Memory quotes

For this invention of yours will produce forgetfulness in the minds of those who learn it, by causing them to neglect their memory, inasmuch as, from their confidence in writing, they will recollect by the external aid of foreign symbols, and not by the internal use of their own faculties. Your discovery, therefore, is a medicine not for memory, but for recollection-for recalling to, not for keeping in mind.

- Plato

Memory: We retain: 10 percent of what we read; 20 percent of what we hear; 30 percent of what we see ?50 percent of what we hear and see; 70 percent of what we say; 90 percent of what we say and do


Woe to that nation whose literature is cut short by the intrusion of force. This is not merely interference with freedom of the press but the sealing up of a nation's heart, the excision of its memory.

- Solzhenitsyn, Alexander

The more a man can forget, the greater the number of metamorphoses which his life can undergo, the more he can remember the more divine his life becomes.

- Kierkegaard, S°ren

He who is not very strong in memory should not meddle with lying.

- Michel de Montaigne

We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget.

- Didion, Joan

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, chewing a hunk of melon in the dust.

- Bowen, Elizabeth

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.

- Abrahm Lincoln

One lives in the world's memory only by what they have done in the world's behalf.

- Proverb

Oh, how cruelly sweet are the echoes that start when memory plays an old tune on the heart!

- Cook, Eliza

The memory represents to us not what we choose but what it pleases.

- Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De

I can only wait for the final amnesia, the one that can erase an entire life.

- Bunuel, Luis

One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.

- Porchia, Antonio

We are all instruments endowed with feeling and memory. Our senses are so many strings that are struck by surrounding objects and that also frequently strike themselves.

- Diderot, Denis

Of what significance are the things you can forget.

- Thoreau, Henry David

A liar should have a good memory.

- Quintilian

Memory feeds imagination.

- Amy Tan

Acts of kindness may soon be forgotten, but the memory of an offense remains.

- Proverb

The things that have come into being change continually. The man with a good memory remembers nothing because he forgets nothing.

- Bastos, Augusto Roa

Contemporaries appreciate the person rather than their merit, posterity will regard the merit rather than the person.

- Colton, Charles Caleb

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