„You can’t remember sex. You can remember the fact of it, and recall the setting, and even the details, but the sex of the sex cannot be remembered, the substantive truth of it, it is by nature self-erasing, you can remember its anatomy and be left with a judgment as to the degree of your liking of it, but whatever it is as a splurge of being, as a loss, as a charge of the conviction of love stopping your heart like your execution, there is no memory of it in the brain, only the deduction that it happened and that time passed, leaving you with a silhouette that you want to fill in again.“
— E.L. Doctorow, buch Billy Bathgate
Billy Bathgate (1989), Ch. 16
„As you get older three things happen. The first is your memory goes, and I can’t remember the other two.“
— Norman Wisdom English actor, comedian and singer-songwriter 1915 - 2010
„If your memory serves you well, I remember you're the one who called out me to call out them to get your business done.
And after every plan has failed, and there was nothing left to tell, well you knew that we shall meet again if your memory serves you well.“
— Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist 1941
Song lyrics, The Basement Tapes (1975), This Wheel's on Fire (recorded in 1967)
„The story is one that you and I will construct together in your memory. If the story means anything to you at all, then when you remember it afterward, think of it, not as something I created, but rather as something that we made together.“
— Orson Scott Card, buch Ender's Game
„Remember that as a teenager you are in the last stage of your life when you will be happy to hear the phone is for you.“
— Fran Lebowitz, buch Social Studies
Social Studies (1981), "Tips for Teens".
— Gabriel García Márquez, buch Living to Tell the Tale
Living to Tell the Tale (2002)
„I remember the time an older man asked me when I was young, "Do you know what you are doing now?" I thought it was some kind of trick question.
Tell me," I said.
You are building your memories," he replied, "so make them good ones.“
— Ravi Zacharias Indian philosopher 1946
„At some point in life the world's beauty becomes enough. You don't need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough. No record of it needs to be kept and you don't need someone to share it with or tell it to. When that happens — that letting go — you let go because you can.“
— Toni Morrison, buch Tar Baby
Tar Baby (1981)
„Memory is so corrupt that you remember only what you want to; if you want to forget about something, slowly but surely you do.“
— Stefan Zweig, buch The Post Office Girl
The Post Office Girl (published posthumously in 1982)
„There is one who remembers the way to your door:
Life you may evade, but Death you shall not.
You shall not deny the Stranger.“
— T.S. Eliot 20th century English author 1888 - 1965
Choruses from The Rock (1934)