Connexions Quotations

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Memory Quotes

Before this generation goes on to its ancestors, we should, we must, do our level best to pass on our lessons, so that they live in our people’s minds and lives.
- Mumia Abu-Jamal

A human’s best chance for something approximating life everlasting lies in the memory of others.
- William Least Heat-Moon

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
- Martin Luther King Jr.

The long memory is the most radical idea in America. That long memory has been taken away from us. You haven’t gotten it in your schools. You’re not getting it on your television. You’re being leapfrogged from one crisis to the next. Mass media contributed to that by taking the great movements that we’ve been through and trivializing important events. No, our people’s history is like one long river. It flows down from way over there. And everything that those people did and everything they lived flows down to me, and I can reach down and take out what I need, if I have the courage to go out and ask questions.
- Utah Phillips

Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.
- Rosa Parks

Memory is the mother of all wisdom.
- Aeschylus

The memory of the vanquished is dangerous for the conquerors.
- Pia Barros

[M]emory, that force which our humanity, our humanness, our civilization, our lives and lives, proceed. We can survive without morality or arithmetic or logic, but without memory, we haven’t a chance. We are who we are and where we are in no insignificant measure because of immaterial memories.
- William Least Heat-Moon (William Lewis Trogdon)

The struggle of humanity against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.”
- Milan Kundera

We are living in the United States of Alzheimer’s. A whole country has lost its memory.
- Studs Terkel

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To learn more about Memory, explore the Connexions Subject Index Memory page and the Collective Memory page.