These 250 Quotes About Nostalgia To Go Back In Time
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These 250 Quotes About Nostalgia To Go Back In Time

Nostalgia Quotes About Longing For the Past

Top 10 Nostalgia Quotes

“You want a timeless song, I wanna change the game… You wanna turn it up loud, future nostalgia is the name.” – Dua Lipa

“You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth.” – John Green

“You don’t run for the presidency out of nostalgia.” – George McGovern

“You can’t return to a place that no longer exists, luv.” – Samantha Sotto

“You can suffer nostalgia in the presence of the beloved if you glimpse a future where the beloved is no more.” – Milan Kundera

“You can go other places, all right – you can live on the other side of the world, but you can’t ever leave home.” – Sue Monk Kidd

“You can embrace nostalgia and history and tradition at the same time – it has to progress or it can’t survive.” – Sturgill Simpson

“Why is it I feel a new nostalgia for the era of the guillotine.” – Dennis Cooper

“Who wants to live with one foot in hell just for the sake of nostalgia…” – Alice Childress

“When we are young… we often experience things in the present with a nostalgia-in-advance, but we seldom guess what we will truly prize years from now.” – Edmund White

What is Nostalgia?

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“Nostalgias were peeled from it long ago.” – Donald Justice

“Nostalgia: The place I come back to see, just in case you come back looking for me.”

“Nostalgia: it’s delicate, but potent. In Greek, “nostalgia” literally means “the pain from an old wound”. It’s a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone a feeling of a place where we ache to go again.” – Don Draper

“Nostalgia: a sentimental or wistful yearning for the happiness felt in a former place, time, or situation.”

“Nostalgia: A device that removes the ruts and potholes from memory lane.” – Doug Larson

“Nostalgia: a bittersweet longing for things, persons, or situations of the past.”

“Nostalgia, the vice of the aged.” – Angela Carter

“Nostalgia, the vice of the aged. We watch so many old movies our memories come in monochrome.” – Angela Carter

“Nostalgia paints a smile on the stony face of the past.” – Mason Cooley

“Nostalgia makes the past dress up in prettier clothes than those the present is wearing.” – Dahi Tamara Koch

“Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.” – Peter De Vries

“Nostalgia is, by definition, the least authentic of all feelings.” – Enrique de Heriz

“Nostalgia is, “Hey, remember the other mall that used to be there?”” – George Saunders

“Nostalgia is the saddest form of glee.” – Antonio Ruiz-Camacho

“Nostalgia is the only friend that stays with you forever.” – Damien Echols

“Nostalgia is the hearts way of reminding you of something you once loved. It travels in many forms; on a song, in a scent or in photographs… but no matter how it comes to you it will always have the same bitter-sweet taste.” – Ranata Suzuki

“Nostalgia is the aching realization that you can’t go back again. The longing, no matter how intense, can never be met.” – R.C. Sproul

“Nostalgia is simply the result of aging and liking the life you’ve lived. Be happy you can feel it it’s a good sign.” – Anthony Marais

“Nostalgia is powerful. It is natural, human to long for the past, particularly when we can remember our histories as better than they were.” – Roxane Gay

“Nostalgia is one thing. It’s great to go and play the old songs. People know them and appreciate them. You got to give them what they want to hear.” – Denny Laine

“Nostalgia is masochism and masochism is something masochists love to share.” – Andrei Codrescu

“Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson: you find the present tense, but the past perfect!” – Owens Lee Pomeroy

“Nostalgia is inevitably a yearning for a past that never existed…” – John Green

“Nostalgia is being blind to the bad and only remembering the good.” – Jarod Kintz

“Nostalgia is an illness for those who haven’t realized that today is tomorrow’s nostalgia.” – Zeena Schreck

“Nostalgia is also a dangerous form of comparison. Think about how often we compare our lives to a memory that nostalgia has so completely edited that it never really existed.” – Brené Brown

“Nostalgia is a very human trait.” – Stephanie Coontz

“Nostalgia is a very complicated subject for me. I’m attracted by nostalgia but I refuse it intellectually.” – Miuccia Prada

“Nostalgia is a seductive liar.” – George Wildman

“Nostalgia is a powerful feeling; it can drown out anything.” – Terrence Malick

“Nostalgia is a necessary thing, I believe… At the same time, if nostalgia precipitates actions to return to that fabled, rosy-painted time, particularly in one who believes his life to be a failure, then it is an empty thing, doomed to produce nothing but frustration and an even greater sense of failure.” – R A Salvatore

“Nostalgia is a form of depression both for a society and an individual.” – Abbie Hoffman

“Nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days.” – Doug Larson

“Nostalgia is a dirty liar that insists things were better than they seemed.”

“Nostalgia is a beautiful lie dressed up in sepia.” – Atticus

“Nostalgia in reverse, the longing for yet another strange land, grew especially strong in spring.” – Vladimir Nabokov

“Nostalgia has become so much more popular because technology and climate change are visibly present. It’s easy to idolize the past, before those things were prevalent.” – Weyes Blood

Funny Nostalgia Quotes

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“We are homesick most for the places we have never known.” – Carson McCullers

“We all know the sound a camera makes when it snaps a picture. Even some of the digitals do it for nostalgia’s sake.” – Jay Asher

“Walking down his own city, he saw nostalgia vaporize before his eyes, it couldn’t have been more pretty with his dog and the crimson sunrise.”

“Wait, you don’t understand, if you don’t play, there’s no music, if there’s no music, they don’t dance, if they don’t dance, they don’t kiss and fall in love and I’m history.” – Marty McFly

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“Unreal. I’m feeling nostalgic for something that happened less than twenty four hours ago. This has got to be a record.” – Barry Lyga

“True nostalgia is an ephemeral composition of disjointed memories.” – Florence King

“Today, nostalgia is almost as unacceptable as racism.” – Terry Eagleton

“The power of nostalgia: Human beings are meaning makers, and nostalgia provides us with an automatic mechanism to reflect on the past and draw meaning from our expression.”

“The past isn’t quaint while you’re in it. Only at a safe distance, later, when you can see it as décor, not as the shape your life’s been squeezed into.” – Margaret Atwood

“The past is a candle at great distance: too close to let you quit, too far to comfort you.” – Amy Bloom

“The only way to fight nostalgia is to listen to somebody else’s nostalgia.” – Pete Hamill

“The nostalgia of a moment’s love can be an illusionary precipice from which we fall from truth; in heartbreak, what we escape to in the past is what tortures us in the present.” – Mike Norton

“The memories: they are the reality.” – Stephen King

“The inside jokes weren’t jokes anymore. They had become stories.” – Stephan Chbosky

“The Greek word for “return” is nostos. Algos means “suffering.” So nostalgia is the suffering caused by an unappeased yearning to return.” – Milan Kundera

“The ‘good old times’ – all times when old are good.” – Lord Byron

“The deeper the nostalgia and the more complete the fear, the purer, the richer the word and the secret.” – Elie Wiesel

“The day when I was shifting from my hometown, I felt my luggage quite heavy, may be because my reluctant soul made me weak.”

“The chilly breeze on that cool spring morning had a quality of nostalgia to it. It brought to life many promises, sending my heart wandering in castles of salt and sand built in lovelorn spring breeze of yesteryears. I held my heart and carried on with my day. All the castles are eventually washed away in time.”

“The best times we’ve had on earth are usually with those we love.” – Van Harden

“The ‘good old times’ – all times when old are good.” – Lord Byron

“That is the land of lost content, I see it shining plain, the happy highways where I went and cannot come again.” – A. E. Housman

“Soon, nostalgia will be another name for Europe.” – Angela Carter

“Music evokes so many feelings in us, memories, nostalgia, things that are connected to our past.” – Olga Kurylenko

“Music can be a way for me to think back a lot of the time, almost like an opening into all the nostalgia I never express.” – Amber Mark

“Memories stay forever; people don’t…”

“Maybe that’s the definition of nostalgia: getting sappy about things that are supposed to be insignificant.” – Rachel Lynn Solomon

“Many of my cartoons are not a belly laugh. I go for nostalgia, the lump in the throat, the tear in the eye, the tug in the heart.” – Bil Keane

“Life is so fast. And I still remember when I came up to the big leagues and played as if it were yesterday. Time flies.” – Asdrubal Cabrera

“Jesu, Jesu, the mad days that I have spent! And to see how many of my old acquaintance are dead!” – William Shakespeare

“It looks as if they were victims of a conspiracy; for the books they read, ideal by the necessity of selection, and the conversation of their elders, who look back upon the past through a rosy haze of forgetfulness, prepare them for an unreal life.”

“It is strange how we hold on to the pieces of the past while we wait for our futures.” – Ally Condie

“It is both a blessing and a curse to feel everything so very deeply.”

“It becomes increasingly easy, as you get older, to drown in nostalgia.” – Ted Koppel

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different?” – C.S. Lewis

“In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel saw a dream and visions in his mind as he lay on his bed; then he wrote the dream down and related the following summary of it.” – Daniel

“In personal life, the warm glow of nostalgia amplifies good memories and minimizes bad ones about experiences and relationships, encouraging us to revisit and renew our ties with friends and family. It always involves a little harmless self-deception, like forgetting the pain of childbirth.” – Stephanie Coontz

“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

“Enjoy’d no sooner but despised straight, Past reason hunted, and no sooner had Past reason hated.” – William Shakespeare

“Each night I lie down in a graveyard of memories.” – Jerry Spinelli

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” – 1 Corinthians

“Documentary photography has amassed mountains of evidence. And yet… the genre has simultaneously contributed much to spectacle, to retinal excitation, to voyeurism, to terror, envy and nostalgia, and only a little to the critical understanding of the social world.”

“Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity.” – Robert Morgan

“Death really did not matter to him but life did, and therefore the sensation he felt when they gave their decision was not a feeling of fear but of nostalgia.” – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“Certain scents can evoke so much feeling, nostalgia, and trigger beautiful memories.” – Kat Von D

“Cash is going to be killed. It will be nostalgia.” – Tyler Winklevoss

Childhood Nostalgia Quotes

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“To return to the books of my childhood is to yield to the strain of nostalgia that is curious about the self I once was.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“I don’t have a great nostalgia for the past.” – Andy Summers

“I don’t think I’d have been in such a hurry to reach adulthood if I’d known the whole thing was going to be ad-libbed.”

“I don’t like nostalgia unless it’s mine.” – Lou Reed

“Feeling nostalgic about my childhood summers, when we would climb into old tires and roll down the hills.”

“Fashion is inspired by youth and nostalgia and draws inspiration from the past of the past.” – Lana Del Rey

“Everyone who ever bet against you was wrong. There is an empowered kind of nostalgia that comes when you think of all the people who tried to block your path… and here you are… not only surviving, but THRIVING… while helping others… with your baddasss unapologetic self.” – Steve Maraboli

“Everyone wants to live in tomorrow and vacation in yesterday.” – Matt Spire

“Everyone is entitled to his own nostalgia.” – James Wolcott

“Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.” – Albert Camus

“Hey presto: time travel. You don’t need a time machine, it turns out, you just need a friend to laugh like a teenager. Chronology shivers.” – Michael Marshall Smith

“He used to tell his story to every stranger that arrived at Mr. Doolittle’s hotel… It at last settled down precisely to the tale I have related, and not a man, woman, or child in the neighborhood, but knew it by heart.” – ‘Rip Van Winkle’

“Have you ever wondered how nostalgia isn’t what it used to be?” – Jasper Fforde

“God! what would I forfeit to have the days of my childhood restored, or to be able to forget them forever!” – Charles Dickens

“Gide says the hell of this life is that between a hundred paths we have to choose only one, and live with nostalgia for the other ninety nine.” – Fernando Sabino

“The fiending for a state of stasis, for the safety of childhood and the nostalgia of the madeleine in the tea or an eternal library is not too far removed from the desire for death. The idealizing of the past is a kind of death.” – John Thomas Allen

“Children are still the way you were as a child, sad and happy in just the same way—and if you think of your childhood, you once again live among them, among the solitary children.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

“We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it.” – George Eliot

“I spent my whole childhood wishing I were older, and now I’m spending my adulthood wishing I were younger.”

School Nostalgia Quotes

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“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” – Dr. Seuss

“Sometimes nostalgia is a cage.” – Andre Benjamin

“I’ve had about all I can take of them. If they wanna have a big nostalgia love fest, leave us the fuck at home, ya know?” – Nick Drnaso

“I’m, in general, a nostalgic person, but I don’t know if I’m nostalgic for the 80s!”

“I’m not into nostalgia, and I only look back to find lessons.” – Ian Schrager

“I’ll take a one-way ticket back to the ’90s, please.”

“Sometimes happy thoughts make you sad.” – Kayla Fayth

“Some men are born out of their due place. Accident has cast them amid certain surroundings, but they have always a nostalgia for a home they know not.” – W. Somerset Maugham

“Some days, I wish I could go back in life, not to change things, just to feel a few things twice.”

“Some days in late August at home are like this, the air thin and eager like this, with something in it sad and nostalgic and familiar…” – William Faulkner

“Sleep is a form of nostalgia. It evaluates you for the kind of longings you possess. And for the people in exile, it is the only place where home is not away, where the origin is not detached, where love is reciprocated and memory is not a mere object of refuge.” – Ashfaq Saraf

“She smiles nostalgically at the reflection of her eyes, ashamed of her unused beauty.” – Atticus

“Scents bring memories, and many memories bring nostalgic pleasure. We would be wise to plan for this when we plant a garden.” – Thalassa Cruso

“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 Breault

“It’s not regret for staying. It is nostalgia for something that we believe is true in our illusion, something we will never have. And if we touched it, we would soon realize that it was not what we dreamed of.” – Constantin Virgil Gheorghiu

“It’s never safe to be nostalgic about something until you’re absolutely certain there’s no chance of its coming back.” – Bill Vaughan

“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 Breault

“It’s amazing how lonely a place where you were once happy can become.” – Kathleen Tessaro

“It’s a strange grief.. to die of nostalgia for something you never lived.” – Alessandro Baricco

“It was nostalgic in that painful way nostalgia could be” – Kristen Ashley

“I’m not into nostalgia, and I only look back to find lessons.” – Ian Schrager

“If you’re hung up on nostalgia, pretend today is yesterday and just go out and have one hell of a time.” – Art Buchwald

“If they Brought you back the old cafes, who will bring you back the old friends?” – Mahmoud Darwich

“I’d trade all my tomorrows for one single yesterday.” – Kris Kristofferson

“I’ve often carried a crayon in my shirt pocket. When I need to go back in time, I put it under my nose and I take another hit.” – Randy Pausch

“I’d trade all my tomorrows for one single yesterday.” – Kris Kristofferson

“I wish there was a way to know you were in the good old days before you actually left them.” – Andy

“I went through a phase where I thought nostalgia was a bad thing.” – Dario Argento

“I think people need to come to terms with things leaving and being gone.” – Cole Sprouse

“From the classroom, through the rows, down the staircase, pass the swings, with memories to cherish throughout our life. Leaving this place must be a lie, with lots of laughs and little tears too, with lots of secrets and teasing’s too, with dreams in our mind and nostalgia in our heart. This place can never be forgotten which gave us the golden moments of our life…”

“From an evolutionary point of view, most emotions – fear, desire, anger – serve some practical purpose, but nostalgia is a useless, futile thing because it is a longing for something that is permanently lost…” – David Nicholls

“For you and I are past our dancing days.” – William Shakespeare

“For me, food is all about nostalgia.” – Zawe Ashton

“For me as a solo artist, I never want to be a nostalgia act.” – Bret Michaels

“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former things will not be remembered or come to mind.” – Isaiah

“Feeling nostalgic is cool but getting hit by nostalgia is fabulous!!”

“Feeling nostalgic about the days spent with best mates. I wish that their memories from my mind never fades, their friendship showed me lovely life shades, missing those faces who turned my bad days into great days.”

College Nostalgia Quotes

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“When to the sessions of sweet silent thought I summon up remembrance of things past, I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought.” – William Shakespeare

“When the word ‘nostalgia’ was coined in the 18th century, it was used to describe a pathology – not so much a sense of lost time, but a severe homesickness.” – Nicole Krauss

“When the real is no longer what it used to be, nostalgia assumes its full meaning.” – Jean Baudrillard

“When people talk about the good old days, I say to people, ‘It’s not the days that are old, it’s you that’s old.’ I hate the good old days. What is important is that today is good.” – Karl Lagerfeld

“What’s gone, and what’s past help, Should be past grief.” – William Shakespeare

“What’s past and what’s to come is strew’d with husks And formless ruin of oblivion.” – William Shakespeare

“What seems real one moment is fiction the next and gone out of existence the moment after that. Nostalgia is the greatest enemy of truth, and change our only constancy.” – David Budbill

“We were nostalgic for a time that wasn’t yet over.” – Nina LaCour

“We should have taken our chances back then, when we were young and beautiful and didn’t even know it.” – Lois McMaster Bujold

“We long to have again the vanished past, in spite of all its pain.” – Sophocles

“We grow up with dreams in our eyes and songs on our lips and we discover that life is not what we thought it would be. And then, we discover nostalgia.” – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“We are torn between nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known.” – Carson McCullers

“Nostalgia has become so much more popular because technology and climate change are visibly present. It’s easy to idolize the past, before those things were prevalent.” – Weyes Blood

“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

“Nostalgia embraces while watching our juniors living their college lives.”

“Nostalgia can be more painful than a surgeon’s knife.” – Anurag Shourie

“Nobody said it was easy, no one ever said it would be this hard. Oh take me back to the start!” – Chris Martin

“Nobody could understand the past except the people from it.” – Vera Jane Cook

“No sooner had the warm liquid mixed with the crumbs touched my palate than a shudder ran through me and I stopped, intent upon the extraordinary thing that was happening to me… And suddenly the memory revealed itself.” – Marcel Proust

“No nostalgia is felt as keenly as nostalgia for things that never existed.” – Rabih Alameddine

“My dream is for my show to be nostalgia act. So the key to it is how do we keep it fresh?” – Joan Baez

“I get emotional when young people get nostalgic about my work. That’s why it’s called nostalgia. Sometimes I even cry.” – Mithun Chakraborty

“I felt a pang—a strange and inexplicable pang that I had never felt before. It was homesickness.” – Alan Bradley

“I don’t play nostalgia acts. I don’t play nostalgia shows.” – David Cassidy

“I don’t have a photograph, but you can have my footprints. They’re upstairs in my socks.” – Groucho Marx

“I don’t do nostalgia. The phrase ‘the good old days’ never passes my lips.” – Nicholas Haslam

“I began a lifelong affair with nostalgia with only the vaguest notions of what I was nostalgic for.” – Lucy Grealy

“How sad and bad and mad it was – But then, how it was sweet…” – Robert Browning

“At that happy age when a man could be idle with impunity… and… a chronicle of the old times.” – ‘Rip Van Winkle’

“At our graduation we were bound by enormous affection, by our shared experience of a time that could never come again…” – J. K. Rowling

“As I’ve gotten older I’ve occasionally found myself nostalgic for earlier periods of solitude, though I realize that’s also likely a false nostalgia, as I know there was nothing I wanted more during those periods than to not be alone, whatever that means.” – Chris Ware

“And, I feel nostalgic sometimes, for the people who never belonged to me, for the places I’ve never been to!”

“A vacation is like love – anticipated with pleasure, experienced with discomfort, and remembered with nostalgia.” – Evan Esar

“A lot of people do that kind of nostalgia stuff believing that they were very happy in their teenage years, but that’s probably just an illusion.” – Jo Brand

Summer Nostalgia Quotes

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“To mourn a mischief that is past and gone Is the next way to draw new mischief on.” – William Shakespeare

“To get nostalgic about other people’s music, or even about your own, makes a terrible statement about the condition of your life and your prospects for the future.” – Neil Peart

“Times grew worse and worse with Rip Van Winkle as years of matrimony rolled on; a tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.” – ‘Rip Van Winkle’

“Time was passing like a hand waving from a train I wanted to be on. I hope you never have to think about anything as much as I think about you.” – Jonathan Safran Foer

“Those were the days my friend We thought they’d never end We’d sing and dance forever and a day.” – Mary Hopkins

“This was nostalgia in the literal Greek sense: the pain of not being able to return to one’s home and family.” – John Thorn

“This feeling is nostalgic yet so new. I’m in love, but this time it’s not you. I craved for this tickle in my belly, long before the butterflies flew. I’m feeling their renascence, fluttering in bliss, reliving the adrenaline rush in the blood, and raising the goosebumps from the skin. But phew, this time it’s not you.”

“Things past redress are now with me past care.” – William Shakespeare

“There’s too much rock that relies on… nostalgia for the old ways. That’s a real enemy to music.” – Matt Tong

“I remember the old Times Square from when I was younger, and there was a seedy thrill to it. Some of that is gone, which I have a little bit of nostalgia for.” – Janeane Garofalo

“I prefer the mystic clouds of nostalgia to the real thing, to be honest.” – Robert Wyatt

“I noticed in the late 1990s that my friends and I were already nostalgic for the 1980s, and by the turn of the century, VH1’s ‘I Love the ’80s’ gave all of us an accelerated nostalgia for our generation.” – Ernest Cline

“I love those random memories that make me smile no matter what is going on in my life right now.”

“I love the nostalgic myself. I hope we never lose some of the things of the past.” – Walt Disney

“I just really gravitate towards a nostalgia for a time when things were simpler. When beauty was more classical and glamorous.” – Emmy Rossum

“I joke that a person of color would never make a movie like ‘Midnight in Paris’. Nostalgia isn’t so enticing.” – Meshell Ndegeocello

“I have an unhealthy fixation with nostalgia.”

“Can you miss someone you haven’t seen for longer than you knew them? Maybe we rue the time, not the person.” – Hannah Rothschild

“But in that moment I understood what they say about nostalgia, that no matter if you’re thinking of something good or bad, it always leaves you a little emptier afterward.” – John Corey Whaley

“But here is the truth of nostalgia. We don’t feel it for who we were, but who we weren’t. We feel it for all the possibilities that were open to us but that we didn’t take.” – Welcome to Night Vale

“But every season is a kind of rich nostalgia. We give names – autumn and summer, winter, spring – as though to unfasten from the mind our moods and give them outward forms. We want the certain, solid thing.” – Elizabeth Jennings

“Being nostalgic is the most convenient drug a person with depressing present can have.”

“Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia.” – Mary Schmich

Love Nostalgia Quotes

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“There’s something about the sound of a train that’s very romantic and nostalgic and hopeful.” – Paul Simon

“There’s a certain nostalgia and romance in a place you left.” – David Guterson

“There was a time when time did not yet exist. … The rejection of birth is nothing but the nostalgia for this time before time.” – Emile M. Cioran

“There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves.” – Joe L. Wheeler

“There is no greater sorrow than to recall a happy time when miserable.” – Dante Alighieri

“There comes a time in your life when you have to choose to turn the page, write another book or simply close it.” – Shannon L. Alder

“There are no days more full than those we go back to.” – Colum McCann

“There are a few moments in your life when you are truly and completely happy, and you remember to give thanks. Even as it happens you are nostalgic for the moment, you are tucking it away in your scrapbook.” – David Benioff

“The very village was altered; it was larger and more populous… began to doubt whether both he and the world around him were not bewitched.” – ‘Rip Van Winkle’

“The times you lived through, the people you shared those times with — nothing brings it all to life like an old mixtape. It does a better job of storing up memories than actual brain tissue can do. Every mix tape tells a story. Put them together, and they can add up to the story of a life.” – Rob Sheffield

“The problem with relying on nostalgia for commentary is that people only remember the good things.” – Richie Benaud

“Romanticism implies nostalgia for damaged goods.” – Brad Mehldau

“Rip’s heart died away at hearing of these sad changes in his home and friends, and finding himself thus alone in the world.” – ‘Rip Van Winkle’

“Rip… marveled greatly what could be the object of carrying a keg of liquor up this wild mountain, yet… something strange… inspired awe.” – ‘Rip Van Winkle’

“Remember when I was young and so were you And time stood still and love was all we knew…” – Alan Jackson

“Real museums are places where Time is transformed into Space.” – Orhan Pamuk

“Philosophy is really nostalgia, the desire to be at home.” – Novalis

“People underestimate the power of nostalgia. Nostalgia is truly one of the greatest human weaknesses, second only to the neck.” – Dwight Schrute

“People seem to get nostalgic about a lot of things they weren’t so crazy about the first time around.”

“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” – Andre Gide

“One day, when I’m not longer spending my days running a sweet-stall, I may write a book about us all… It’ll be recollected in fire, and blood. My blood.” – John Osborne

“Once I left home, I finally understood how to define nostalgia.”

“Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” – 2 Corinthians

“Ok, fine maybe I’m just a little nostalgic ‘Cause the memories are flooding my mind.” – ARIZONA

“Oh heavens, how I long for a little ordinary human enthusiasm. Just enthusiasm — that’s all.” – John Osborne

“Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory.”

“Nostalgic memory is a sudden encounter with the thingness of the thing that has been forgotten, not the continuous desire for possessions, whether past, present, or future.” – Marjorie Garber

“I think I now understand why it is that the young are so very nostalgic. They have so little by way of personal history that they polish it up and make it shine like a treasured heirloom.” – Will Self

“I tend not to fathom the best times of my life until they are gone.” – Lidia Longorio

“I still felt fondness for her – fondness, that pleasant, detached mix of admiration and sentiment, appreciation and nostalgia.” – David Levithan

“I sometimes seem to myself to wander around the world merely accumulating material for future nostalgias.” – Vikram Seth

“I remember when I was a child… walking into the woods by myself and feeling the solitude around me build like electricity and pass through my body with a jolt that made my hair prickle.” – Marilynne Robinson

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