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We've assembled a collection our favorite quotes on memories, remembering, and forgetting. We hope that you enjoy these legacy quotes as much as we do! <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="mark twain quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_mark_twain.jpg"/><p>If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything. ― Mark Twain<p></blockquote> <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="Virginia Woolf quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_virginia_woolf.jpg"/><p>I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don't have complete emotions about the present, only about the past. ― Virginia Woolf</p></blockquote> <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="Friedrich Nietzsche quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_nietzsche.jpg"/><div class="quote"><p>The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time. ― Friedrich Nietzsche</p></blockquote> <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="Marcus Tullius Cicero quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_cicero.jpg"/><p>The life of the dead is placed on the memories of the living. The love you gave in life keeps people alive beyond their time. Anyone who was given love will always live on in another's heart. ― Marcus Tullius Cicero<p></blockquote> <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="Kazuo Ishiguro quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_ishiguro.jpg"/><p>Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading. ― Kazuo Ishiguru</p></blockquote> <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="Marcel Proust quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_proust.jpg"/><p>Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were. ― Marcel Proust<p></blockquote> <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="Jacqueline Woodson quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_woodson.jpg"/><p>I know now that what is tragic isn’t the moment. It is the memory. ― Jacqueline Woodson<p></blockquote> <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="TS Eliot quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_ts_eliot.jpg"/><div class="quote"><p>Footfalls echo in the memory down the passage we did not take towards the door we never opened into the rose garden. My words echo thus, in your mind ― T.S. Eliot</p></blockquote> <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="Haruki Murakami quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_murakami.jpg"/><div class="quote"><p>Most everything you think you know about me is nothing more than memories. ― Haruki Murakami</p></blockquote> <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="Guy de Maupassant quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_maupassant.jpg"/><div class="quote"><p>Our memory is a more perfect world than the universe: it gives back life to those who no longer exist. ― Guy de Maupassant</p></blockquote> <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="Gail Tsukiyama quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_tsukiyama.jpg"/><p>Sometimes you can’t let go of the past without facing it again. ― Gail Tsukiyama <p></blockquote> <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="mark twain quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_mark_twain.jpg"/><p>A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory. ― Mark Twain<p></blockquote> <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="antonio porchia quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_porchia.jpg"/><p>One lives in the hope of becoming a memory. ― Antonio Porchia<p></blockquote> <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="Cesare Pavese quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_pavese.jpg"/><p>We do not remember days, we remember moments. The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten ― Cesare Pavese<p></blockquote> <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="edgar allan poe quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_poe.jpg"/><p>If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered. ― Edgar Allan Poe<p></blockquote> <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="Marcel Proust quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_proust.jpg"/><p>So we don't believe that life is beautiful because we don't recall it but if we get a whiff of a long-forgotten smell we are suddenly intoxicated and similarly we think we no longer love the dead because we don't remember them but if by chance we come across an old glove we burst into tears. ― Marcel Proust<p></blockquote> <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="Alexandra Bracken quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_bracken.jpg"/><p>Ghosts don't haunt people--their memories do. ― Alexandra Bracken<p></blockquote> <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="John Steinbeck quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_steinbeck.jpg"/><p>I remember my childhood names for grasses and secret flowers. I remember where a toad may live and what time the birds awaken in the summer -- and what trees and seasons smelled like -- how people looked and walked and smelled even. The memory of odors is very rich. ― John Steinbeck<p></blockquote> <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="Mark Lawrence quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_mark_lawrence.jpg"/><p>Memory is all we are. Moments and feelings, captured in amber, strung on filaments of reason. Take a man’s memories and you take all of him. Chip away a memory at a time and you destroy him as surely as if you hammered nail after nail through his skull. ― Mark Lawrence<p></blockquote> <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="Friedrich Nietzsche quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_nietzsche.jpg"/><div class="quote"><p>Blessed are the forgetful, for they get the better even of their blunders. ― Friedrich Nietzsche</p></blockquote> <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="Vladimir Nabokov quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_nabokov.jpg"/><div class="quote"><p>I think it is all a matter of love; the more you love a memory the stronger and stranger it becomes ― Vladimir Nabokov</p></blockquote> <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="William James quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_william_james.jpg"/><div class="quote"><p>Most people, probably, are in doubt about certain matters ascribed to their past. They may have seen them, may have said them, done them, or they may only have dreamed or imagined they did so. ― William James</p></blockquote> <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="Haruki Murakami quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_murakami.jpg"/><div class="quote"><p>Memory is a funny thing. When I was in the scene, I hardly paid it any mind. I never stopped to think of it as something that would make a lasting impression, certainly never imagined that eighteen years later I would recall it in such detail. I didn't give a damn about the scenery that day. I was thinking about myself. I was thinking about the beautiful girl walking next to me. I was thinking about the two of us together, and then about myself again. It was the age, that time of life when every sight, every feeling, every thought came back, like a boomerang, to me. And worse, I was in love. Love with complications. The scenery was the last thing on my mind. ― Haruki Murakami</p></blockquote> <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="Daphne du Maurier quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_maurier.jpg"/><p>If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again. ― Daphne du Maurier<p></blockquote> <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="Marcel Proust quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_proust.jpg"/><p>So we don't believe that life is beautiful because we don't recall it but if we get a whiff of a long-forgotten smell we are suddenly intoxicated and similarly we think we no longer love the dead because we don't remember them but if by chance we come across an old glove we burst into tears. ― Marcel Proust<p></blockquote> <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="Han Kang quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_han_kang.jpg"/><p>Some memories never heal. Rather than fading with the passage of time, those memories become the only things that are left behind when all else is abraded. The world darkens, like electric bulbs going out one by one. ― Han Kang<p></blockquote> <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="Aldous Huxley quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_huxley.jpg"/><p>Every man's memory is his private literature. ― Aldous Huxley<p></blockquote> <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="Salman Rushdie quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_rushdie.jpg"/><p>Memory's truth, because memory has its own special kind. It selects, eliminates, alters, exaggerates, minimizes, glorifies, and vilifies also; but in the end it creates its own reality, its heterogeneous but usually coherent version of events; and no sane human being ever trusts someone else's version more than his own. ― Salman Rushdie<p></blockquote> <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="Haruki Murakami quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_murakami.jpg"/><div class="quote"><p>No matter how much suffering you went through, you never wanted to let go of those memories. ― Haruki Murakami</p></blockquote> <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="David M Eagleman quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_eagleman.jpg"/><p>There are three deaths. The first is when the body ceases to function. The second is when the body is consigned to the grave. The third is that moment, sometime in the future, when your name is spoken for the last time. ― David M. Eagleman<p></blockquote> <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="Bram Stroker quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_stroker.jpg"/><p>Remember my friend, that knowledge is stronger than memory, and we should not trust the weaker ― Bram Stroker<p></blockquote> <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="Tan Twan Eng quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_tan_twan_eng.jpg"/><p>Memory is like patches of sunlight in an overcast valley, shifting with the movement of the clouds. Now and then the light will fall on a particular point in time, illuminating it for a moment before the wind seals up the gap, and the world is in shadows again. ― Tan Twan Eng<p></blockquote> <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="Gabriel Garcia Marquez quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_marquez.jpg"/><div class="quote"><p>What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it. ― Gabriel Garcia Marquez</p></blockquote> <blockquote><img class="left" loading="lazy" alt="Haruki Murakami quote" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/photo-web-app-public/th_head_murakami.jpg"/><div class="quote"><p>Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart. ― Haruki Murakami</p></blockquote> Interested in more? Read our article on <a href="https://memairy.com/post/Why-Preserving-Life-Stories-and-Memories-is-Important">the importance of preserving your memories</a>. Check out <a href="https://memairy.com/post/Fascinating-Diary-Entry-Examples-from-4-Famous-Diarists">example entries from the most famous diarists</a>. See our list of <a href="https://memairy.com/post/The-Best-Journal-Prompts-to-Inspire-Creativity">the best journaling prompts to inspire creativity</a>.