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Definition of Memory


  1. The faculty of the mind by which it retains the knowledge of previous thoughts, impressions, or events.
  2. The reach and positiveness with which a person can remember; the strength and trustworthiness of one's power to reach and represent or to recall the past; as, his memory was never wrong.
  3. The actual and distinct retention and recognition of past ideas in the mind; remembrance; as, in memory of youth; memories of foreign lands.
  4. The time within which past events can be or are remembered; as, within the memory of man.
  5. Something, or an aggregate of things, remembered; hence, character, conduct, etc., as preserved in remembrance, history, or tradition; posthumous fame; as, the war became only a memory.
  6. A memorial.

Memory Quotations

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
Abraham Lincoln

The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living. - Marcus Tullius Cicero
The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.
Lewis B. Smedes

Who knows what true loneliness is - not the conventional word but the naked terror? To the lonely themselves it wears a mask. The most miserable outcast hugs some memory or some illusion.
Joseph Conrad

Never make your home in a place. Make a home for yourself inside your own head. You'll find what you need to furnish it - memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things. That way it will go with you wherever you journey.
Tad Williams
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Memory Translations

memory in Afrikaans is herinnering
memory in Danish is erindring, hukommelse
memory in Dutch is geheugen, heugenis, herinnering
memory in Italian is ricordo, ricordo, deposito
memory in Latin is recordatio, memoria, animus
memory in Spanish is recordacion, memoria
memory in Swedish is minne
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