I’ve a grand memory for forgetting.

—Robert Louis Stevenson, 1886

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

To endeavor to forget anyone is a certain way of thinking of nothing else.

—Jean de La Bruyère, 1688

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

—Iris Murdoch, 1985

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

—James Baldwin, 1953

Memories are like corks left out of bottles. They swell. They no longer fit.

—Harriet Doerr, 1978

A monument is money wasted. My memory will live on if my life has deserved it.

—Pliny the Younger, c. 109

Reminiscences make one feel so deliciously aged and sad.

—George Bernard Shaw, 1886

Time robs us of all, even of memory.

—Virgil, c. 40 BC

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

—Elias Canetti, 1954

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

—Willa Cather, 1918

Someone will remember us
I say
even in another time.

—Sappho, c. 600 BC

Everyone complains about his memory, and no one complains about his judgment.

—La Rochefoucauld, 1666