Memory Quotes – 1

Quotation is the highest compliment
you can pay to an author – André-Marie Ampère
Aeschylus - known for his quotes

Aeschylus, prolific ancient Greek playwright and philosopher, c. 525-456 BC

Oh good, you’ve found the quotes page! I should explain first that these aren’t just quotes about the subject of memory improvement, per se (which wouldn’t have given me much scope for a quotes page, to be honest!), but quotes on the subject of memory in general. Or even quotes that only very gently touch on the subject, even if ever so delicately.

Look, the bottom line is this: we all enjoy reading interesting quotes, right? So I’m not tying myself down to only including quotes along very strict guidelines. What I will say though, is that they’ll all be interesting quotes. If there’s one thing I can’t stand it’s a collection of weak, pointless, badly selected quotes that leaves you wondering why you bothered to start reading them. So I’m going to make it my business to only include quotes that are interesting, for whatever reason.

And I just hope you enjoy reading them, as much as I enjoyed finding them!

If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today – E. Joseph Cossman

I like this one! No matter how bad things seem at the time, they do seem to fade with the passage of time. I mean, seriously … can you remember what you were worrying about a year ago today? Or even a month ago?

If we could keep this in mind we’d take things much more in our stride. Our worries really are temporary, for the most part.

Memory: a child walking along a seashore. You never can tell what small pebble it will pick up and store away among its treasured thing – Pierce Harris

It’s so true. How often has something come to mind from years ago, maybe even decades ago, and it was something insignificant, or seemingly so. Maybe you don’t even know why you remembered it in the first place. For some reason though, your brain focussed on it, and with that laser-like intensity it has, it fixed it in its glare and held it there, all these years.

I suppose if we had proper control over that ability we wouldn’t need to study memory improvement!  

Every man’s memory is his private literature – Aldous Huxley

Which reminds me of something I heard Peter Ustinov say on the radio, years ago, on the same subject … it was something to the effect “What goes on in your head is all you have really … you owe it to yourself to make sure it’s of the finest”.

Memory is the mother of all wisdom – Aeschylus

Like Einstein, he knew a thing or two, about a thing or two, that Aeschylus feller.

There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief – Aeschylus

There he goes again! Right on the money! Not only a great playwright (apparently), but a philosopher of rare talent too.

Our dreams must be stronger than our memories. We must be pulled by our dreams, rather than pushed by our memories – Jesse Jackson

Modern day philosopher. Puts you in mind of Martin Luther King when he talks like that. But only when he talks like that!

I’ve a grand memory for forgetting – Robert Louis Stevenson

I can certainly identify with that one!

As memory may be a paradise from which we cannot be driven, it may also be a hell from which we cannot escape – John Lancaster Spalding

It’s true! What goes on in our memory affects us deeply. Great memories are a blessing, bad ones a curse. The wisdom, I suppose, comes from savouring the good ones, I mean really savouring them, and letting the bad ones fade, because they serve no useful purpose.

A man’s real possession is his memory. In nothing else is he rich, in nothing else is he poor – Alexander Smith

You said a mouthful when you said that, Alex. Couldn’t have put it better myself!

A great memory is never made synonymous with wisdom, any more than a dictionary would be called a treatise – John Henry Newman

So true! A great memory is a wonderful attribute, but at the end of the day it is only a tool to do a job. Without discernment, common sense, perhaps even wisdom, it’s no more ‘intelligent’ than a memory module in a computer.


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