Leonardo da Vinci on Study

Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.

~ Leonardo da Vinci

Cicero on Memory

“We forget our pleasures and remember our sufferings.”

~ Cicero

Penelope Lively on Memory

“I have learned to be suspicious of memory–my own, anyone’s–but to accord it considerable respect. Whether accurate or not, it can subvert a life.”

~ Penelope LivelyAmmonites and Leaping Fish: A Life in Time

Charlie Munger on Mistakes and Memory

Forgetting your mistakes is a terrible error if you’re trying to improve your cognition. Reality doesn’t remind you. Why not celebrate stupidities in both categories?

~ Charlie Munger

Cormac McCarthy on Memory

“You forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to forget.”

~ Cormac McCarthy / The Road