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Quotes of the Day for 6 March 2003 – Remember

It was on this day in 1836 that Mexican troops led by General Santa Anna stormed the Alamo mission at San Antonio, killing the rebels who had held the mission for thirteen days. "Remember the Alamo" became a rallying cry for the rebellion against Mexican rule, and has become a proverb for striking back at injustice. In fact, I never seem able to remember much about the Alamo without going and looking it up, but I can always remember the slogan. In other words, I remember the need to remember, while forgetting the facts.

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The quotes:

It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.
     - Anne Sexton

We do not remember days, we remember moments.
     - Cesare Pavese, 1908 - 1950

How is it that we remember the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not remember how often we have recounted it to the same person?
     - Francois, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, 1613 - 1680

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
     - George Santayana, 1863 - 1921

When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not; but my faculties are decaying now and soon I shall be so I cannot remember any but the things that never happened. It is sad to go to pieces like this but we all have to do it
     - Mark Twain, 1835 - 1910

Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.
     - Wystan Hugh Auden, 1907 - 1973


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