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Quotations about Nostalgia
NOTE: Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors. —ღ Terri, March 2021
Forgotten days of long ago,
I wonder where you are!
And if perchance we'll meet again
On some far-distant star!
~George Elliston, "Forgotten Days," Everyday Poems, 1921
What is the charm that makes old things so sweet? ~Sarah Doudney, "Between the Lights," c.1875
The pleasure of nostalgia is never without its companion, loneliness. ~Isuna Hasekura, Spice & Wolf, Vol. 1, 2006, translated by Paul Starr
We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it. ~George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss, 1860
Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson: you find the present tense, but the past perfect! ~Owens Lee Pomeroy
If you're yearning for the good old days, just turn off the air conditioning. ~Griff Niblack
People seem to get nostalgic about a lot of things they weren't so crazy about the first time around. ~Author Unknown
It's never safe to be nostalgic about something until you're absolutely certain there's no chance of its coming back. ~Bill Vaughn
The joys of years, the snows of years,
Are piling into drifts;
And yet how oft a breath of spring
Divides the past in rifts!
We pause, and through the fissures see
The visions long, long past;
Ourselves as children on some knee
Where love has bound us fast...
We fain, but years drift on and on
Nor ever backward turn;
'Tis only in our heart of hearts
These lights of memory burn.
~Sara L. Vickers Oberholtzer, "Through the Fissures," Come for Arbutus, and Other Wild Bloom, 1882
An old family photo — this still moment in time, this moment when there was still time. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealized past. ~Robertson Davies, A Voice from the Attic
[I]t becomes increasingly easy, as you get older, to drown in nostalgia. ~Ted Koppel
Nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days. ~Doug Larson, United Feature Syndicate, quoted by The Reader's Digest, 1985
The nip of a nerve in neuralgia,
The torture that tingles a tooth,
Are naught when compared with nostalgia
Which claims for its prey age and youth...
~Wilbur D. Nesbit, "What Might Have Been: If Mr. Algernon Charles Swinburne had Written This Little Pig Went to Market," 1908
Nostalgia is a seductive liar. ~George Wildman Ball
It's curious the way we get nostalgic for some hoped-for thing that never happened, as if something that never happened were in the past. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory. ~Franklin Pierce Adams
We all have in our hearts a secret place where we keep, free from the contact of the world, our sweetest remembrances. ~J. De Finod
In every man's heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty. I can imagine no more fascinating privilege than to be allowed to ransack the desks of a thousand American business men, men supposed to be hard-headed, absorbed in brisk commerce. Somewhere in each desk one would find some hidden betrayal of that man's private worship. It might be some old newspaper clipping, perhaps a poem that had once touched him, for even the humblest poets are stout partisans of reality. It might be a photograph of children playing in the surf, or a little box of fishhooks, or a soiled old timetable of some queer backwoods railroad or primitive steamer service that had once carried him into his land of heart's desire. ~Christopher Morley (1890–1957), "A Slice of Sunlight," Travels in Philadelphia, 1920
True nostalgia is an ephemeral composition of disjointed memories. ~Florence King
In every age "the good old days" were a myth. No one ever thought they were good at the time. For every age has consisted of crises that seemed intolerable to the people who lived through them. ~Brooks Atkinson, Once Around the Sun, 1951
"Father," I cry, "the old must still be nearer;
Stifle my love, or give me back the past!
Give me the fair old earth, whose paths are dearer
Than all Thy shining streets, and mansions vast."
~Sarah Doudney, "Between the Lights," c.1875
Nostalgia is a process by which dreams become memories without ever coming true. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
I don't like nostalgia unless it's mine. ~Lou Reed
Who wants to live with one foot in hell just for the sake of nostalgia? Our time is forever now! ~Alice Childress
Nostalgia for what we have lost is more bearable than nostalgia for what we have never had, for the first involves knowledge and pleasure, the second only ignorance and pain. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1963
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