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

  A great city, whose image dwells in the memory of man, is the type of some great idea. Rome represents conquest; Faith hovers over the towers of Jerusalem; and Athens embodies the pre-eminent quality of the antique world, Art.  
 -  Benjamin Disraeli
  

  Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream.  
 -  Khalil Gibran
  

  Memory is the mother of all wisdom.  
 -  Sade Adu
  

  There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.  
 -  Sade Adu
  

  Yesterday's just a memory, tomorrow is never what it's supposed to be.  
 -  Bob Dylan
  

  I am a people watcher and I have a very good memory.  
 -  Brian Jacques
  

  Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today's events.  
 -  Albert Einstein
  

  It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.  
 -  Lewis Carroll
  

  I don't decide to represent anything except myself. But that self is full of collective memory.  
 -  Mahmoud Darwish
  

  I have an excellent memory, a most excellent memory.  
 -  Bill Gates
  

  So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good.  
 -  Helen Keller
  

  Many Nobel Prizes are awaiting good research to understand and explain the many mysteries of our bodies, such as the basic mechanism of memory or imagination.  
 -  James Cameron
  

  You never know the value of a moment until it is a memory.  
 -  Dr. Seuss
  

  A universe that came from nothing in the big bang will disappear into nothing at the big crunch. Its glorious few zillion years of existence not even a memory.  
 -  Paul Davies
  

  Having experienced personally and through my family the tragedy of Chile is something always present in my memory. I do not want events of that nature ever to happen again, and I have dedicated an important part of my life to ensuring that and to the reunion of all Chileans.  
 -  Michelle Bachelet
  

  Man-made computers are limited in their performance by finite processing speed and memory. So, too, the cosmic computer is limited in power by its age and the finite speed of light.  
 -  Paul Davies
  

  You don't have to hold onto the pain to hold onto the memory.  
 -  Janet Jackson
  

  It is only by not paying one's bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Memory... is the diary that we all carry about with us.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I do have a blurred memory of sitting on the stairs and trying over and over again to tie one of my shoelaces, but that is all that comes back to me of school itself.  
 -  Roald Dahl
  

  Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with with your self-esteem. They're no good at all.  
 -  Kurt Cobain
  

  Memory is a way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.  
 -  Kevin Arnold
  

  Nothing stands out so conspicuously, or remains so firmly fixed in the memory, as something which you have blundered.  
 -  Winston Churchill
  

  The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.  
 -  Winston Churchill
  

  Sweet is the memory of past troubles.  
 -  Winston Churchill
  

  Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things.  
 -  Winston Churchill
  

  I have a memory like an elephant. I remember every elephant I've ever met.  
 -  Herb Caen
  

  Anyone who in discussion relies upon authority uses, not his understanding, but rather his memory.  
 -  Leonardo Da Vinci
  

  If genetic memory or racial memory persists, is it possible that individual memory also exists from previous lives?  
 -  Taylor Caldwell
  

  The very idea of carrying my memory into eternity devastated me, and I took refuge in atheism.  
 -  Taylor Caldwell
  

  Happiness is good health and a bad memory.  
 -  Ingrid Bergman
  

  We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they're called memories. Some take us forward, they're called dreams.  
 -  Jeremy Irons
  

  The sons of Judah have to choose that God may again choose them. The divine principle of our race is action, choice, resolved memory.  
 -  George Eliot
  

  If you ask my wife, the biggest fault is my inability around the house. She says the only thing handy about me is that I'm close by. And, I have a terrible memory. I'm bad at saying no. I often double-book. There are a lot of things.  
 -  Hugh Jackman
  

  For my name and memory I leave to men's charitable speeches, and to foreign nations and the next ages.  
 -  Francis Bacon
  

  Pictures and shapes are but secondary objects and please or displease only in the memory.  
 -  Francis Bacon
  

  Only those with no memory insist on their originality.  
 -  Coco Chanel
  

  It is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate to the present than it is to have it elude you and remain forever a harmonious conception of memory.  
 -  F. Scott Fitzgerald
  

  The 1960s was a period when writers in the West began to be aware of the extraordinary eloquence and popular attraction of the Russian poets such as Yevtushenko and Voznesensky - oppositional figures who could draw crowds. The Russian poets recited from memory as a matter of course.  
 -  James Fenton
  

  Rhyme is a mnemonic device, an aid to the memory. And some poems are themselves mnemonics, that is to say, the whole purpose of the poem is to enable us to remember some information.  
 -  James Fenton
  

  The voice is raised, and that is where poetry begins. And even today, in the prolonged aftermath of modernism, in places where 'open form' or free verse is the orthodoxy, you will find a memory of that raising of the voice in the term 'heightened speech.'  
 -  James Fenton
  

  The common people have no history: persecuted by the present, they cannot think of preserving the memory of the past.  
 -  Jean Henri Fabre
  

  A memory is a beautiful thing, it's almost a desire that you miss.  
 -  Gustave Flaubert
  

  It's been 25 years now, and truthfully, time sometimes blurs the memory.  
 -  Bob Kane
  

  An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't.  
 -  Anatole France
  

  I was once married to a woman who could eat anything and tell you what was in it: the most complicated recipes. Her memory of taste - now that's what I call memory!  
 -  Morton Feldman
  

  Music is essentially built upon primitive memory structures.  
 -  Morton Feldman
  

  I'd say my best memory was climbing Mt. Fuji, and the worst memory was... trying to fit my feet into the free giveaway slippers at Japanese schools.  
 -  Bruce Feiler
  

  We can invent only with memory.  
 -  Alphonse Karr
  

  Steve Jobs was never going to let Flash on any Apple product again like that after in 1997 - he's got a long memory - they said no and Bill Gates said yes.  
 -  Walter Isaacson
  

  Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered as our prince of peace, of civil rights. We owe him something major that will keep his memory alive.  
 -  Morgan Freeman
  

  A good memory is one trained to forget the trivial.  
 -  Anne Fadiman
  

  The two offices of memory are collection and distribution.  
 -  Samuel Johnson
  

  The true art of memory is the art of attention.  
 -  Samuel Johnson
  

  Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.  
 -  Washington Irving
  

  I do have a really good memory. I mean, like, I can remember all the phone numbers of everybody on the street I grew up on.  
 -  Mary Karr
  

  Memory depends very much on the perspicuity, regularity, and order of our thoughts. Many complain of the want of memory, when the defect is in the judgment; and others, by grasping at all, retain nothing.  
 -  Thomas Fuller
  

  Memory is the treasure house of the mind wherein the monuments thereof are kept and preserved.  
 -  Thomas Fuller
  

  Television, despite its enormous presence, turns out to have added pitifully few lines to the communal memory.  
 -  Justin Kaplan
  

  Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.  
 -  John Kenneth Galbraith
  

  No memory of having starred atones for later disregard, or keeps the end from being hard.  
 -  Robert Frost
  

  I had post-traumatic amnesia, five-second memory, it happens as a result of brain injury.  
 -  Richard Hammond
  

  One must have a good memory to be able to keep the promises that one makes.  
 -  Friedrich Nietzsche
  

  There is nothing like an odor to stir memories.  
 -  William McFee
  

  I heard a definition once: Happiness is health and a short memory! I wish I'd invented it, because it is very true.  
 -  Audrey Hepburn
  

  Memory is often less about the truth than about what we want it to be.  
 -  David Halberstam
  

  Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today's events.  
 -  Albert Einstein
  

  Your memory is a monster; you forget - it doesn't. It simply files things away. It keeps things for you, or hides things from you - and summons them to your recall with a will of its own. You think you have a memory; but it has you!  
 -  John Irving
  

  Hope has a good memory, gratitude a bad one.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Every man's memory is his private literature.  
 -  Aldous Huxley
  

  Intelligence is the wife, imagination is the mistress, memory is the servant.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  Nostalgia: A device that removes the ruts and potholes from memory lane.  
 -  Doug Larson
  

  A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness.  
 -  Elbert Hubbard
  

  Nothing prevents happiness like the memory of happiness.  
 -  Andre Gide
  

  Memory is quite central for me. Part of it is that I like the actual texture of writing through memory. I like the atmospheres that result if episodes are narrated through the haze of memory.  
 -  Kazuo Ishiguro
  

  I'm interested in memory because it's a filter through which we see our lives, and because it's foggy and obscure, the opportunities for self-deception are there. In the end, as a writer, I'm more interested in what people tell themselves happened rather than what actually happened.  
 -  Kazuo Ishiguro
  

  I like the fact that by mimicking the way memory works, a writer can actually write in a fluid way - one solid scene doesn't have to fall on another solid scene, you can just have a fragment that then dovetails into another one that took place 30 years apart from it.  
 -  Kazuo Ishiguro
  

  Memory is quite central for me. Part of it is that I like the actual texture of writing through memory.  
 -  Kazuo Ishiguro
  

  I've never tried to block out the memories of the past, even though some are painful. I don't understand people who hide from their past. Everything you live through helps to make you the person you are now.  
 -  Sophia Loren
  

  My favorite Aspen memory is saving an upside-down cake that had exploded from the high altitude.  
 -  Emeril Lagasse
  

  The industry's memory is quite short, it's true.  
 -  Diane Lane
  

  Memory tempers prosperity, mitigates adversity, controls youth, and delights old age.  
 -  Christian Lacroix
  

  I think you just assume that your memory is just sort of a video playback of your experience, but it's nothing like that at all. It's a complete refabrication of an event and a lot of it is made up, because you're filling in spaces.  
 -  Charlie Kaufman
  

  I was trying to figure out what a memory feels like.  
 -  Charlie Kaufman
  

  Liars need good memories.  
 -  French proverb