My memory is not what it used to be, so I stored all quotes and proverbs about memory in a memory chip.

There is also a Dutch language list of proverbs on memory.

RAM – Photo by EricRobson214

A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.

A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.


At my age "Getting lucky" means walking into a room and remembering what I actually came in there for.


Butterflies forget that they were once caterpillars.


Depend upon it there comes a time when for every addition in knowledge you forget something that you knew before.

Sherlock Holmes
A Study in Scarlet
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

He did not remember things very well, unless he put them down on his Engagement Tablet: like this: Gandalf Tea Wednesday.

The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again
J. R. R. Tolkien

I am having an out-of-memory experience.


I can't forget, but I don't remember what.

Leonard Cohen
Song: I can't forget

I didn’t lose my memory. I forgot it.


Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.

Benjamin Disraeli

Many people take training to improve their memory. Wouldn't we be better off with training that helps us to forget?


Memory is the treasure of the mind.

My memory is not what it used to be. But I forgot what it used to be.


My memory is so bad: I never have to pretend that I forgot something.


Nothing improves the memory more than trying to forget.

Unknown source

Of what significance are the things you can forget.

Henry David Thoreau

People with good memories seldom remember anything worth remembering.

Unknown source

Soon learnt, soon forgotten.

Things that are easy to learn can be easy to forget as well.

Take only memories, leave only footprints.

Chief Seattle

The axe forgets what the tree remembers.

The biggest lie I tell myself is … "I don't need to write that down, I'll remember it."


The key to happiness is good health and a bad memory

Ingrid Bergman

The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naïve forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.

Thomas Szasz

There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory.

Josh Billings

Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.

Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen

When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not.

Mark Twain