Category Archives: FORGETTERY

“We know we cannot live in the past but the past lives in us. ” CHARLES PERKINS

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Children and’ fools have merry lives. For, out of ignorance, or forgetfulness and inadvertency, they are not concerned either for what is past, or for what is to come. Neither the remembrance of the one, nor fear of the other, troubles them, but only the sense of present pain. Nothing sticks upon them : they lay nothing to heart.

If you want to be the best, learn from the best.

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 Sara Bruxner

the (for) getting

leapt onto google for a definition of wisdom

to nail this fortnight’s theme

devoted hours of my finite life watching Gandhi for understanding

read his quotes which chilled

like the coffee beside me with

it’s uninspiring liquid beneath and scum on top


gave goethe, marley, elvis and theresa all a turn

nothing stuck


sitting in the sun watching it tease the abandoned pool

or listening to the garden hum on this glinting winter’s day

would’ve been wiser


i could’ve read again my daughter’s last note

or watch the sky and remember

the stars are only brave at night


then a friend said as we sat around the fire

that we are insignificant small egotistical and problematic

nothing in this elusive vast universe




and that’s the wisest thing I can know

Life is but a memory Happened long ago. Theatre full of sadness For a long forgotten show.”

― Nick Drake

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”We need a type of theatre which not only releases the feelings, insights and impulses possible within the particular historical field of human relations in which the action takes place, but employs and encourages those thoughts and feelings which help transform the field itself.”

Bertolt Brecht

Forgetting isn’t enough. You can paddle away from the memories and think they are gone. But they will keep floating back, again and again and agian. They circle you, like sharks. Until, unless, something, someone? Can do more than just cover the wound. ”

― Sara Zarr, Story of a Girl

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“Just for the sake of amusement, ask each passenger to tell you his story, and if you find a single one who hasn’t often cursed his life, who hasn’t told himself he’s the most miserable man in the world, you can throw me overboard head first.”

― Voltaire, Candide

Women and elephants never forget.”

― Dorothy Parker

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“An elephant looks large, and it is large, but you have no real idea of how large until you are on its back ten feet above ground and can feel the power of it moving beneath you.”

Wayne Hepburn, webmaster,

He was conscious of a thousand odours floating in the air, each one connected with a thousand thoughts, and hopes, and joys, and cares, long, long, forgotten.

― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol


“Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart… filled it, too, with a melody that would last forever. Even though you grew up and found you could never quite bring back the magic feeling of this night, the melody would stay in your heart always – a song for all the years.”

― Bess Streeter Aldrich, Song of Years

The path to paradise begins in hell. ― Dante Alighieri


“Forgiving is not forgetting; its actually remembering–remembering and not using your right to hit back. Its a second chance for a new beginning. And the remembering part is particularly important. Especially if you don’t want to repeat what happened.”

― Desmond Tutu

Paradise unearned is but a land of shadows!

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“Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the same horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time. That is the life of men. Now, women forget all those things they don’t want to remember, and remember everything they don’t want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly.”

Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

“I think the discomfort that some people feel in going to the monkey cages at the zoo is a warning sign.”

Carl Sagan, The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God


“We seem to live in a world where forgetting and oblivion are an industry in themselves and very, very few people are remotely interested or aware of their own recent history, much less their neighbours’. I tend to think we are what we remember, what we know. The less we remember, the less we know about ourselves, the less we are.

(Interview with Three Monkeys Online, October 2008)”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón