30 Memory Quotes That’ll Make You Look Back and Smile

We’re fortunate enough to experience wonderful moments and make them a part of us in our memory. Even during the darkest of times, we can count on our memories to cheer us up. Having good things to look back to remind us that there were such days when we were truly happy. And even if we aren’t right now, we will be again.

That’s why to have our happiest memories at our disposal is one of life’s greatest blessings. The first time you see your favorite band in concert, the surprise birthday party your friends planned for you, the day you married the love of your life – they’re all unforgettable. They may be in the past now but it doesn’t make them any less precious.

Here are 30 memory quotes that will make you indulge in reminiscence.

Famous Memory Quotes

Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.

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

One lives in the hope of becoming a memory. – Antonio Porchia

memory lives quotes

Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future. – Lewis B. Smedes

Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real. – Cormac McCarthy

memory scars quotes

Memories are contrary things; if you quit chasing them and turn your back, they often return on their own. – Stephen King

But who can remember pain, once it’s over? All that remains of it is a shadow, not in the mind even, in the flesh. Pain marks you, but too deep to see. Out of sight, out of mind. – Margaret Atwood

You never realize what a good memory you have until you try to forget something. – Franklin P. Jones

memory realize quotes

Memory in youth is active and easily impressible; in old age it is comparatively callous to new impressions, but still retains vividly those of earlier years. – Charlotte Bronte

People have an annoying habit of remembering things they shouldn’t. – Christopher Paolini

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

memory heart quotes

What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce. – Karl Lagerfeld

Many think of memory as rote learning, a linear stuffing of the brain with facts, where understanding is irrelevant. When you teach it properly, with imagination and association, understanding becomes a part of it. – Tony Buzan

Memory has always fascinated me. Think of it. You can recall at will your first day in high school, your first date, your first love. – Eric Kandel

memory date quotes

I was asked to memorize what I did not understand; and, my memory being so good, it refused to be insulted in that manner. – Aleister Crowley

Memory… is the diary that we all carry about with us. – Oscar Wilde

Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading. – Kazuo Ishiguro

memory fade quotes

Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going. – Tennessee Williams

A good memory is one trained to forget the trivial. – Clifton Fadiman

We are all the pieces of what we remember. We hold in ourselves the hopes and fears of those who love us. As long as there is love and memory, there is no true loss. – Cassandra Clare

memory remember quotes

If we lose our memory, we lose ourselves. Forgetting is one of the symptoms of death. Without memory we cease to be human beings. – Ivan Klima

The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time. – Friedrich Nietzsche

I think it is all a matter of love; the more you love a memory the stronger and stranger it becomes. – Vladimir Nabokov

memory love quotes

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Memory always obeys the commands of the heart. – Antoine Rivarol

I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only about the past. – Virginia Woolf

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

memory happiness quotes

Memory is very important, the memory of each photo taken, flowing at the same speed as the event. During the work, you have to be sure that you haven’t left any holes, that you’ve captured everything because afterward it will be too late. – Henri Cartier-Bresson

We do not remember days; we remember moments. – Cesare Pavese

memory moments quotes

If anyone faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. There seems something more speaking incomprehensible in the powers, the failures, the inequalities of memory, than in any other of our intelligence. The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient; at others, so bewildered and so weak; and at others again, so tyrannic, so beyond control! We are, to be sure, a miracle every way; but our powers of recollecting and of forgetting do seem peculiar past finding out. – Jane Austen

Our memory is a more perfect world than the universe: it gives back life to those who no longer exist. – Guy de Maupassant

Share these 30 memory quotes with your loved ones to remember the good times shared.