Great Minds On Memory


I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.


Of two men with the same outward experiences and the same amount of mere naïve tenacity, the one who THINKS over his experiences most, and weaves them into systematic relations with each other, will be the one with the best memory.
William James


When I was young, I could remember anything..…whether it happened or not.
Mark Twain


A wise man deliberately forgets many things.
Mahatma Gandhi


Son, always tell the truth. Then, you’ll never have to remember what you said the last time.
Sam Rayburn


The advantage of a bad memory is one can enjoy several times the same good things as if it were the first time.


Happiness is good health and a poor memory.
Ingrid Bergman


A diplomat is a man who remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.
Robert Frost


The palest ink is better than the best memory.
Chinese Proverb


A retentive memory is a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness.
Elbert Hubbard


The true art of memory is the art of attention.
Samuel Johnson


When you were young and in love, you remembered every little detail, months later, without any effort at all. When you listen to a politician speak, you forget every little detail, minutes later, without any effort at all. That’s memory.
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