- Memories are hunting horns
Whose sound dies on the wind.
1880–1918 French poet: ‘Cors de Chasse’ (1912)
- And we forget because we must
And not because we will.
1822–88 English poet and essayist: ‘Absence’ (1852)
- Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.
Pride and Prejudice (1813) ch. 58 1775–1817 English novelist:
- Someone said that God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December. 1860–1937 Scottish writer and dramatist: Rectorial Address at St Andrew's, 3 May 1922
- Memories are not shackles, Franklin, they are garlands.
Forty Years On (1969) act 2 1934– English dramatist and actor:
- We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
1759–96 Scottish poet: ‘Auld Lang Syne’ (1796)
- Poor people's memory is less nourished than that of the rich; it has fewer landmarks in space because they seldom leave the place where they live, and fewer reference points in time.
The First Man (1994) 1913–60 French novelist, dramatist, and essayist:
- Our memories are card-indexes consulted, and then put back in disorder by authorities whom we do not control.
The Unquiet Grave (1944) pt. 3 1903–74 English writer:
- I have forgot much, Cynara! gone with the wind,
Flung roses, roses, riotously, with the throng,
Dancing, to put thy pale, lost lilies out of mind.
Horace 1867–1900 English poet: ‘Non Sum Qualis Eram’ (1896) (also known as ‘Cynara’); see
- We all have our time machines, don't we. Those that take us back are memories. And those that carry us forward are dreams.
The Time Machine (2002 film) based on the novel by H. G. Wells, spoken by Jeremy Irons as Übermorlock and screenwriters:
- Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose-garden.
Four Quartets ‘Burnt Norton’ (1936) pt. 1 1888–1965 American-born British poet, critic, and dramatist:
- Memory believes before knowing remembers.
Light in August (1933) ch. 6 1897–1962 American novelist:
- Everyone seems to remember with great clarity what they were doing on November 22nd, 1963, at the precise moment they heard President Kennedy was dead.
The Odessa File (1972) 1938– English novelist:
- 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!
A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989) 1942– American novelist:
- The true art of memory is the art of attention.
The Idler no. 74 (15 September 1759) 1709–84 English poet, critic, and lexicographer: in
- We met at nine.
We met at eight.
I was on time.
No, you were late.
Ah yes! I remember it well.
1918–86 American songwriter: ‘I Remember it Well’ (1958 song)
- A cigarette that bears a lipstick's traces,
An airline ticket to romantic places;
And still my heart has wings
These foolish things
Remind me of you.
(Eric Maschwitz) 1901–69 English songwriter: ‘These Foolish Things Remind Me of You’ (1935 song)
- And entering with relief some quiet place
Where never fell his foot or shone his face
I say, ‘There is no memory of him here!’
And so stand stricken, so remembering him.
1892–1950 American poet: ‘Time does not bring relief’
- You may break, you may shatter the vase, if you will,
But the scent of the roses will hang round it still.
Irish Melodies (1807) ‘Farewell!—but whenever’ 1779–1852 Irish musician and songwriter:
- The memories of long love gather like drifting snow, poignant as the mandarin ducks who float side by side in sleep.
c.978–c.1031 Japanese writer and courtier: The Tale of Genji
- What beastly incidents our memories insist on cherishing!…the ugly and disgusting…the beautiful things we have to keep diaries to remember!
Strange Interlude (1928) 1888–1953 American dramatist:
- And suddenly the memory revealed itself. The taste was that of the little piece of madeleine which on Sunday mornings at Combray…my aunt Léonie used to give me, dipping it first in her own cup of tea or tisane.
Du côté de chez Swann (Swann's Way, 1913) vol. 1, tr. C. K. Scott-Moncrieff and S. Hudson, rev. T. Kilmartin 1871–1922 French novelist:
- Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.
1830–94 English poet: ‘Remember’ (1862)
- Pay attention to what they tell you to forget.
1913–80 American poet: ‘Double Ode’ (1976)
- I've a grand memory for forgetting, David.
Kidnapped (1886) ch. 18 1850–94 Scottish novelist: