„I have tried to keep memory alive… I have tried to fight those who would forget. Because if we forget, we are guilty, we are accomplices.“
— Elie Wiesel writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor 1928 - 2016
„We shall be told: what can literature possibly do against the ruthless onslaught of open violence? But let us not forget that violence does not live alone and is not capable of living alone: it is necessarily interwoven with falsehood. Between them lies the most intimate, the deepest of natural bonds. Violence finds its only refuge in falsehood, falsehood its only support in violence. Any man who has once acclaimed violence as his METHOD must inexorably choose falsehood as his PRINCIPLE.“
— Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Russian writer 1918 - 2008
Nobel lecture (1970), Context: We shall be told: what can literature possibly do against the ruthless onslaught of open violence? But let us not forget that violence does not live alone and is not capable of living alone: it is necessarily interwoven with falsehood. Between them lies the most intimate, the deepest of natural bonds. Violence finds its only refuge in falsehood, falsehood its only support in violence. Any man who has once acclaimed violence as his METHOD must inexorably choose falsehood as his PRINCIPLE. At its birth violence acts openly and even with pride. But no sooner does it become strong, firmly established, than it senses the rarefaction of the air around it and it cannot continue to exist without descending into a fog of lies, clothing them in sweet talk. It does not always, not necessarily, openly throttle the throat, more often it demands from its subjects only an oath of allegiance to falsehood, only complicity in falsehood. Variant translation: Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence. Any man who has once proclaimed violence as his method is inevitably forced to take the lie as his principle. As quoted in Solzhenitsyn: A Documentary Record (1974) edited by Leopold Labedz
— Matthew Arnold English poet and cultural critic who worked as an inspector of schools 1822 - 1888
— John Marshall fourth Chief Justice of the United States 1755 - 1835
McCulloch v. Maryland (1819), 17 U.S. (4 Wheaton) 316, 407
„You forget that the kingdom of heaven suffers violence: and the kingdom of heaven is like a woman.“
— James Joyce Irish novelist and poet 1882 - 1941
Exiles (1915), Act II http://www.robotwisdom.com/jaj/exiles2.html
„We can forgive, but we cannot forget. That quote is mine. Those that forget their past are sentenced not to have a future.“
— Jair Bolsonaro Brazilian president elect 1955
About the Holocaust, at a meeting with evangelical pastors in Rio de Janeiro, on 11 April 2019. Bolsonaro: Brazil will vote ‘in line’ with Israel, US at UN Human Rights Council https://www.timesofisrael.com/bolsonaro-brazil-will-vote-in-line-with-israel-us-at-un-human-rights-council/. The Times of Israel (14 April 2019).
„While people are celebrating on Sunday we shouldn't forget the people who fought for lifting this ban are in jail.“
— Manal al-Sharif Saudi Arabian activist 1979
About lifting of the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia. As quoted in Saudi women 'still enslaved', says activist as driving ban ends http://news.trust.org/item/20180622172634-f882k/ (22 June 2018) by Heba Kanso, Thomson Reuters Foundation.
— Václav Havel playwright, essayist, poet, dissident and 1st President of the Czech Republic 1936 - 2011
New Year's Address to the Nation (1990), Context: Those who rebelled against totalitarian rule and those who simply managed to remain themselves and think freely, were all persecuted. We should not forget any of those who paid for our present freedom in one way or another.
— Edmund Burke, kniha Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents
Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents (1770)
— Rukmini Devi Arundale Indian Bharatnatyam dancer 1904 - 1986
pdf, A Century of Negotiations: The Changing Sphere of the Woman Dancer in India, 1 December 2013, Performancestudies.ucla.edu, 15-16 http://www.performancestudies.ucla.edu/downloads/SarkarNegotiation.pdf.,