— F. Scott Fitzgerald American novelist and screenwriter 1896 - 1940
„Life has little breathing time; and, even when we do for a moment reflect, it is rather on our present than our past : the pains and pleasures of memory are put aside as quickly as the poem which celebrates them.“
— Letitia Elizabeth Landon English poet and novelist 1802 - 1838
— Nisargadatta Maharaj Indian guru 1897 - 1981
Source: "I am That." P.8
„The poet is a pretender.
He pretends so completely,
that he even pretends that it is pain
the pain he really feels.“
— Fernando Pessoa Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher 1888 - 1935
O poeta é um fingidor. Finge tão completamente Que chega a fingir que é dor A dor que deveras sente. "Autopsicografia" ["Autopsychography"], in Presença, No. 36 (November 1932) Fernando Pessoa's most translated poem. Richard Zenith's translation: The poet is a faker Who's so good at his act He even fakes the pain Of pain he feels in fact.
— Heraclitus pre-Socratic Greek philosopher -535 - -475 v.Chr
χαλεπώτερον ἡδονῇ μάχεσθαι ἢ θυμῷ As quoted by Aristotle in Nicomachean Ethics, Book II (1105a)
— John Irving American novelist and screenwriter 1942
The World According to Garp, ch. 5
— John Selden English jurist and scholar of England's ancient laws and constitution, and of Jewish law 1584 - 1654
— Baba Hari Dass master yogi, author, builder, commentator of Indian spiritual tradition 1923
— Bette Davis film and television actress from the United States 1908 - 1989
„Drunkenness is the vice of a good constitution or of a bad memory—of a constitution so treacherously good that it never bends till it breaks; or of a memory that recollects the pleasures of getting intoxicated, but forgets the pains of getting sober.“
— Charles Caleb Colton British priest and writer 1780 - 1832
Vol. II; XXXVIII
— Dr. Seuss American children's writer and illustrator, co-founder of Beginner Books 1904 - 1991
Georges Duhamel in THE HEART'S DOMAIN (1919). As it was composed in French, the wording in English may vary in translation. Theodore Geisel / Dr. Seuss was born in 1904, and would have been about 15 years old at the time that it was published. The full text can be found at the link below: We do not know the true value of our moments until they have undergone the test of memory. Like the images the photographer plunges into a golden bath, our sentiments take on color; and only then, after that recoil and that trans-figuration, do we understand their real meaning and enjoy them in all their tranquil splendor.