Good or bad, memories are just moments we collect throughout life — moments that define the individuals we are today.

Memories are powerful. Remembering someone dear can quickly turn into a lesson about gratitude. Knowing how lucky you were or are to have a certain person in your life can help you appreciate them even more.

On the other hand, remembering something that makes you feel regret can also serve as a lesson. You cannot undo whatever you’ve done in the past, but you can learn from your mistakes and make sure you’ll handle things differently next time around.

It’s funny how little it takes to evoke a memory. A familiar smell or taste is sometimes enough to make you travel through time. The smell of a Christmas tree and the taste of cinnamon can bring back to mind some of our best childhood moments.

The best thing that we can do with our memories is to hang on to the happy ones, create more of those on purpose and let the sad ones slowly fade away.

Here are 30 memories quotes that will help you create the best ones yet:

We do not remember days; we remember moments.  

CESARE PAVESE

Never spend your fortune on the tangibles but on experiences and intangible moments that will someday become memories.

JEREMIAH SAYING

Someone said that God gave us memories so that we might have roses in December. 

J M BARRIE

We must use time wisely for our development and advancement; so that when we are old, we can look back and recollect the pleasant memories and deeds that we have achieved. 

MICHAEL LEE

It doesn’t matter what you did in the past, you can’t change it. The best you can do about your past is to be nostalgic with your family and loved ones about happy memories. 

ZOE MCKEY

A grandma is warm hugs and sweet memories. She remembers all of your accomplishments and forgets all of your mistakes. 

BARBARA CAGE

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

LOIS LOWRY

Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us.  

OSCAR WILDE (more Oscar Wilde quotes)

It was an opportunity to honor our memories and to make room for new ones.  

JILLY PRETZEL

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

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

HELEN KELLER

He was still too young to know that the heart’s memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and that thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past.  

GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ (more Gabriel Garcia Marquez quotes)

Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door. 

SAUL BELLOW

When you are gone, the only truly important thing you will leave behind are the memories you’ve created. How do you want to be remembered? 

MICHAEL HYATT & DANIEL HARKAVY

What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life — to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?

GEORGE ELIOT (more George Eliot quotes)

I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love. 

LEO BUSCAGLIA

Good memories are most often created without conscious effort. These are the memories that result from those unselfish acts or behaviors that give of our time, talents or gifts without any due regard for repayment. 

BYRON R. PULSIFER

A healthy relationship requires you to let go of the bitter memories of past and moves on with a new hope

ADAM GREEN & T.D. JAKES

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

RANDY ALCORN

Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.  

HARUKI MURAKAMI (more Haruki Murakami quotes)

I try to keep the happy memories. If that’s what you call selective memories, I’m good with that.  

NICOLE WILLIAMS

Memories, even bittersweet ones, are better than nothing.  

JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT

But she knew that no matter what beauty lay behind, it must remain there. No one could go forward with a load of aching memories.

MARGARET MITCHELL

There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have the feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well.  

NICHOLAS SPARKS

Memory is the treasure house of the mind wherein the monuments thereof are kept and preserved.  

THOMAS FULLER

Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.  

LUCY MAUD MONTGOMERY (more Lucy Maud Montgomery quotes)

The only real treasure is in your head. Memories are better than diamonds and nobody can steal them from you.  

RODMAN PHILBRICK

Let us not burthen our remembrance with a heaviness that’s gone.  

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (more William Shakespeare quotes)

I think the only answer is to live life to the fullest while you can and collect memories like fools collect money. Because in the end, that’s all you have  happy memories.  

SARAH STROHMEYER

It’s regrets that make painful memories. When I was crazy I did everything just right.  

MARK VONNEGUT