Quotes From the Common Bowl

Word Roots: 
Memory derives from the Latin word memor (mindful, remembering), from Proto-Indo-European smer- (to remember). It was used in Latin as memoria, which later became memorie in Old French. By Middle English it was being used as memory.
What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined – to strengthen each other – to be at one with each other in silent unspeakable memories. ~George Eliot
The exercise of our memory does not bring us closer to the past but draws us farther away. ~Sally Mann
Memory is never a precise duplicate of the original… it is a continuing act of creation. ~Rosalind Cartwright
There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory. ~Josh Billings
The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant. ~Salvador Dali
You will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly – that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp. ~Anne Lamott
Memory sews together events that hadn’t previously met. ~Etel Adnan
Life is not what one lived, but what one remembers and how one remembers it in order to recount it. ~Gabriel García Márquez
To acknowledge our ancestors means we are aware that we did not make ourselves. ~Alice Walker
To live in hearts we leave behind, is not to die. ~Thomas Campbell
Gratitude is the memory of the heart. ~French proverb
(Curated and adapted for KUF from the 2018 Soul Matters materials for the theme ‘MEMORY’ by Rev. Beckett Coppola.)