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Painful Memory Quotes


"Memory is sweet. Even when it's painful, memory is sweet." - Li-Young Lee

"Today is not yesterday: we ourselves change; how can our works and thoughts, if they are always to be the fittest, continue always the same? Change, indeed is painful; yet ever needful; and if memory have its force and worth, so also has hope." - Thomas Carlyle

"I do a good job of blocking painful, unnecessary things from my memory." - Stephenie Meyer

"Memory feeds imagination." - Amy Tan

"I have a good memory for certain things. And a very short memory for painful things - that's my favorite Martha Stewart quote, by the way." - Reese Witherspoon

"Rather I fear on the contrary that while we banish painful thoughts we may banish memory as well." - Plutarch

"It is especially painful when narcissists suffer memory loss because they are losing parts of the person they love most." - David Brooks

"And painful pleasure turns to pleasing pain." - Edmund Spenser

"Life is painful, nasty and short.. in my case it has only been painful and nasty." - Djuna Barnes

"Memory belongs to the imagination." - Alain Robbe-Grillet

"O Memory! thou fond deceiver." - Oliver Goldsmith

"I think a lot of us can relate to not choosing to face a painful memory, and something that's a painful past, and wanting to pretend like it never happened." - Derek Magyar

"I'm still willing to continue living with the burden of this memory. Even though this is a painful memory, even though this memory makes my heart ache. Sometimes I almost want to ask God to let me forget this memory. But as long as I try to be strong and not run away, doing my best, there will finally be someday...there will be finally be someday I can overcome this painful memory. I believe I can. I believe I can do it. There is no memory that can be forgotten, there is not that kind of memory. Always in my heart." - Natsuki Takaya

"How vast a memory has Love!" - Alexander Pope

"Gratitude is the moral memory of mankind." - Georg Simmel

"Let your memory be your travel bag." - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory." - Joseph Conrad

"In loving memory from the Family." - Bugsy Siegel

"I have a very vivid memory." - Billy Eichner

"Memory is the happiness of being alone." - Lois Lowry

"I write in a rush of memory." - Brent Runyon

"We wouldn't pay to rent and watch the same painful movie two hundred fifty times, but somehow we let our mind replay a bad memory over and over, each time experiencing the same distress and shame." - Jan Chozen Bays

"I more remember the periods of time when I wasn't getting any auditions. That's more what I find painful in memory; that feeling of not even getting the chance to try and be rejected." - Emma Stone

"Painful events leave scars, true, but it turns out they're largely erasable. Jill Bolte Taylor, the neuroanatomist who had a stroke that obliterated her memory, described the event as losing '37 years of emotional baggage.'" - Martha Beck

"Gossip is only the lack of a worthy memory." - Elbert Hubbard

"Illiterate him, I say, quite from your memory." - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

"A liar ought to have a good memory." - Quintilian

"A good memory is one trained to forget the trivial." - Clifton Paul Fadiman

"Quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts." - Winston Churchill

"At the heart of memory, is the stillness of time." - Manu Joseph

"Nothing is so retentive as a nation's memory." - Joseph Schumpeter

"I think all writing is done through memory." - Guillermo Cabrera Infante

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

"Gratitude changes the pangs of memory into a tranquil joy." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"A writer's main tool is his memory - his own memory, the collective memory of his people. And the strongest memory is the one that is created by a wound to the heart." - Anatoly Rybakov

"I'm always fascinated by the way memory diffuses fact." - Diane Sawyer

"Hope has a good memory, gratitude a bad one." - Baltasar Gracian

"Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory." - John Kenneth Galbraith

"One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory." - Rita Mae Brown

"Fond memory brings the light of other days around me." - Thomas Moore

"The creditor hath a better memory than the debtor." - James Howell

"This is painful and it will be for a long time." - Donald Trump

"Sometimes compromise is painful." - Madeleine M Kunin

"Romantic love is painful." - William

"The more painful it is, tragically, the more you do learn, though, that's the good part." - Sylvia Browne

"All experience is memory, and so everything you write about is from memory-unless you're writing about typing." - Joe Haldeman

"And sometimes we cling because the memory is so painful that we can't stop visiting it and hoping to make it come out differently. The risk of letting go is that we have to confront our own selves and our own possibilities." - Amy Bloom

"Vengeance is having a videotape planted in your soul that cannot be turned off. It plays the painful scene over and over again inside your mind...And each time it plays you feel the clap of pain again...Forgiving turns off the videotape of pained memory Forgiving sets you free." - Lewis B Smedes

"To-day is not yesterday: we ourselves change; how can our Works and Thoughts, if they are always to be the fittest, continue always the same? Change, indeed, is painful; yet ever needful; and if Memory have its force and worth, so also has Hope." - Thomas Carlyle

"I think it's always hard for children to talk about abuse because it is only memory. I didn't carry around a tape recorder ... I didn't chisel anything in stone ... Anybody can look and say, 'Well how do you know for sure?' And that's one of the most painful things about it. You don't." - Anne Heche

"I might refer at once, if necessary, to a hundred well authenticated instances. One of very remarkable character, and of which the circumstances may be fresh in the memory of some of my readers, occurred, not very long ago, in the neighboring city of Baltimore, where it occasioned a painful, intense, and widely extended excitement." - Edgar Allan Poe

"The damage was permanent; there would always be scars. But even the angriest scars faded over time until it was difficult to see them written on the skin at all, and the only thing that remained was the memory of how painful it had been." - Jodi Picoult

"Ireland and its people have much to be proud of. Yet every land and its people have moments of shame. Dealing with the failures of our past, as a country, as a Church, or as an individual is never easy. Our struggle to heal the wounds of decades of violence, injury and painful memory in Northern Ireland are more than ample evidence of this." - Sean Brady

"Nearly every understanding is gained by a painful struggle in which belief and unbelief are dramatically interwoven." - Leopold Infeld

"The violence done us by others is often less painful than that which we do to ourselves." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"Being anxious, or in a painful rush of any kind, kills the possibility of meeting anyone with compassion" - Guy Finley

"Painful things are quickly forgotten." - Janet Morris

"Saving was slow and painful." - William Christopher Handy

"Growth is a painful process." - Wilma Mankiller

"At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction." - Elizabeth Barrett Brownin

"That's painful always to lose." - Rafael Nadal

"I always try to write from memory, and I always try to use memory as an editor. So when I'm thinking of something like a relationship or whatever, then I'm letting my memory tell me what the important things were." - Jeffrey Brown

"There are no stars to-night But those of memory. Yet how much room for memory there is In the loose girdle of soft rain." - Hart Crane

"When you get old, it's hard to tell what's memory and what you've kind of created in your head as memory, you know?" - Bode Miller

"I'd say my best memory was climbing Mt. Fuji, and the worst memory was... trying to fit my feet into the free giveaway slippers at Japanese schools." - Bruce Feiler

"Memory and creativity are essential to education, but if you teach memory incorrectly, it is a total waste of time, and it will inhibit learning." - Tony Buzan

"The biggest thing in today's sorrow is the memory of yesterday's joy." - Khalil Gibran

"You dont have to hold on to the pain, to hold on to the memory." - Janet Jackson

"The memory of my mother will always be a blessing to me." - Thomas A Edison

"Memoir is not an act of history, but an act of memory, which is innately corrupt." - Mary Karr

"What we determine we often break. Purpose is but the slave to memory." - William Shakespeare

"Most men have a good memory for facts connected with their own pursuits." - William James

"If technology is not a metaphor for memory, what is it?" - K.K. Raghava

"One of the best things about aging is being able to watch imagination overtake memory." - Harriet Doerr

"Misfortune comes to people who live only on the memory of their past grandeur." - Louise Colet

"You don't have to hold on to the pain, to hold on to the memory." - Janet Jackson

"Meek Walton's heavenly memory." - William Wordsworth

"Memory diffuses fact." - Diane Sawyer

"A picture is worth a thousand words...and uses up a thousand times the memory." - Stephen Hawking

"By their very nature bureaucracies have no conscience, no memory, and no mind." - Edward T Hall

"Unlike memory, which confirms and reinforces itself, history contributes to the disenchantment of the world." - Tony Judt

"It seems to be a rule of wisdom never to rely on memory alone." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The camera is a mirror with a memory, but it cannot think." - Arnold Newman

"You don't always know the true worth of a women's love until it becomes a memory." - Georgia Cates

"Johnny's earliest memory of the Farm was filled with snow and the sound of sleigh bells." - Louis Bromfield

"Good things have to be engraved on the memory; bad ones stick there of themselves." - Charles Reade

"While Washington hath left His awful memory, A light for after times." - Robert Southey

"Put it out of your mind. In no time, it will be a forgotten memory." - Samuel Goldwyn

"May today be a happy memory, tomorrow a bright new promise. Happy Birthday" - Rob Jackson

"Conscience is less an inner voice than the memory of a mother's glance." - Robert Breault

"My earliest memory was raping the babysitter when I was 5...she was 15." - Eminem

"And if Time is anything akin to God, I suppose that Memory must be the Devil." - Diana Gabaldon

"Rome is everybody's memory ..." - Eleanor Clark

"Hunger steals the memory" - Louise Erdrich

"An autobiography usually reveals nothing bad about its writer except his memory." - Benjamin Franklin

"The memory represents to us not what we choose but what it pleases." - Michel De Montaigne

"The sexual drive is nothing but the motor memory of previously remembered pleasure." - Wilhelm Reich

"Shame has poor memory." - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

"When you lose interest in anything, you also lose the memory for it." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Memory demands an image." - Bertrand Russell

"All memory is fiction." - Kwame Dawes

"Historical and public memory is not merely on the side of domination." - Henry Giroux

"We can make this thing into a Party, instead of a Memory." - Will Rogers

"Love begins at the point when a woman enters her first word into our poetic memory." - Milan Kundera

"Memory is satisfied desire." - Carlos Fuentes

"I had post-traumatic amnesia, five-second memory, it happens as a result of brain injury." - Richard Hammond

"Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind." - Lionel Hampton

"I guess the painkillers wipe out your memory along with your ethics." - Keith Olbermann

"A Church which has lost its memory is in a sad state of senility." - Henry Chadwick

"A nation's life is about as long as its reverential memory." - Whittaker Chambers

"I have a memory like an elephant. In fact, elephants often consult me." - Noel Coward

"Memory narrativises itself." - Aleksandar Hemon

"My earliest memory is aged three, seeing sunlight on water and feeling it was really magical." - Miranda July

"A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen." - Edward De Bono

"Remorse is memory awake." - Emily Dickinson

"The best Qualification of a Prophet is to have a good Memory." - George Savile

"For a long time, I've been interested in cultural memory and historical erasure." - Natasha Trethewey

"I believe the true function of age is memory. I'm recording as fast as I can." - Rita Mae Brown

"I have a visceral response to a memory of working-class life." - Israel Horovitz

"If we say that monsters [people who do terrible evil] are beyond forgiving, we give them a power they should never have...they are given the power to keep their evil alive in the hearts of those who suffered most. We give them power to condemn their victims to live forever with the hurting memory of their painful pasts. We give the monsters the last word." - Lewis B Smedes

"We live in a world made up more of story than stuff. We are creatures of memory more than reminders, of love more than likes. Being attentive to the needs of others might not be the point of life, but it is the work of life. It can be messy, and painful, and almost impossibly difficult. But it is not something we give. It is what we get in exchange for having to die." - Jonathan Safran Foer

"Memory implies that there is some static time and place you can go back to, whereas if you relive it by trying to put yourself back in that context, its more nuanced, less black and white. More traumatic, but also more exciting. When I knew I had to write about things that would be painful, I put off doing it for ages. But then eventually the fear of not doing it becomes greater than the fear of doing it." - Damian Barr

"If most of us remain ignorant of ourselves, it is because self-knowledge is painful and we prefer the pleasures of illusion." - Aldous Huxley

"I worry about another leg down in the economies causing social disruption because deleveragings can be very painful - it depends on how they're managed." - Salvador Dali

"Intellectual beauty is sufficient unto itself, and only for it rather than for the future good of humanity does the scholar condemn himself to arduous and painful labors." - Santiago Ramon y Cajal

"Golf is a diabolical game. It's easy to make fun of something that's so bizarre, so painful, so humiliating... yet so joyous." - Ken Green

"Learning to play golf is like learning to play the violin. It's not only difficult to do, it's very painful to everyone around you." - Hal Linden

"I keep letting you back in. How can I explain myself? As painful as this thing has been, I just can't be with no one else." - Lauryn Hill

"Loneliness is more painful than being hurt" - Eiichiro Oda

"Growth is often a painful process." - Elbert Hubbard

"Living too long exacts a painful price." - Mason Cooley

"Pleasure itself is painful at the bottom." - Michel De Montaigne

" mysteriously painful and elusive..." - William Styron

"That which is painful sharpens one's love." - Andrew Davidson

"It's too bad that stupidity isn't painful." - Anton Szandor LaVey

"Looking back doesn't have to be painful." - Chita Rivera

"Church of painful love - unfulfilled,unrequited & unattained" - Dan Brown

"It's too bad that stupidity is' painful." - Anton Szandor LaVey

"Grace changes us and change is painful"." - Flannery O'Connor

"Alas! how deeply painful is all payment!" - Lord Byron

"Lack of understanding is always painful." - Byron Katie

"But without painful experiences, we dont grow" - Betty Williams

"Surviving is much more painful than death." - Tom Clancy

"Life is painful, suffering is optional." - Sylvia Boorstein

"Life is painful to be meaningful." - Kedar Joshi

"It's a shame stupidity isn't painful." - Anton Szandor LaVey

"The kinds of cases that fall at the end of pregnancy are often the most heartbreaking, painful decisions for families to make." - Hillary Clinton

"When it's personal and painful, humble yourself." - James MacDonald

"Collaboration is no longer painful - or precious." - Vince Clarke

"It's painful to consider anything but writing." - Emma Donoghue



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