If you want to win friends, make it a point to remember them. If you remember my name, you pay me a subtle compliment; you indicate that I have made an impression on you. Remember my name and you add to my feeling of importance.
—Dale Carnegie (1888–1955) American Self-Help Author
The best memory is that which forgets nothing, but injuries. Write kindness in marble and write injuries in the dust.
We are so constituted that we believe the most incredible things, and once they are engraved upon the memory, woe to him that endeavor to erase them.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) German Poet
When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not.
—Mark Twain (1835–1910) American Humorist
There are five ways in which to become wise: be silent, listen, remember, grow older and study.
It is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate to the present than it is to have it elude you and remain forever a harmonious conception of memory.
—F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940) American Novelist
We cannot afford to forget any experience, not even the most painful.
—Dag Hammarskjold (1905–61) Swedish Statesman, UN Diplomat
The giver should forget, but the receiver should remember forever.
He who seeks revenge should remember to dig two graves.
Memories may escape the action of the will, may sleep a long time, but when stirred by the right influence, though that influence be light as a shadow, they flash into full stature and life with everything in place.
—John Muir (1838–1914) Scottish-born American Naturalist
Unless we remember we cannot understand.
—E. M. Forster (1879–1970) English Novelist, Short Story Writer, Essayist
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 (1840–1916) American Catholic Clergyman, Educator, Essayist, Biographer
There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory.
—Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw) (1818–85) American Humorist, Author, Lecturer
Our memories are independent of our wills. It is not easy to forget.
—Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751–1816) Irish-born British Playwright, Poet, Elected Rep
If I could remember your name, I’d ask you where I left my keys.
Memory is everyone’s friend—it leaves you when you need it most.
Memory is often the attribute of stupidity; it generally belongs to heavy spirits whom it makes even heavier by the baggage it loads on them.
—Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand (1768–1848) French Writer, Academician, Statesman
Everyone blames his memory, but never his judgement.
I always have trouble remembering three things: faces, names, and—I can’t remember what the third thing is.
—Fred Allen (1894–1956) American Humorist, Radio Personality
What beastly incidents our memories insist on cherishing, the ugly, and the disgusting; the beautiful things we have to keep diaries to remember.
—Eugene O’Neill (1888–1953) American Playwright
Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory.
—Franklin P. Adams (1881–1960) American Columnist, Radio Personality, Author
We have all forgot more than we remember.
—Thomas Fuller (1608–61) English Cleric, Historian
Recollection is the only paradise from which we cannot be turned out.
—Jean Paul (1763–1825) German Novelist, Humorist
A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.
The secret of a good memory is attention, and attention to a subject depends upon our interest in it. We rarely forget that which has made a deep impression on our minds.
—Tryon Edwards American Theologian
Our memory is like a shop in the window of which is exposed now one, now another photograph of the same person. And as a rule the most recent exhibit remains for some time the only one to be seen.
—Marcel Proust (1871–1922) French Novelist
There is no greater sorrow than to recall a happy time in the midst of wretchedness.
—Dante Alighieri (1265–1321) Italian Poet, Philosopher
What we remember from childhood we remember forever—permanent ghosts, stamped, inked, imprinted, eternally seen.
—Cynthia Ozick (b.1928) American Novelist, Short-story Writer, Essayist
When one is in trouble, one remembers God.
So live that your memories will be part of your happiness.