Some memories are like lucky charms, talismans, one shouldn’t tell about them or they’ll lose their power.

—Iris Murdoch, 1985

Midnight shakes the memory
As a madman shakes a dead geranium.

—T.S. Eliot, 1911

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

—Malcolm X, 1964

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

Pictures made in childhood are painted in bright hues.

—Kate Douglas Wiggin, 1886

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

—Willa Cather, 1918

Memory is the only
afterlife I can understand.

—Lisel Mueller, 1996

Memory is necessary for all operations of reasoning.

—Blaise Pascal, c. 1658

He who is afraid of his own memories is cowardly, really cowardly.

—Elias Canetti, 1954

Time robs us of all, even of memory.

—Virgil, c. 40 BC

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

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

—Guillaume Apollinaire, 1913

The true art of memory is the art of attention.

—Samuel Johnson, 1759