Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Quotes: Memories (2)

Memories 346 Marianne’s regrets: "Whenever I looked towards the past, I saw some duty neglected or some failing indulged; everybody seemed injured by me…an heart hardened against their merits, and a temper irritated by their very attention." Jane Austen. Ubiquitous negative memories.

Memories 376 "The terrors that he had lived through seemed to choke him as he remembered the awful scenes." Rölvaag, Giants in the Earth. Negative memories.

Memories 300 "…there was the sound of a piano lesson just like the one that Fernanda heard during the siestas of her adolescence." Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude. Pleasant memories.

Memory 47 "We look back on our life as a thing of broken pieces, because our mistakes and failures are always the first to strike us, and outweigh in our imagination what we have accomplished and attained." Goethe. Early 19th century. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms. The reality of memories.

Memory 432 "…memory as the flagellant." Mailer, The Naked and the Dead. Negative memories.

Memory techniques 61 "Following recommendations made by Cicero to improve the rhetorician’s ability to recall, he [St. Thomas Aquinas] elaborated a series of memory rules for readers: placing the things one wished to remember in a certain order, developing an 'affection' for them, transforming them into 'unusual similitudes' that would render them easy to visualize, repeating them frequently. Manguel, A History of Reading. The idea of memory techniques goes way back in history.

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