happy time in the midst of wretchedness.

—Dante Alighieri, c. 1321

Memory is necessary for all operations of reasoning.

—Blaise Pascal, c. 1658

The true art of memory is the art of attention.

—Samuel Johnson, 1759

Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again.

—Willa Cather, 1918

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

—Barbara Kingsolver, 1990

Someone will remember us
I say
even in another time.

—Sappho, c. 600 BC

The charm, one might say the genius, of memory is that it is choosy, chancy, and temperamental: it rejects the edifying cathedral and indelibly photographs the small boy outside, chawing a hunk of melon in the dust.

—Elizabeth Bowen, 1955

God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.

—J.M. Barrie, 1922

What is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?

—Marcus Tullius Cicero, 46 BC

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

—Phyllis Rose, 1991