Memory

284 – “When you lose someone you try to remember the last time you saw them.And most of the time it’s a blurry memory, because at that time you had no idea it would be the last.”

–anonymous
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“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

anonymous

[Often misattributed to Marcus Aurelius, see source note for more information]
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“Sans doute, c’est par l’amour que l’éternité peut être comprise; il confond toutes les notions du temps; il efface les idées de commencement et de fin; on croit avoir toujours aimé l’objet qu’on aime; tant il est difficile de concevoir qu’on ait pu vivre sans lui!”

“Love is the emblem of eternity; it confounds all notion of time; effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end: we fancy that we have always possessed what we love, so difficult is it to imagine how we could have lived without it” – Translated by Isabel Hill

Germaine de Staël
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“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.”

– Carl Sagan [See source note for a link to the source]

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