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Memory is man's greatest friend and worst enemy. Gilbert Parker
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. John F. Kennedy
Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory. John Kenneth Galbraith
The common people have no history: persecuted by the present, they cannot think of preserving the memory of the past. Jean Henri Fabre
Pithy sentences are like sharp nails which force truth upon our memory. Denis Diderot
He listens well who takes notes. Dante Alighieri
Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten. B. F. Skinner
An autobiography usually reveals nothing bad about its writer except his memory. Franklin P. Jones
Creditors have better memories than debtors. Benjamin Franklin
History has remembered the kings and warriors, because they destroyed; art has remembered the people, because they created. William Morris
There is nothing new except what has been forgotten. Marie Antoinette
We are always doing something for posterity, but I would fain see posterity do something for us. Joseph Addison
Who has fully realized that history is not contained in thick books but lives in our very blood? Carl Jung
History is a battleground... but it has always been the case. Remembering is a radical act. Choosing what is important and what belongs in the overstuffed metaphorical dustbin of history is of vital importance. Alexandra Petri
Selective memory has always been the problem. An insistence on seeing some people and movements as the sum only of their brightest and most glorious moments, and others as unmitigated villains, makes for a vision of history that is tragically incomplete. Alexandra Petri
We stand on the watershed dividing the past from the future. Let us bury the past in so far as it is dead and forget all bitterness and recrimination. Let there be moderation in speech and writing.... There has been violence—shameful, degrading and revolting violence—in various parts of the country. This must end. We are determined to end it. We must make it clear that political ends ae not to be achieved by methods of violence now or in the future. Louis Mountbatten
History won't let go of us. We're pinned to it. Teju Cole
Writers are the history keepers. Jacqueline Woodson
Amnesia best describes America's official stance regarding slavery Eric Foner
Whoever in discussion adduces authority uses not intellect but rather memory. Leonardo da Vinci
All drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with your self-esteem. They’re no good at all. But I’m not going to go around preaching against them. Kurt Cobain
Everyone complains of his memory, but no one complains of his judgment. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
In reconstructing the past, historians generally are compelled to rely on accounts written after the event by participants and witnesses, or on the hearsay versions of those who learned at second-hand what had occurred. Such writings are subject to the infirmities of recollection, or of bias arising from allegiance to one side or the other. Raoul Berger
People seem to lose all respect for the past; events succeed each other with such velocity that the most remarkable one of a few years gone by, is no more remembered than if centuries had closed over it. Marguerite Blessington
When glory comes, loss of memory follows. French Proverb
He was a walking library. James Madison
We must ask people to forget about the past and to live for the future. Mahmoud Abbas
The one who throws the stone forgets; the one who is hit remembers forever. Angolan Proverb
But each day brings its petty dust Our soon-chok'd souls to fill, And we forget because we must, And not because we will. Matthew Arnold
He is remembered chiefly as the man about whom all is forgotten. Nicolas Bentley
We have a national memory in this country of about 7 minutes. Carl Bernstein
People talk from memory and memory often plays false. Gabor Boritt
The palest ink is better than the best memory. Chinese Proverb
History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity Marcus Tulliuis Cicero
During the eight years that Dwight Eisenhower was President ... even to the last year of his incumbency, if I happened to be with a group of senators and others greeting him, I had to tell him my name. Norris H. Cotton
[Describing the Republican Party:] ... the party of memory Ralph Waldo Emerson
The notepad is open and the hand is writing. Levi Eshkol
Malice hath a strong memory. Thomas Fuller
The great thing about a computer notebook is that no matter how much you stuff into it, it doesn't get bigger or heavier. Bill Gates
We can remember minutely and precisely only the things which never really happened to us. Eric Hoffer
We forget how quickly the American people forget. Hamilton Jordan
Never forget Maciver Clan
The proper memory for a politician is one that knows what to remember and what to forget. John Morley
If you are a real soldier, you never get over the war. Audie Murphy
A Bourbon never learns anything, and never forgets anything. Spanish Proverb
Amid the pressure of world events, neither a general principle nor the remembrance of similar circumstances is of any help . . . . Something like pale recollection has no power against the vitality and freedom of the present Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
But time at last makes all things even, And if we do but watch the hour, There never yet was human power That could evade, if unforgiven, The patient hate and vigil long, Of those who treasure up a wrong George Gordon Byron
Societies perish when people forget where they come from. Carl Sandburg
They are not dead who live in the hearts they leave behind. Tuscarora Indian Tribe
A people without a history is like the wind over buffalo grass. Sioux Indian Tribe
Nobody wants to get over the legacy of slavery more than Black people do. Saidiya Hartman
History repeats itself because no one listens the first time. Anonymous
Many try to force the past to change. Mason Cooley
The control of the past depends above all on the training of memory George Orwell Blair
A lot of people may not read the history of their own country, but they carry on memories transmitted by previous generations. They're trying to achieve something, [they] have their mission and anger -- all this is fed by past experience of history. Nayan Chanda
Since human memory is short and does not suffice for a crowd of things, the authority of those who preceded our age, the divine emperors and kings, has decreed that those things were to be written down which the progress of fleeting time generally removes from the knowledge of men. Frederick I Barbarosa
The communist experiment should never be forgotten otherwise it may be repeated. Vaclav Klaus
Memory, I realize, can be an unreliable thing; often it is heavily coloured by the circumstances Kazuo Ishiguro
The Negro is essentially the child of the moment and his memory, both tribal and individual, is very short Encyclopaedia Britannica
First, that the recollection of everything done be one party or the other, between March, 1585 and our accession to the crown, and during all the preceding period of troubles, remain obliterated and forgotten, as if no such things had ever happened.... We forbid on all our subjects, of some state and quality that they are, to renew the memory, to attack, to feel, to scold, nor to provoke each other by reproach of what took place, for some cause and excuse whether it is, to compete for it, to dispute, quarrel nor offend itself or take offence actually or at word, but contain itself and live peacefully together as brothers, friends and fellow countrymen, on punishment to the offenders to be punished as infracteurs of peace and troublemakers of the public rest. Henry IV
Pass over the old error, do not recall it. Ptah-Hotep
History takes time... History makes memory. Gertrude Stein
No study, pursued under compulsion, remains rooted in the memory Plato
Always tell the truth. Then you'll never have to remember what you said the last time. Sam Rayburn
If we should remember everything we would be as worse off as if we remembered nothing. William James
The inhabitants are hardly barbarous, they have a ...marvelous faculty for remembering places, and for describing them to one another. They ...can recall things that a White could not rehearse without writing Francesco Giuseppe Bressani
A man's memory is bound to be a distortion of his past in accordance with his present interests, and the most faithful autobiography is likely to mirror less what a man was than what he has become. Fawn M. Brodie
Our life is a hope which is continually converting itself into memory and memory in its turn begets hope. Miguel de Unamuno
The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature. Abraham Lincoln
Nothing is so retentive as a nation's memory. Joseph A. Schumpeter
History is nothing but assisted and recorded memory. It might almost be said to be no science at all George Santayana
Happily for the busy lunatics who rule over us, we are permanently the United States of Amnesia. We learn nothing because we remember nothing. Gore Vidal
The mistakes you made you tend to conveniently forget Kenneth D. Taylor
… science may implement the ways in which man produces, stores, and consults the record of the race.... Vannevar Bush
As soon as anything is processed by memory, it’s fiction. Jay Parini
We cannot dwell on remembered glory. Jimmy Carter
Memory is often less about truth than about what we want it to be. David Halberstam
Liars ought to have good memories. Quintilian
A strong memory is generally joined to a weak judgment. Michel de Montaigne
We teach and test things most students have no interest in and will never need, and facts that they can Google and will forget as soon as the test is over Tony Wagner
Man is a history-making creature who can neither repeat his past nor leave it behind. W. H. Auden
History is the most dangerous substance that the chemistry of the intellect has created…. I makes men dream, intoxicates them, breeds false memories in them, aggravates their responses, takes up their ancient grievances, torments them in their sleep, carries them into the delirium of grandeur or else of persecution, and turns nations bitter, intolerable, and vain. Paul Valery
The only danger of knowing and thinking a lot about history, is that you will trip on something behind you. Be sure you also look ahead. Lewis D. Eigen
History is not what you thought. It is what you can remember. All other history defeats itself. Mikhail Bakunin
When you learn a thing, try to use it sufficiently often not to forget it! Eleanor Roosevelt
Consider a future device for individual use, which is a sort of mechanized private file and library. It needs a name, and, to coin one at random, "memex" will do. A memex is a device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility. It is an enlarged intimate supplement to his memory. Vannevar Bush
A man in my situation, my lords, has not only to encounter the difficulties of fortune. and the force of power over minds which it has corrupted or subjugated. but the difficulties of established prejudice: the man dies, but his memory lives Robert Emmet
Only by not forgetting the past can we be the master of the future. Ba Jin
When the spring comes, we will manure the plains of Kosova with the bones of Serbs, for we Albanians have suffered too much to forget Isa Boletini
If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything. Mark Twain
We must discard the past in order to find a remedy for the evils of the present. Johann Heinrich von Bernstorff
… from the dawn of history to the present time, men have paid the homage of their gratitude and admiration to the memory of those who nobly sacrifice their lives, that their fellow-men may live in safety and in honor. Edward Everett
Live out of your imagination, not your history Stephen Covey
We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies. Shirley Abbot
The history of a battle, is not unlike the history of a ball. Some individuals may recollect all the little events of which the great result is the battle won or lost, but no individual can recollect the order in which, or the exact moment at which, they occurred, which makes all the difference as to their value or importance. .. Arthur Wellesley
The American government cannot escape its history. Adam Goldman
Forget the things that are behind. Forget the unhappy past. Forget the stories of the old feuds, the old triumphs, the old humiliations. John MacNeice
The Serb kingdom, after varying fortunes culminating in the magnificence of Tsar Stephen Dushan, crowned in 1346 as "Emperor of the Serbs and Greeks" with territories stretching from the Danube to Thessaly and from the Adriatic well into what is today Bulgaria, went down at last before the Turkish invasion; the fatal blow was received on the Field of the Blackbirds on the 15th of June, 1389, a day remembered by the Serbs each year through five centuries as a day of mourning--now the national holiday. Hamilton Fish Armstrong
Sexist attitudes—in the United States as well as in India—make it harder for female scholars … to write freely, provocatively, and creatively about subjects that touch the raw nerves of cultural pride, historical memory, and group identity … particularly galling to patriarchal conservatives in India, focusing as it does on feminist undercurrents within Hinduism that undermine the authority of elite, upper-caste, male, and orthodox sections of Hindu society. Ananya Vajpeyi
An inquiry is much sooner forgotten than an insult. Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth the reading, or do things worth the writing. Benjamin Franklin
How can I live in this country Where the foot knocks against The unburied bones of kin? I hear voices, see smiles. I cannot Write anything; five hands Seize my pen and order me to write The story of their lives and deaths. Was I born to become a ritual mourner? I want to sing of festivities, The greenwood into which Shakespeare Often took me. Leave To poets a moment of happiness, Otherwise your world will perish. Czeslaw Milosz
For a country without a past is nothing, a word That, hardly spoken, loses its meaning, A perishable wall destroyed by flame, An echo of animal emotions. Czeslaw Milosz
Even if America is unlikely to descend into another civil war, our present trajectory carries huge risks. Millennials may take charge of the country without much memory of a functional Congress, tolerant public discourse, or social circles that transcend our atomized subcultures. Today’s college students can scarcely recall a life free of internet trolls! Conor Friedersdorf
Shall then this man go hungry, here in lands Blest by his honor, builded by his hands? Do something for him: let him never be Forgotten: let him have his daily bread: He who has fed us, let him now be fed. Let us remember his tragic lot— Remember, or else be ourselves forgot! Edwin Markham
For more than 1000 years our spiritual traditions and common values have been nurtured and begotten here. Today, as we restore the value of patriotism , historical memory and cultural tradition, we are seeking firmer bonds with Mount Athos. Vladimir Putin
The trouble with great slogans is that people remember them. Mike Leavitt
My God. If I had known I was going to live this long, I would’ve taken better care of myself.... Since the alternative [to living with Alzheimer's Disease] is being dead, I am quite happy where I am. Richard Goldbloom
If I really lose the rest of my memory, don't let my kids spend a lot of money to put me in an expensive care facility. If they treat me very well there, I will not remember it, and if they treat me badly I will not remember that either. So it really won't matter, will it? Christa Fagerberg
Computers have wonderful memories. Human memory is more fuzzy. Andrew W. Moore
In my tenure I had three one-on-one meetings in the Oval Office with the President, and I can assure you that you remember every word of those meetings. Abd if the President indicates what he would like or prefer, you do not take that as optional. James R. Clapper