What to Remember
Remember when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more, day by day,
You tell me of our future that you planned:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve;
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.
- Christina G. Rossetti
What to Remember
Remember the value of time.
Remember the success of perseverance.
Remember the pleasure of working.
Remember the dignity of simplicity.
Remember the worth of character.
Remember the power of kindness.
Remember the influence of example.
Remember the obligation of duty.
Remember the wisdom of economy.
Remember the virtue of patience.
Remember the improvement of talent.
Remember the joy of originating.
- Bulletin ©
What to Forget
Forget the slander you have heard,
Forget the hasty, unkind word;
Forget the quarrel and the cause,
Forget the whole affair, because,
Forgetting is the only way.
Forget the storm of yesterday.
Forget the chap whose sour face
Forgets to smile in any place.
Forget that you're not a millionaire,
Forget the gray streaks in your hair.
Forget the coffee when it's cold.
Forget to kick, forget to scold,
Forget the plumber's awful charge,
Forget the doctor's bill is large;
Forget the repair man and his ways,
Forget the winter's blustery days.
- Leaves of Gold
What to Forget
If you would increase your happiness and prolong your life, forget your neighbor's faults. Forget all the slander you have ever heard. Forget the temptations. Forget the fault finding, and give a little thought to the cause which provoked it. Forget the peculiarities of your friends, and only remember the good points which make you fond of them. Forget all personal quarrels or histories you may have heard by accident, and which, if repeated, would seem a thousand times worse than they are. Blot out as far as possible all the disagreeables of life; they will come, but will only grow larger when you remember them, and the constant thought of the acts of meanness, or, worse still, malice, will only tend to make you more familiar with them. Obliterate everything disagreeable from yesterday, start out with a clean sheet today, and write upon it for sweet memory's sake only those things which are lovely and lovable.
- Clermont Herald
It is better to forget the things that hurt us,
And to live each day and take whatever comes,
With the hope that by tomorrow
There will come a balm for sorrow
And help to master life’s important sums!
There’s a strength comes to us every time we suffer,
And our will grows stronger every time we fight,
Let us then be doubly grateful
For the things that disappoint us;
For they only come to lead us to the light!
- Helen Mocksett Stork
A retentive memory may be a good thing,
but the ability to forget is
the true token of greatness.
- Elbert Hubbard
If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good.
- Thomas J. Watson, Jr
We talk about God’s remembering us, as if it were a special effort. But if we could only know how truly we belong to God, it would be different. God’s remembrance of us is the natural claiming of our life by Him as true part of His own.
- Phillips Brooks
The object of preaching is, constantly to remind mankind of what mankind are constantly forgetting; not to supply the defects of human intelligence, but to fortify the feebleness of human resolutions; to recall mankind from the by-paths where they turn, into that broad path of salvation which all know, but few tread.
- Sydney Smith
The memories of my family outings are still a source of strength to me. I remember we'd all pile into the car - I forget what kind it was - and drive and drive. I'm not sure where we'd go, but I think there were some trees there. The smell of something was strong in the air as we played whatever sport we played. I remember a bigger, older guy we called "Dad." We'd eat some stuff, or not, and then I think we went home. I guess some things never leave you.
- Jack Handy
No man can be without his god. If he have not the true God to bless and sustain him, he will have some false god to delude and to betray him. The Psalmist knew this, and there fore he joined so closely forgetting the name of our God and holding up our hands to some strange god. For every man something in which he hopes, on which he leans, to which he retreats and retires, with which he fills up his thoughts in empty spaces of time; when he is alone, when he lies sleepless on his bed, when he is not pressed with other thoughts; to which he betakes himself in sorrow or trouble, as that from which he shall draw comfort and strength- his fortress, his citadel, his defense; and has not this good right to be call his god? Man was made to lean on the Creator; but if not on Him, then he leans on the creature in one shape of another. The ivy cannot grow alone; it must twine round some support or other; if not the goodly oak, then the ragged thorn; round and dead stick whatever, rather than have no stay nor support at all. It is even so with the heart and affections of man; if they do not twine around God, they must twine around some meaner thing.
- Trench ©
Often a retrospect
delights the mind.
My mind lets go a thousand things,
Like dates of wars and deaths of kings,
And yet recalls the very hour-
'Twas noon by yonder village tower,
And on the last blue noon in May-
The wind came briskly up this way,
Crisping the brook beside the road;
Then, pausing here, set down its load
Of pine-accents, and shook listlessly
Two petals from that wild-rose tree.
- Thomas Bailey Aldrich