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Inspirational and Insightful Quotations #80 - Memories (Memory)

Updated on September 18, 2015

Quotations on Memories (Memory)

Memory is the fireside of the heart.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Feb. 20, 1932.

Memory is the paymaster for good deeds.

---Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Oct. 10, 1929.

A man should so live his young days that when he becomes old, memories of his younger days will make him happy.

---Carl J.G. Brown, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Feb. 28, 1922.

Reflection is a key that unlocks the treasures of the memory.

---Elijah Powell Brown, The Globe-Republican, Dodge City, Kan., May 20, 1897.

Reap all the roses you can on the life‑journey, and press 'em in the bright book of Remembrance.

‑‑‑Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 28, 1906.

Memory is a temple in which we can enshrine our high virtues.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., July 10, 1930.

The deeds of each day are hanging the pictures on the walls of memory, the room where the soul must live.

‑‑‑Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., Jan. 12, 1908.

Every time you crowd into the memory what you do not expect it to retain, you weaken its powers, and you lose your authority to command its services.

---Orison Swett Marden, Success Magazine, New York, N.Y., July 1906.

A milestone along life's way calls us to meditate alone with the magic mirror of memory, wherein we not only see the lights and shadows of the past, but the possible brightness of the future as well. At such moments we become aware of what time is doing to us and what we are doing with time.

---Henrietta Heron, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, Dec. 9, 1939.

Memory is a great gift of God. Apart from it, our minds would immediately be a blank, the moment the thing had happened. By means of memory we are able to some extent relive the past, profit from its mistakes and successes and also rededicate ourselves with ever greater zeal to these things in the future.

---Marinus Arnoys, Sioux Center News, Sioux Center, Iowa, May 25, 1944.

Life is made up of joy and sorrow, like the clouds with the sun shining through and of toils and responsibilities and hopes like the morning, and memories glorifying all like the rays of the sunset.

---N. McGee Waters, Gazette and Bulletin, Williamsport, Pa., Feb. 27, 1929.

The gift of memory is one of the richest of all our life’s endowments. Without it there would be no progress. It is a vast riches of stored resources from which we can draw from and add unto at will. It is the basis not only for the sweet grace of gratitude; but it is the best ally of all the purest and noblest powers of the heart and mind and soul.

—John Edward Carver, Ogden Morning Examiner, Ogden, Utah, May 23, 1911.

A bad memory is not one that forgets, but one that remembers the wrong things.

—Wesley S. Izzard, Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo, Texas, Aug. 1, 1958.

There’s a motto that has a good deal of sense: “The past is history; to the future we look.” The past should be history, and it should carry over into the present and into the possibilities of the future only those things which have been constructive. All the errors and weaknesses should be pushed from our minds. Only as they have shown us our potential strength. Through the way in which we conquered them, have they value for us now. So many of us carry shadows across the light of today, shadows cast by the memories of unworthy things, of sad things or painful things. Get out from under your shadow. There are people stumbling along under the crosses of remembered things, feeling sure that the timber of their particular crosses is that of railroad ties, heaven beyond their power to bear; until some stranger come along and lifts the cross into place before his eyes, and he finds it is only made of toothpicks.

---Betsy Root, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., July 16, 1937.

Memory is a great possession. A wonderful storehouse of memories is wealth in our savings bank. We can draw on it when it is necessary, but the very fact of it gives us confidence in our future. And then there is our checking account. Here are our resolutions, our plans, and purposes, our initiative, our courage, our hopes. Each of us is blessed with what it takes to make a person. We use all that we have learned, all that we hope for, all our ambitions to "work out our own salvation."

-‑‑Floyd Poe, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Dec. 31, 1954.

A good memory is a valuable possession. It is a happy fortune also to possess a good “forgettery.” Life brings many small annoyances, that if kept in mind all the time, makes one unhappy. They wear on nerve and disposition. Forget them. Has someone made a thoughtless remark to you that sounds unkind? Forget it. Do you feel neglected or think your friends indifferent? Forget the incidents that suggest such possibility. You will generally find that your own imagination is responsible for your feeling. Forget it even if it comes from a real cause. You do not want your own mistakes and shortcomings remembered against you; forget the little disagreeable traits in others, and think only of the good, and you will be the happier for it. If you have done a kindness to anyone, forget it. Let gratitude and appreciation, if they come, prove a pleasant surprise, and if you never hear from the kindness, you will not be grieved by lack of gratitude. Kindnesses should not be shown in hope of a reward in any form. When a return is expected, your act ceases to be pure kindness. Keep your memory full of all the good that you find in the world and cultivate a good forgetter—for all the troublesome things that can be forgotten.

---Lucius W. Nieman, Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee, Wis., Feb. 18, 1913.

A thoughtful writer says a foggy memory that closes in behind us and shuts out our experience is about the worst thing that can happen to us. Memory for most of us is not more than 10 percent efficient. Memory is not merely a gift. It can be trained. It can be improved, made workable, perfected. The way to train a memory is to use it, depend on it, believe in it. Don’t be afraid of your memory. Don’t be saying, “I can’t remember like I used to. I’m no good remembering things.” That’s to put yourself in a weak, dangerous, futile frame of mind. Believe in your memory, use it, depend on it. Make it serve you.

---Grove H. Patterson, Painesville Telegraph, Painesville, Ohio, Sept. 10, 1929.

A peculiarity of memory is the stronger recollection of an injury than a favor; for instance, take a person of the most treacherous memory and apply a little cayenne pepper to his eyes, and he will remember that as long as he lives.

It is an old saying that "we can forgive but we cannot forget?" Can you forget an injury? No, you will always remember it. But on the other hand, suppose that a friend should come in the hour of your distress to relieve you from pain and suffering, or furnish you food when you have none, and administer to your wants in everything calculated to make you happy and comfortable in body and mind, you will forget those kind acts many times quicker than the act of throwing a little cayenne pepper in your eyes.

Think of that and ask yourselves the cause; the reason as to why it is that you can remember an injury better than a kindness; why you can retain hatred longer than love. Is it through your fallen nature? Is it because you were begotten and born in sin? Or is it not rather because the power of the tempter has control over you, and because the world is full of evil principles and you have adhered to them? Yes, this is the cause, and you must acknowledge it. The whole world is contaminated with a spirit to remember evil and forget the good.

As soon as you are overcome by the spirit of the world you forget every good deed and kindness that has been extended to you, and you only remember the transpiring and infliction of what you deemed to be evil. You imagine a thousand things to be evil that would have resulted in good, had you done right. Can you believe that?

One may here inquire, "Can I strengthen memory and bring it into lively exercise?" Yes, by applying your mind to the point you wish to improve upon, and you can learn and remember righteous deeds, if you are full of integrity.

---Brigham Young, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, July 16, 1856.


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