110 Memories Quotes To Ponder, Reflect And Inspire

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

Here are 110 of the best memories quotes I could find. Hope you’ll ponder deeply about them and find inspiration. You’ll discover quotes by Bruce Lee, Nietzsche, Dalai Lama, and more. Enjoy!

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Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things. Cicero

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Accept your past without regrets, and face your future without fears. Paulo Coelho

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Memories are like salt: the right amount brings out the flavor in food, too much ruins it. Paulo Coelho

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Fools try to forget. The wise love. Maxime Lagacé

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A memory without the emotional charge is called wisdom. Joe Dispenza


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Visit your soul, not your past. Paulo Coelho

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Make peace with your past so it won’t destroy your present. Paulo Coelho

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We do not remember days, we remember moments. Cesare Pavese

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Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart. Haruki Murakami

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That’s what the world is, after all: an endless battle of contrasting memories. Haruki Murakami


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Our reality is an infinite battle between what happened and what we want to remember. Haruki Murakami

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There is no way I can just erase those memories. That would be the same as erasing my own self. Haruki Murakami

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The Past is frozen and no longer flows, and the Present is all lit up with eternal rays. C.S. Lewis

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Memory is fiction. Kamal Ravikant

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We didn’t realise we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun. Winnie the Pooh


The Best Memories Quotes

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memories quote past nice place visit not right stay paulo coelho wisdom couple

The past is a nice place to visit, but not the right place to stay. Paulo Coelho

Past and future are in the mind only – I am now. Nisargadatta Maharaj

You can predict a lot about a society by seeing their obsession on nostalgia in comparison to their curiosity for future. Kunal Shah

Memory and identity are burdens from the past preventing us from living freely in the present. Naval Ravikant

All that is left will be memories, and eventually they, too, will vanish like dust. Haruki Murakami

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The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared. Lois Lowry

Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it. Michel de Montaigne

I’ve learned that good-byes will always hurt, pictures will never replace having been there, and words can never substitute action. Paulo Coelho

The past does not have to be your prison. You have a voice in your destiny. You have a say in your life. You have a choice in the path you take. Max Lucado

Memory is never a precise duplicate of the original… it is a continuing act of creation. Rosalind Cartwright

The biggest lie of human memory is that it feels true. Jonah Lehrer


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A mind is not alive when it is burdened with centuries of memory. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Memory can never produce everlasting joy. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Memories and thoughts age, just as people do. But certain thoughts can never age, and certain memories can never fade. Haruki Murakami

Memories are not fixed or frozen but are transformed, disassembled, reassembled, and recategorized with every act of recollection. Oliver Sacks

I use memories but do not allow memories to use me. Shiva Sutras

People who know nothing about nature are, of course, neurotic, for they are not adapted to reality. Carl Jung (Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Amazon book)

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We realize the gift once it’s over. Maxime Lagacé

Past is a fiction. You can’t go back. All that remains is a hazy interpretation of a hazy memory. Naval Ravikant

What we remember is probably fiction anyway. Beryl Bainbridge

Smart people don’t spend their time rehearsing bad memories. @orangebook_

The past is always tense, the future perfect. Zadie Smith

The past beats inside me like a second heart. John Banville

Part 2. Memories Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Memories Quotes

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memories quote past never dead its not even william faulkner wisdom people beach

You are not your mind. Eckhart Tolle

The past is never dead. It’s not even past. William Faulkner

One must have a good memory to be able to keep the promises one makes. Friedrich Nietzsche

Blessed are the forgetful; for they get over their stupidities, too. Friedrich Nietzsche

When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago. Friedrich Nietzsche

My yesterdays walk with me. They keep step, they are gray faces that peer over my shoulder. William Golding

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Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. Søren Kierkegaard

What’s past is past, nothing can change that. But the future can be different if we choose to make it so. We have to cultivate a vision of a happier, more peaceful future and make the effort now to bring it about. This is no time for complacency, hope lies in the action we take. 14th Dalai Lama

Recognizing the value of an alert memory, I will encourage mine to become alert by taking care to impress it clearly with all thoughts I wish to recall, and by associating those thoughts with related subjects which I may call to mind frequently. Bruce Lee

To want to forget something is to think of it. French proverb

I don’t think nostalgia has to be negative. Van Morrison

Music, at its essence, is what gives us memories. And the longer a song has existed in our lives, the more memories we have of it. Stevie Wonder

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present. Alice Morse Earle

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin. Mother Theresa

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Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them. Bob Dylan

Memory is an autumn leaf that murmurs a while in the wind and then is heard no more. Kahlil Gibran

Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were. Marcel Proust

How quickly things disappear: in the universe the bodies themselves, but in time the memory of them. Marcus Aurelius

Time’s the thief of memory. Stephen King

Without memory, there is no healing. Without forgiveness, there is no future. Desmond Tutu

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

Inspirational Memories Quotes

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memories quote collect moments not things paulo coelho wisdom

Collect moments. Not things. Paulo Coelho

Memories are the key not to the past, but to the future. Corrie ten Boom

Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it. L.M. Montgomery

We, as human beings, are landed with memory systems that have fallibilities, frailties, and imperfections — but also great flexibility and creativity. Oliver Sacks

Things pass, and the best we can do is to let them go away. That is why it is so important to destroy souvenirs, move, give lots of things away, donate the books you have at home. Getting rid of certain memories means making some room for other memories to take their place. Paulo Coelho

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Never let your memories be greater than your dreams. Douglas Ivester

I find out more and more every day how important it is for people to share their memories. Fred Rogers

We cannot change the past, but we can reshape the future. Young people have the opportunity to create a happier, better future. 14th Dalai Lama

If bad memories are keeping you from being happy, try crowding out the destructive memories with new and interesting thoughts. Stay busy, in mind and body, and time is on your side. Scott Adams

Most of our childhood is stored not in photos, but in certain biscuits, lights of day, smells, textures of carpet. Alain de Botton

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The greatest legacy we can leave our children is happy memories. Og Mandino

Our memories are not in our things. Our memories are in us. Joshua Fields Millburn

Our bad memories and our bad experiences are what make us who we are and what make us grow and allow us to learn, if we choose to see the lessons in those experiences. Elijah Wood

There comes a time in your life when you have to choose to turn the page, write another book or simply close it. Shannon L. Alder

A good life is a collection of happy memories. Denis Waitley

Even though our lives wander, our memories remain in one place. Marcel Proust

I am hopelessly in love with a memory. An echo from another time, another place. Michel Foucault


Profound Quotes About Memories

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Memories, you see, hurt. The good ones most of all. Harlan Coben

Sharing tales of those we’ve lost is how we keep from really losing them. Mitch Albom

Memories always win, and with them comes a demon that is even more terrifying than melancholy: remorse. Paulo Coelho (The Spy, Amazon book)

Writers, like elephants, have long, vicious memories. There are things I wish I could forget. William S. Burroughs

All memories are trivia. Kathy Acker

If your mind carries a heavy burden of past, you will experience more of the same. The past perpetuates itself through lack of presence. Eckhart Tolle

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Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on. Eckhart Tolle

We’re not friends. We’re strangers with memories. Unknown

Memories are bullets. Some whiz by and only spook you. Others tear you open and leave you in pieces. Richard Kadrey

The saddest part of life is when the person who gave you the best memories becomes the memory. Unknown

Your memory is a monster; it summons with will of its own. You think you have a memory, but it has you. John Irving

Getting caught up in memories of the past or worrying about the future is a form of self-imposed suffering. Ram Dass

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No matter how much suffering you went through, you never wanted to let go of those memories. Haruki Murakami

Allowing the new to happen means putting aside your memory so the past does not interfere. Osho

People leave. Memories stay. Unknown

It is important to recognize that the memories and past events which make up a man’s historical identity are no more than a selection. Alan Watts

The purpose of memory is to extract out, from the past, lessons to structure the future. That’s the purpose of personal memory. Jordan B. Peterson

You stop revisiting memories when you outgrow the people you made them with. Nikki Rowe

You cannot erase memories or change the past, but you can stop old behavioral patterns, decrease the intensity of blind reactions, build self-awareness, learn to embrace change, accept all emotions that come up and strengthen good habits. Healing is intentional action plus time. Yung Pueblo

People’s memories are maybe the fuel they burn to stay alive. Haruki Murakami (After Dark, Amazon book)

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

Related: What Is Memory? (verywellmind.com)

Wise Memories Sayings

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memories quote changing your interpretation past often good naval ravikant wisdom nature

Changing your interpretation of your past is often just as good as changing your past. Naval Ravikant

Ruminating on the past is largely a waste of time. It’s illusory. Naval Ravikant

Humans tell themselves three grand lies: memories, thoughts and expectations. Memories are a distortion of the past. Thoughts are a distortion of the present. Expectations are a distortion of the future. Thibaut

We spend more time anticipating or remembering moments than actually experiencing them. Our brains are mostly anticipation and memory replay machines. Lex Fridman (Source)

Your moods, feelings, thoughts, projections and memories are just like clouds passing. Mooji

Emotions and thoughts can certainly arise while we are in a state of Presence. The key is to hold the space for them without getting lost in the mind stream. Eckhart Tolle

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Remembering is easy. It’s forgetting that’s hard. Brodi Ashton

Words are tears that have been written down. Tears are words that need to be shed. Without them, joy loses all its brilliance and sadness has no end. Paulo Coelho

You can analyse the past, but you need to design the future. That is the difference between suffering the future and enjoying it. Edward De Bono

Nostalgia is your brain’s way of photoshopping the blemishes of your past. Steve Maraboli

Our unconscious mind, like our body, is a storehouse of relics and memories of the past. Carl Jung

The power of memories and expectations is such that for most human beings the past and future are not as real, but more real than the present. Alan Watts

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Bad memories become good when you stop fighting them. Maxime Lagacé

Imagining something is better than remembering something. John Irving

Like words, memories never really succeed in “catching” reality. Alan Watts (The Wisdom of Insecurity, Amazon book)

The ones stuck in their heads are the ones repeating history. @trey_wing6

Memory has a place at a certain level. In everyday life we could not function without it. In its own field it must be efficient but there is a state of mind where it has very little place. A mind which is not crippled by memory has real freedom. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Fear is the memory of pain. Addiction is the memory of pleasure. Freedom is beyond both. Deepak Chopra


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Memory is the seamstress, and a capricious one at that. Memory runs her needle in and out, up and down, hither and thither. We know not what comes next, or what follows after. Thus, the most ordinary movement in the world, such as sitting down at a table and pulling the inkstand towards one, may agitate a thousand odd, disconnected fragments, now bright, now dim, hanging and bobbing and dipping and flaunting, like the underlinen of a family of fourteen on a line in a gale of wind. Virginia Woolf

It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn’t matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over. Paulo Coelho

Key Takeaways

  • Memories are treasures. Make sure you cherish the good ones.
  • For the memories you can’t change, you must accept.
  • It’s useless to have regrets. Remember: we all make mistakes. You did your best with what you had.
  • You have been hurt? Forgive, then move on.
  • Want inner peace? Stop living in the past. Detach yourself from the known. Live now!

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, bananas, SEO, human potential, and education.

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October 4, 2022

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