Quotes about forgetting

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„Do not feel ashamed to forgive and forget.“

—  Ali, book Nahj al-Balagha
Nahj al-Balagha, Letter 53: An order to Malik Al-Ashtar

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„You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.“

—  Charlie Parker American jazz saxophonist and composer 1920 - 1955
As quoted in Acting Is a Job: Real-life Lessons About the Acting Business (2006) by Jason Pugatch, p. 73; this statement has occurred with many different phrasings, including: "Learn the changes, then forget them."

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„When you start the next project you have to forget everything you did before, otherwise Dark Knight will start to sound like Kung Fu Panda.“

—  Hans Zimmer German film composer and music producer 1957
Source http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-13964918.

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„Over a half-century has passed since the hell of the Holocaust, but its spectre still hangs over the world and doesn’t allow us to forget.“

—  Irena Sendler Polish resistance fighter and Holocaust rescuer 1910 - 2008
Letter to the Polish Senate (2007), quoted in "Irena Sendler: An Unsung Heroine" http://www.auschwitz.dk/Sendler.htm by Louis Bülow (2007)

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„To ease another's heartache is to forget one's own.“

—  Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865
Misattributed, Quoted in a Edith A. Sawyer (1899), Mary Cameron

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„Our freedom to doubt was born out of a struggle against authority in the early days of science. It was a very deep and strong struggle: permit us to question — to doubt — to not be sure. I think that it is important that we do not forget this struggle and thus perhaps lose what we have gained.“

—  Richard Feynman American theoretical physicist 1918 - 1988
The Value of Science (1955), Context: The scientist has a lot of experience with ignorance and doubt and uncertainty, and this experience is of very great importance, I think. When a scientist doesn’t know the answer to a problem, he is ignorant. When he has a hunch as to what the result is, he is uncertain. And when he is pretty darn sure of what the result is going to be, he is still in some doubt. We have found it of paramount importance that in order to progress we must recognize our ignorance and leave room for doubt. Scientific knowledge is a body of statements of varying degrees of certainty — some most unsure, some nearly sure, but none absolutely certain. Now, we scientists are used to this, and we take it for granted that it is perfectly consistent to be unsure, that it is possible to live and not know. But I don’t know whether everyone realizes this is true. Our freedom to doubt was born out of a struggle against authority in the early days of science. It was a very deep and strong struggle: permit us to question — to doubt — to not be sure. I think that it is important that we do not forget this struggle and thus perhaps lose what we have gained.

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„Words are for meaning: when you've got the meaning, you can forget the words.“

—  Zhuangzi classic Chinese philosopher -369 - -286 BC
Context: A trap is for fish: when you've got the fish, you can forget the trap. A snare is for rabbits: when you've got the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words are for meaning: when you've got the meaning, you can forget the words. Where can I find someone who's forgotten words so I can have a word with him?... Variant: "Where can I find a man who has forgotten words? He is the one I would like to talk to."

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