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Memory is man's greatest friend and worst enemy. ...
by Gilbert Parker

Memory is man's greatest friend and worst enemy.
- Gilbert Parker

It is not the broken heart that kills,
but broken pride, monseigneur.
- Gilbert Parker

War is cruelty, and none can make it gentle.
- Gilbert Parker

Imagination is at the root of much that passes for love.
- Gilbert Parker

 

Nothing is so unproductive as the law.
It is expensive whether you win or lose.
- Gilbert Parker

She belongs to a race of delightful women,
who never do any harm, whom everybody calls good,
and who are very severe on those who do not pretend to be good.
- Gilbert Parker

Tomorrow is no man's gift.
- Gilbert Parker

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The real business of life is trying to understand each other.
- Gilbert Parker

For when a child is born the mother also is born again.
- Gilbert Parker

But paying is part of the game of life:
it is the joy of buying that we crave.
- Gilbert Parker

There's no credit in not doing what you don't want to do.
There's no virtue in not falling, when you're not tempted.
- Gilbert Parker

Every shot that kills ricochets.
- Gilbert Parker

There is no refuge from memory and remorse in this world.
The spirits of our foolish deeds haunt us,
with or without repentance.
- Gilbert Parker

There is no influence like the influence of habit.
- Gilbert Parker

Every man should have laws of his own,
I should think; commandments of his own,
for every man has a different set of circumstances wherein to work -
or worry.
- Gilbert Parker

He knew the lie of silence to be as evil as the lie of speech.
- Gilbert Parker

Love knows not distance; it hath no continent;
its eyes are for the stars.
- Gilbert Parker

It's the people who try to be clever who never are;
the people who are clever never think of trying to be.
- Gilbert Parker

Man is born in a day, and he dies in a day,
and the thing is easily over; but to have a sick heart
for three-fourths of one's lifetime is simply to have
death renewed every morning;
and life at that price is not worth living.
- Gilbert Parker

It must be remembered that the sea is a great breeder of friendship.
Two men who have known each other for twenty years
find that twenty days at sea bring them nearer than ever they were before,
or else estrange them.
- Gilbert Parker

In all secrets there is a kind of guilt,
however beautiful or joyful they may be,
or for what good end they may be set to serve.
Secrecy means evasion, and evasion means a problem to the moral mind.
- Gilbert Parker

He came by a leap to the goal of purpose,
not by the toilsome steps of reason.
On the instant his headlong spirit declared his purpose:
this was the one being for him in all the world:
at this altar he would light a lamp of devotion,
and keep it burning forever.
- Gilbert Parker

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
- Abraham Lincoln

Many a man fails as an original thinker
simply because his memory is too good.
- Nietzsche

Gratitude is the memory of the heart.
- Jean Baptiste Massieu

Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority
is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
love leaves a memory no one can steal.
- From a headstone in Ireland

Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today's events.
- Albert Einstein

A life, deeply rooted, lives and grows in memory.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

So long as the memory of certain
beloved friends lives in my heart,
I shall say that life is good.
- Helen Keller

A life rooted deeply lives and grows in memory.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A friend knows the song in my heart
and sings it to me when my memory fails.
- Donna Roberts

There is a magic in the memory of schoolboy friendships;
it softens the heart,
and even affects the nervous system
of those who have no heart.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Release your burdens - your fears, regrets,
guilts, shames, embarrassments, angers.
One by one, pick up each memory or fear that troubles you,
hold it close, and release it to the Universe.
Release each incident from your past that still bothers you.
Release each fear - your fears about your health,
your family, your job, and every other fear.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When we lose one we love,
our bitterest tears are called forth
by the memory of hours when we loved not enough.
- Maurice Maeterlinck

You can't go home again because home has ceased to exist
except in the mothballs of memory.
- John Steinbeck (Travels With Charley)

If you want to test your memory, try to recall what
you were worrying about one year ago today.
- E. Joseph Cossman

Every goodbye is the birth of a memory.
- Dutch Proverb

The timeless in you is aware of life's timelessness;
and knows that yesterday is but today's memory
and tomorrow is today's dream.
- Khalil Gibran

It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which
occur more frequently in memory than in life.
- P. D. James

There'll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them,
and I am a poet of memory.
- Philip Levine

Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream.
- Khalil Gibran

The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying
to get back to where it was.
- Toni Morrison

Time moves in one direction, memory in another.
- William Gibson

Have a talk with your mind
(it really is something separate from yourself).
Lay down the law.
"My life begins TODAY.
I am like a newborn.
I have what I have today;
I have my fingers, my toes,
some people in my life,
some material and financial state.
Yesterday is only a dream -
perhaps a nightmare,
perhaps a cherished memory,
but only a dream - nothing more.
I will make all decisions and actions based solely
on what I have today as a starting point."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I think one of the finest gifts I can give
my friends in the holiday season is to pause
with a long enough quality to actually SEE them.
My calm, unhurried presence communicates
this gift of a message, "I see you. I recognize you.
I remember our times of together
and am contributing right now to another quality memory.
I value you and honor and take the time,
right this moment to pause long enough to truly notice you."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Memory is the mother of all wisdom.
- Aeschylus

Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.
- Albert Schweitzer

Science and technology revolutionize our lives,
but memory, tradition and myth frame our response.
- Arthur M. Schlesinger

It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.
- Lewis Carroll

People in cities may forget the soil for as long as a hundred years,
but Mother Nature's memory is long and she will not
let them forget indefinitely.
- Henry Cantwell Wallace

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.
- Charles R. Swindoll

Home is one's birthplace, ratified by memory.
- Henry Anatole Grunwald

An education isn't how much you have committed to memory,
or even how much you know.
It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't.
- Anatole France

The headline is the most important element of an ad.
It must offer a promise to the reader of a believable benefit.
And it must be phrased in a way to give it memory value.
- Morris Hite

My books are elegiac in the sense that they're odes
to a nation that even I sometimes think may not exist
anymore except in my memory and my imagination.
- Richard Russo

Literature becomes the living memory of a nation.
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

I should remember more, and I have a pretty good memory.
- Cesar Romero

I was helped by having a verbatim memory of what happened years ago,
even if I can't remember what happened a couple of days ago.
- James Herriot

Observation is an old man's memory.
- Jonathan Swift

It takes good memory to keep up a lie.
- Pierre Corneille

We have committed the Golden Rule to memory;
let us now commit it to life.
- Edwin Markham

Do not trust your memory; it is a net full of holes;
the most beautiful prizes slip through it.
- Georges Duhamel

Only people have been through that miserable time will
recall the pass from their deep memory.
- Zhang Yimou

I've always been fascinated by the operation of memory -
the way in which it is not linear but fragmented,
and its ambivalence.
- Penelope Lively

Memory is a complicated thing, a relative to truth,
but not its twin.
- Barbara Kingsolver

There's not a good poet I know who has not at the beck
and call of his memory a vast quantity of poetry that
composes his mental library.
- Anthony Hecht

Memory is a great artist.
For every man and for every woman it makes the recollection
of his or her life a work of art and an unfaithful record.
- Andre Maurois

The struggle of man against power is the struggle of
memory against forgetting.
- Milan Kundera

The book is openly a kind of spiritual autobiography,
but the trick is that on any other level it's a kind
of insane collage of fragments of memory.
- Jonathan Lethem


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