Sunday, March 16, 2008

Memory -

Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?

Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?

So live that your memories will be part of your happiness.

There are three kinds of memory - good, bad and convenient.

Memory can glean, but never renew. It brings us joys faint as is the perfume of flowers, faded and dried, of the summer that is gone. -- Henry Ward Beecher

Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume.-Jean de Boufflers, 1738-1815

Of joys departed, not to return, how painful the remembrance. -- Robert Blair

Memory seldom fails when its office is to show us the tombs of our buried hopes.Lady Marguerite Blessington (1789-1849)

Joy's recollection is no longer joy, while sorrow's memory is sorrow still. -- Byron

She glances at the photo, and the pilot light of memory flickers in her eyes. -Frank Deford

Just as loss of memory in an individual is a psychiatric defect calling for a medical treatment, so too any community which has no social memory is suffering from an illness.-- Eerdmans Handbook to the History of Christianity (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1977), p. 2.

If the days grow dark, if care and pain
Press close and sharp on heart and brain;
Then lovely pictures still shall bloom,
Upon the walls of memory's room
--Charles Monroe Dickinson (1842-1924)_My Burdens_

Memory is a child walking along a seashore. You never know what small pebble it will pick up and store away among its treasured things.--Pierce Harris

There is a remembrance of the dead, to which we turn even from the charms of the living. These we would not exchange for the song of pleasure or the bursts of revelry. -- Washington Irving

If you don't go far enough back in memory or far enough ahead in hope, your future will be impoverished.
Art Linkletter (1912-____) From an internet collection of quotations

When Time who steals our years away
Shall steal our pleasures too,
The mem'ry of the past will stay,
And half our joys renew.
Thomas Moore 1779-1852 , Song. From Juvenile Poems.

Cherish all your happy moments - they make a fine cushion for old age. -- Christopher Morley (1890 - 1957)

When, of a Sunda, Ah sits i mi pew,
Ah sees a list o lads at yance Ah knew,
An then it ardlins seems a day sin last
Ah spooak tiv em, though monny yeears es passed.

There's Dick at war a champion wi t'ploo,
Ti set a rig an furrow straight an true,
An Ben at snickled monny a fine fat hare,
E'll nivver trouble t'keepers onny mair!

'Arry, that oor Sarah used ti cooart,
An Bob at war a dab at ivvry spooart,
When Ah war young, Ah palled on wiv em all,
Bud noo they're nobbut neeams upon t'choch wall.
Q Nicholas An East Yorkshire Anthology

Memory is a great betrayer. --Anais Nin (1903-1977)_The Diary of Anais Nin_, Volume V [1974], "Letter to Geismar" 16 Jan

The popularity of video cameras arises from a simple misunderstanding. Somehow people have the idea that they won't mind being old if they can turn on the TV and see what they were like when they were young. This is not true.
The best memories are ones that have been allowed to evolve unhindered by documentary proof. I often cheer myself up by thinking back on my days as a football star.
These recollections would be less thrilling if they were accompanied by a video showing that I weighed 80 pounds and spent most of my time on the bench. Memory is better than a video because it's free and it doesn't work very well. --David Owen

We do not remember days, we remember moments. - Cesane Pareso

Recollection is the only paradise from which we cannot be turned out. --Johann Richter [Jean Paul] (1763-1825)

We cannot change our memories, but we can change their meaning and the power they have over us. DAVID SEAMANDS

God gave His children memory that in life's garden there might be June roses in December. --Geoffrey Anketell Studdert-Kennedy (1883-1929) _Roses in December_

I remember things that happened sixty years ago, but if you ask me where I left my car keys five minutes ago, that's sometimes a problem. -- Lou Thesz

Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most. Mark Twain

When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it happened or not. -- Mark Twain

In the memory of oppression, oppression peretuates itself. The scar does the work of the wound. That is the real tragedy: that injustice retains the power to distort long after it has ceased to be real. It is a posthumous victory for the oppressors, when pain becomes a tradition. This is the unfairly difficult dilemma of the newly emancipated and the newly enfranchised: an honorable life is not possible if they remember too little, and a normal life is not possible if they remember too much. -- Leon Wieseltier, "Scar Tissue", _The New Republic_, June 5, 1989

"Should old acquaintance be forgot? That depends on how they behave themselves."
Daily British Whig, Kingston, Ontario 23 July 1869

And when the wind and winter harden
All the loveless land,
It will whisper of the garden
You will understand
OW, Poems (1881) - to Constance

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