That poem of Browning owes much of its haunting charm to this very circumstance, that the reader is never told who Childe Roland is, or why he wants to get to the Dark Tower, or what he expects to find when he does get there. There is a skillfully constructed atmosphere of Giants, and Ogres, and Hunchbacks, and the rest of the apparatus of fairy-tales; but there is no trace of the influence of Bædeker in the style. Now this is really very irritating to anybody who happens to be seriously concerned to get to that tower. I remember, as a boy, what misery I suffered over this poem. Had Browning been alive, I think I would have sought him out, so seriously did I take the Quest.
Aleister Crowley, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Liber LXXI, The Voice of the Silence
Humans can forget anything. It’s okay to forget some things, because we are mortal and finite. But some things we have to remember. It’s important that we remember. Write to yourself something which will make you remember.
qntm, There Is No Antimemetics Division [Amazon, Publisher, Author, Wiki]
Remember, Omon, although man, of course, has no soul, every soul is a universe. That’s the dialectic.
Victor Pelevin, trans. Andrew Bromfield, Omon Ra [Bookshop, Amazon, Publisher]
Soon, you remember only what it wants you to remember.
Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Winterglass [Bookshop, Amazon, Publisher, DriveThruFiction]
If reading is a craft that allows us to remember the common experience of humankind, it follows that totalitarian governments will try to suppress the memory held by the page. Under such circumstances, the reader’s struggle is against oblivion.
Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night [Bookshop, Amazon, Publisher]
The religion of humanity is a grand, a noble belief. To remember that each and every one has some claim to consideration, that the way to restrain from wrong-doing is through the human heart.
Lydia Leavitt, Bohemian Society [Bookshop, Amazon, Internet Archive]
And remember, dying is a serious business. If a man dies with a sin on his soul, he goes to Spain.
Trevanian, Shibumi: A Novel [Bookshop, Amazon, Author]
That does sound solid, but remember a system is only as secure as the humans who operate it.
Andy Weir, Randomize [Amazon]
Importantly, he also encourages us to remember that this deity is really just one reflection of the divine. If we lose sight of this, we risk overly identifying with a partial force, rather than the one spiritual star in our sight—the HGA.
David Shoemaker, Living Thelema: A Practical Guide to Attainment in Aleister Crowley’s System of Magick [Bookshop, Amazon]
if you bother to remember anything from my ramblings, please remember this: once you turn your back on something, you have no more right to act as though you own it.
Tamsyn Muir, Harrow the Ninth [Bookshop, Amazon, Publisher]