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64 Unforgettable Quotes on Memories of Love, Friends, Family

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Last updated on January 23, 2023
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Nostalgic memories can be difficult to deal with, but with the right quotes, you can turn them into unforgettable sources of inspiration, whether you are:

  • Putting together a photo album;
  • Looking for a short caption to go with a picture on social media;
  • Or you just want to motivate yourself to create new moments that will go down the memory lane.

Therefore, here is a list of 64 quotes – cited from experts in making memories, bestselling writers, and successful people – about all kinds of memories, from the happy ones you create with your friends and family to childhood times and the sad moments when people lose their love.

Quotes on making memories

1. "The best part of memories is making them"

- Meik Wiking

Man making memories at sunset and a quote by Meik Wiking saying
About quote's author: Meik Wiking is an expert in the field of memories as he, as a NYT bestselling author, wrote the book The Art of Making Memories. Wiking is also the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute.

2. "Life must be lived forwards, but understood backwards."

- Søren Kierkegaard

About quote's author: Kierkegaard was a famous Danish philosopher, considered by many as being the "father of existentialism." 

Note: this is one of those quotes that makes living with sad memories easier.

3. "You shouldn’t wait for other people to make special things happen. You have to create your own memories."

- Heidi Klum

About quote's author: Heidi Klum is one of the judges of the TV reality show America's Got Talent, a former model, an actress, and a businesswoman, so she has an effervescent mix of memories.

4. "The most beautiful things are not associated with money; they are memories and moments. If you don’t celebrate those, they can pass you by."

- Alek Wek

About quote's author: originating from South Sudan, Alek Wek is a successful model that had plenty of moments to celebrate as she appeared on the covers of famous magazines, starred in music videos, and showed that everything is possible, even though she lived her childhood in poverty.

5. "Adventure is important in life. Making memories matters (…) Effort from imagination and following adventure creates stories that you keep forever. And anyone can do it."

- Rob Lowe

A woman hiking and one of the best quotes about making memories through adventure, by Rob Lowe.
About quote's author: Rob Lowe is an American actor and author of a few autobiographical books, where he shared many of the memories and adventures he had experienced during his acting career.

6. "Humans, not places, make memories"

- Ama Ata Aidoo

About quote's author: Ama Ata Aidoo shared the above quote from her expertise as a nomad Ghanaian writer that made various memories as a student in her own country and as a frequent attendee of USA fellowships and other professorships in Kenya or US.

Quotes on memories of friends

7. "Close friends are truly life’s treasures. Sometimes they know us better than we know ourselves. With gentle honesty, they are there to guide and support us, to share our laughter and our tears. Their presence reminds us that we are never really alone."

- Vincent Van Gogh

About quote's author: after living all of his life in poverty and facing depression, Vincent Van Gogh posthumously became famous, so meeting his friends was probably a valuable escape out of his problems, and also, what inspired him to author this quote about memories.

8. "Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget."

- G. Randolf

Note about quote's author: we couldn't find the full name or identity.

9. "So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good."

- Helen Keller

One of the best quotes about having memories with friends by Helen Keller and a heart formed with hands joined together.
About quote's author: Helen Keller was an American author who lived her life without being able to see and hear, but with all of this, she still managed to make unforgettable memories alongside her friends, which surely inspired the above quote.

10. "Someday many years from now, we’ll sit beside the candle’s glow, exchanging tales about our past and laughing as the memories flow. And when that distant day arrives, I know it will be understood, that friendship is the key to live, and we were friends and it was good."

- Eileen Hehl

About quote's author: Eileen Hehl is a fiction writer with many published books under her belt.

11. "I haven’t seen you in a while, yet I often imagine all your expressions. I haven’t spoken to you recently, but many times I hear your thoughts. Good friends must not always be together. It is the feeling of oneness, when distant that proves a lasting."

- Unknown, presumably Orson Welles

Family and childhood memories quotes

Memories made in a family, especially during childhood, are some of the sweetest ones, but below you can also find quotes about school and college moments, which can also be unforgettable.

12. "The memories we make with our family is everything."

- Candace Cameron Bure

Two parents and their child standing on a beach and one of the best quotes about family memories by Candace Bure saying
About quote's author: Candace Cameron Bure played many roles in her career, from being an actress known for her role in Fuller House to becoming a NYT bestselling author, but her family always received special attention.

13. "A life-long blessing for children is to fill them with warm memories of times together. Happy memories become treasures in the heart to pull out on the tough days of adulthood."

- Charlotte Kasl

About quote's author: Charlotte Kasl was a licensed psychologist, a counselor and an author, whose expertise included topics like addiction, spirituality, finding joy, and more.

14. "What we remember from childhood, we remember forever — permanent ghosts, stamped, inked, imprinted, eternally seen."

- Cynthia Ozick

About quote's author: Cynthia Ozick is a talented American novelist who focuses on themes that involve the recollection of memories, like the disparaged self, the reconstruction of identity after immigration, and trauma.

15. "High school is what kind of grows you into the person you are. I have great memories, good and bad, some learning experiences and some that I'll take with me the rest of my life."

- Giancarlo Stanton

About quote's author: Giancarlo Stanton is a New York Yankees baseball player whose high-school memories revolved in a large part around playing sports, which later provided him college scholarships.

16. "To this day, I have the most fond memories of some of my old toys."

- Michael Keaton

Toys standing in the back of a kid and one of the best quotes about childhood memories by Michael Keaton saying
About quote's author: even if Hollywood actor Michael Keaton played so many famous roles – like Batman, The Boston Globe's editor in Spotlight, and the founder of McDonald's – his childhood memories still bring him the most joy.

17. "Childhood is what anyone wants to remember. It leaves behind no fossils, except perhaps in fiction."

- Carol Shields

About quote's author: Carol Shields was an American-Canadian writer who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with her 1993 novel, The Stone Diaries.

Head over to our comprehensive list of quotes about family memories to find many more great sayings that make for brilliant memento captions.

Quotes about unforgettable memories

18. "There's things that happen in a person's life that are so scorched in the memory and burned into the heart that there's no forgetting them."

- John Boyne

About quote's author: John Boyne is an Irish novelist who earned his status of a NYT bestselling author through the success of his famous short story collection, The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas.

19. "If we remembered everything, we should on most occasions be as ill off as if we remembered nothing"

- William James

About quote's author: William James was a psychologist oftentimes referred to as the father of American psychology.

20. "Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading."

- Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

Friends staying together in front of a forest, making unforgettable memories, and one of the best quotes by Kazuo Ishiguro saying:
About quote's author: Kazuo Ishiguro is a British novelist who won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature.
Kazuo's work in novels like The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go was lauded for having “uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.”

21. "If you want people to remember you, you need to give them something to remember you by."

- Meik Wiking

Quotes on memories of love

22. "It is easy to love people in memory; the hard thing is to love them when they are there in front of you."

- John Updike, My Father's Tears and Other Stories

About quote's author: John Updike was one of the few writers who have won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction more than once. He earned the most of his fame for his "Rabbit" novel series.

23. "When we lose one we love, our bitterest tears are called forth by the memory of hours when we loved not enough."

- Maurice Maeterlinck

About quote's author: Writer Maurice Maeterlinck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2011, the main themes of his work revolving around death and the meaning of life.

24. "Anyone who falls in love is searching for the missing pieces of themselves. So anyone who's in love gets sad when they think of their lover. It's like stepping back inside a room you have fond memories of, one you haven't seen in a long time."

- Haruki Murakami

A couple making a love memory as they hold arms while riding bicycles at sunset, and one of the best quotes about memories by Haruki Murakami.

About quote's author: Haruki Murakami is an awarded Japanese writer who has sold millions of copies outside Japan. The Guardian described Murakami as "among the world's greatest living novelists."

25. "Lost love is still love. It takes a different form, that's all. You can't see their smile or bring them food or tousle their hair or move them around a dance floor. But when those senses weaken another heightens. Memory. Memory becomes your partner. You nurture it. You hold it. You dance with it."

- Mitch Albom

About quote's author: Mitch Albom is a bestselling author with over 40 million copies sold worldwide, a sports journalist, screenwriter, and so much more.

26. "Love is a really scary thing, and you never know what's going to happen. It's one of the most beautiful things in life, but it's one of the most terrifying. It's worth the fear because you have more knowledge, experience, you learn from people, and you have memories."

- Ariana Grande

About quote's author: Ariana Grande is an awarded American singer who had many memories of love with different celebrities, and she went through happy and tough times, especially as one of her lovers, Mac Miller, died two months after their split due to a suspected overdose.

27. "We fell in love, despite our differences, and once we did, something rare and beautiful was created. For me, love like that has only happened once, and that's why every minute we spent together has been seared in my memory. I'll never forget a single moment of it."

- Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

About quote's author: Nicholas Sparks is a NYT bestselling author who wrote The Notebook, the novel that inspired the famous romantic drama film with the same name.

28. "The heart that truly loves never forgets."

- Proverb

Man thinking of his past love and a proverb saying

29. "Perhaps love is like a resting place, a shelter from the storm. It exists to give you comfort, it is there to keep you warm, and in those times of trouble when you are most alone, the memory of love will bring you home."

- John Denver

About quote's author: with songs like "Take Me Home Country Roads" tied to his name, John Denver was a very successful American singer and songwriter but one who also had to experience two divorces, so Denver knew what it means to live away from your love and suffice with just memories.

Sweet memories quotes

30. "Memories are what warms you up from the inside."

- Haruki Murakami

31. "Some things don't last forever, but some things do. Like a good song, or a good book, or a good memory you can take out and unfold in your darkest times, pressing down on the corners and peering in close, hoping you still recognize the person you see there."

- Sarah Dessen, This Lullaby

About quote's author: Sarah Dessen is an awarded American novelist who has been featured on the New York Times' bestseller list and has been contacted by Netflix to adapt some of her novels.

32. "Our memories are the only paradise from which we can never be expelled."

- Jean-Paul Richter

A photo memory of a Venice landscape and one of the best quotes about sweet memories by Jean Paul Richter saying
About quote's author: Jean Paul Richter was a German writer who focused on creating humorous novels and stories.

Happy memories quotes

33. "It takes one thought, one second, one moment or positive memory to act as a catalyst for the light to gradually seep in again."

- Fearne Cotton

About quote's author: Fearne Cotton is best known for her work as an English TV and radio presenter, but she is also a writer.

34. "The value of a smile... It costs nothing, but creates much. It enriches those who receive, without impoverishing those who give. It happens in a flash and the memory of it sometimes lasts forever."

- Dale Carnegie

A girl smiling in the middle of a crowded city and a quote by Dale Carnegie on the power of smile.
About quote's author: Dale Carnegie was an American writer and speaker in fields like self-improvement, public speaking, and salesmanship. One of his most popular books is called How to Win Friends and Influence People.
Carnegie's quote above would work great along photo memories with two or more friends smiling.

Quotes on sad memories

35. "When it comes to memories, the good and the bad never balance."

- Jodi Picoult

About quote's author: Jodi Picoult is a successful American writer that published numerous books and wrote a few Wonder Woman issues as well. In her work, Picoult oftentimes covers moral issues, related to school shootings, abortion, LGBT rights, and more.

36. "Grief and memory go together. After someone dies, that’s what you’re left with. And the memories are so slippery yet so rich."

- Mike Mills

About quote's author: Mike Mills is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker who's most known for Beginners and 20th Century Women, two comedy-dramas.

37. "Memories can also be a burden that we carry around with us. Not every memory is a happy one."

- Meik Wiking

38. "No matter how much suffering you went through, you never wanted to let go of those memories."

- Haruki Murakami

The eyes of a woman in tears and a quote by Haruki Murakami saying

39. "The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared."

- Lois Lowry, The Giver

About quote's author: Lois Lowry is an American writer whose audience is mainly children and young adults. We can say that Lois had her fair share of sad moments, two of them being the moment when her sister died of cancer and the time when she divorced of her husband, with whom she had 4 children.

As a bonus for people who have sad memories, here is Adam Levine's song "Memories", dedicated "for anyone who has ever experienced loss. In other words, this song is for all of us," in Levine's words.

Quotes about past memories

40. "For some, life lasts a short while, but the memories it holds last forever."

- Laura Swenson

41. "Our memory is our coherence; it’s experiencing being the same person over time."

- Luis Buñuel

About quote's author: Luis Buñuel was a Spanish filmmaker who worked in many parts of the world, including France, Spain, and Mexico.

42. "Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them."

- Bob Dylan

A drawer full of old pictures and a quote by Bob Dylan saying
About quote's author: Bob Dylan, regarded as one of the most talented songwriters of all time, gathered a treasure of memories along his impressive career, so his advice is to be listened carefully.

43. "Enjoy good memories. But don’t spend your remaining days here looking back, wishing for ‘the good old days."

- Randy Alcorn

About quote's author: Randy Alcorn is a former pastor and currently a writer of religion and spirituality-related books.

44. "The past beats inside me like a second heart."

- John Banville (The Sea)

About quote's author: John Banville is an awarded Irish novelist, who won the 2005 Booker Prize and the 2011 Franz Kafka Priz, among other accolades.

45. "I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don't have complete emotions about the present, only about the past."

- Virginia Woolf

About quote's author: English writer Virginia Woolf was one of the most prominent modernist authors of the 20th century. Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse are two of her most famous novels.

46. "Things pass, and the best we can do is to let them really go away. Getting rid of certain memories also means making some room for other memories to take their place."

- Paulo Coelho

A jar with a picture of a paper with the word
About quote's author: Best known for his novel The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho is a world-renowned Brazilian writer who sold hundreds of millions of copies of his books.

47. "Maybe our happiness depends not only on what we can remember but also on what we are able to forget."

- Meik Wiking

48. "When we think of the past it's the beautiful things we pick out."

- Margaret Atwood, "The Handmaid's Tale"

About quote's author: Margaret Atwood is an awarded Canadian author whose writing won multiple Booker Prizes and the Franz Kafka Prize, among others. The Handmaid's Tale has been adapted to film multiple times, being one of Atwood's most successful novels.

Famous quotes on memories

49. "One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching"

- Gerard Way

About quote's author: Gerard Way is a singer, songwriter, and comic book writer. The famous Netflix series The Umbrella Academy was adapted from Gerard Way's comic book series with the same name.

50. "Memory is the dairy we all carry about with us."

- Oscar Wilde

A diary placed on a map, a magnifying glass, a camera, some cards, and a quote by Oscar Wilde saying
About quote's author: Oscar Wilde was in Irish author of poetry and plays, his most famous novel being The Picture of Dorian Grey.

51. "God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December."

- J.M. Barrie

About quote's author: Scottish novelist and playwright James Barrie is the creator of Peter Pan.

Funny quotes on memories

52. "We didn't realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun."

- Winnie the Pooh

About quote's author: Winnie the Pooh is a fictional character created by author A. A. Milne and illustrator E. H. Shepard. The teddy bear went to become one of Walt Disney's most successful franchises.

53. "People have an annoying habit of remembering things they shouldn't."

- Christopher Paolini, "Eragon"

About quote's author: Christopher Paolini is an Americano author known for his book series The Inheritance Cycle. Paolini also holds the world record for the "youngest author of a bestselling book series."

54. "We all have our time machines, don't we. Those that take us back are memories... And those that carry us forward, are dreams."

- H.G. Wells

A girl travelling through space and a famous quote by Wells saying
About quote's author: H. G. Wells earned most of his fame as a science-fiction writer. Some of his most well-known novels are The Time Machine, about a device that can make one go back in time and essentially relive memories,  and The Invisible Man.

55. "One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory."

- Rita Mae Brown

About quote's author: having a feminist approach to her writing, Rita Mae Brown's best known novel is Rubyfruit Jungle.

56. "If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered."

- Edgar Allan Poe

About quote's author: Edgar Allan Poe was a famous American writer, whose work focused on poetry and short stories. Poe is considered by many as one of the pioneers of the detective fiction genre.

Beautiful quotes for photo captions

57. "Do we leave places, or does a place leave us?"

- Meik Wiking

58. "What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce."

- Karl Lagerfeld

Photo memories and a quote by Karl Lagerfeld saying
About quote's author: Karl Lagerfeld was a German creative director who worked for big fashion labels like Chanel and Fendi.

59. "The best part about pictures is that even when the people in the photo change, the memory it contains never will."

- Andy Warhol

About quote's author: Andy Warhol was one of the most prominent promoters of pop art through his artistic skills in fields like photography, film, sculpture, and not only.

Short quotes on memories

60. "We do not remember days, we remember moments."

- Cesare Pavese

About quote's author: Cesare Pavese was an Italian writer that published most of his work after experiencing World War II.

61. "Perfume is the art that makes memory speak."

- Francis Kurkdijan

About quote's author: Francis Kurkdijan is a French perfumer who created memorable fragrances for major companies, like Jean Paul Gaultier, Elie Saab, Burberry, and more.

62. "Every man’s memory is his private literature."

- Aldous Huxley

A large library shelf and a short quote by Aldous Huxley saying
About quote's author: Aldous Huxley was an English writer but also a philosopher. His most famous novel is called Brave New World.

63. "Memories, all those little experiences make up the fabric of our lives."

- Ben Affleck

About quote's author: Ben Affleck is a famous Hollywood actor and producer that has 2 Academy Awards to his name.

64. "We're all just memories of our future selves."

- Reggie Watts

About quote's author: Reggie Watts is an American comedian and musician, currently leading the band that performs in The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Why do we remember some memories better than others

According to scientific studies, there are several factors that affect what memories we remember better, including:

  • Our biology;
  • How depressed we are;
  • The culture of different people.

Researchers got to the conclusion that humans retain happy memories better than sad ones, which they suggest is a characteristic that makes us more joyful and resilient.

However, science also says that people affected by depression can experience difficulty in reminding memories of the past and imagining the future.

In addition, another scientific study says that depressed individuals are more likely to remember sad experiences rather than positive ones.

Helpful tip: if you feel depressed, a NY psychologist says that watching animated movies is beneficial for your mind. You can also use apply these scienced-backed 11 tips to quickly improve your mood.

Furthermore, researchers proved there is a difference between what memories people from different cultures remember better.

While people in the Western culture tend to remember memories that bring forward their uniqueness, East Asian individuals are more prone to recall moments of social connection.

Why is it important to remember and make memories

Memories are not only moments to go back to when boredom or nostalgia strikes. Scientific research says that remembering our past is fundamental, and in fact has four key roles:

  • Solves problems of the present and the future;
  • Regulates emotions;
  • Forms identity;
  • Makes us more social.

Therefore, getting motivated by all the quotes about making and remembering memories in this article becomes even more important.

How to make the most out of memory quotes

After reading so many quotes, it's time to make the most of it. Here is some practical advice on how to use all the 64 memory quotes:

  • Write one memory quote a day in your diary. Did you know that writing about important personal experiences in an emotional way for as little as 15 minutes every day brings about improvements in mental and physical health?;
  • Use quotes to write beautiful captions for old photo memories of friends and family. Then, put together a photo album or post the photos on social media;
  • Inspire from a quote and remember positive memories. A study found that positive memory specificity was associated with lower stress in the morning and fewer negative thoughts.


To conclude, this list of quotes about making and remembering memories can help anyone cherish their past moments, be them happy or sad, and give, even to those old unforgettable childhood times, a fancier look, all of this while inspiring people around the world to go out there and forge new beautiful memories with their friends, family, and love partners, which they can compile in a sweet photo album or post on social platforms later on.

Friends and family together looking at a scenery and text saying
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