Luis Buñuel

“You have to begin to lose your memory , if only in bits and pieces, to realise that memory is what makes our lives. Life without memory is no life at all … Our memory is our coherence, our reason, our feeling , even our action. Without it , we are nothing…(i can only wait for the final amnesia, the one that can erase an entire life, as it did my mother’s…)”

-Luis Buñuel

Taken from the book ” The man who mistook his wife for a hat” by Oliver Sacks.



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3 responses to “Luis Buñuel

  1. Monica

    I cherish my memories. I also realize that I let too many fade, unintentionally. Preserving memories is a huge job. Memories have to be lived, over and over again. Sometimes you live them until they self-destruct. You ask yourself “is that really how things happened?” Suddenly you can’t remember. Any longer. My brain is a part of myself that frustrates me a lot. I’m sure it does me a favor sometimes by erasing certain memories. Many of them I miss though. I know something’s missing. However, I do not believe in one final amnesia. I believe in the contrary. The last thing we do on this earth is die. And when that happens, I believe all memories are given back to us. We will be given the opportunity to live each moment again. Until we are content. And if we didn’t understand before, we will then. And life will go on.

  2. this quote is actually referring to amnesia and demencia , and less about death , though I can easily see how it could be taken as such. You should check out the book , it’s pretty crazy.

    • Monica

      I thought it might be. I was responding to the idea that the amnesia/demencia and the loss of memories would be something final. To me life doesn’t end with the body malfunctioning and/or dying. The mind doesn’t die with the brain, if that makes any sense. Just a few thoughts that came to me while I was reading the quote. I’ll check out the book next time I’m at the library

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