William James on memory
William James on Memory

The art of remembering is the art of thinking.

When we wish to fix a new thing
in either our own mind or a pupil's,
our conscious effort
should not be so much to impress and retain it
as to connect it with something else already there.

The connecting is the thinking;
if we attend clearly to the connection,
the connected thing will certainly be likely
to remain within recall.

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