65 Best Nostalgia Quotes On Success In Life

These nostalgia quotes will inspire you. Nostalgia is pleasure and sadness that is caused by remembering something from the past and wishing that you could experience it again.

A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging nostalgia quotes, nostalgia sayings, and nostalgia proverbs.

Famous Nostalgia Quotes

  1. “Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.” ~ Albert Camus
  2. “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
  3. “Nostalgia, the vice of the aged. We watch so many old movies our memories come in monochrome.” ~ Angela Carter
  4. “We are homesick most for the places we have never known.” ~ Carson McCullers

  5. “Nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days.” ~ Doug Larson
  6. “Remembrance of things past.” ~ William Shakespeare
  7. “We seem to be going through a period of nostalgia, and everyone seems to think yesterday was better than today. I don’t think it was, and I would advise you not to wait ten years before admitting today was great. If you’re hung up on nostalgia, pretend today is yesterday and just go out and have one hell of a time.” ~ Art Buchwald
  8. “The ‘good old times’ – all times when old are good.” ~ Lord Byron

  9. “Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity.” ~ Robert Morgan
  10. “It becomes increasingly easy, as you get older, to drown in nostalgia.” ~ Ted Koppel
  11. “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
  12. “We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it.” ~ George Eliot

  13. “Nostalgia is not what it used to be.” ~ Simone Signoret
  14. “These fragments I have shored against my ruins” ~ T. S. Eliot
  15. “You can’t have a better tomorrow if
    you are thinking about yesterday all the time.” ~ Charles Kettering
  16. “If you’re hung up on nostalgia, pretend today is yesterday and just go out and have one hell of a time.” ~ Art Buchwald

  17. “A feeling of sadness and longing, That is not akin to pain, And resembles sorrow only As the mist resembles the rain.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  18. “Nostalgia is a seductive liar.” ~ George Ball
  19. “In the sunset of dissolution, everything is illuminated by the aura of nostalgia, even the guillotine.” ~ Milan Kundera
  20. “Imagination is nostalgia for the past, the absent it is the liquid solution in which art develops the snapshot of reality.” ~ Cyril Connolly

  21. “There’s a certain nostalgia and romance in a place you left.” ~ David Guterson
  22. “Have you ever wondered how nostalgia isn”t what it used to be?” ~ Jasper Fforde
  23. “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 , Nostalgia quotes about life
  24. “How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home.” ~ William Faulkner

  25. “The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealized past.” ~ Robertson Davies
  26. “Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia. (…) You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.” ~ John Green
  27. “Nostalgia doesn’t make sense, because it’s like bringing the memories back to be a special part of my day or to be part of my week. And I’m inside my memories the same way I’m inside my everyday life.” ~ Agnes Varda , Nostalgia quotes memories
  28. “Nostalgia, the vice of the aged.” ~ Angela Carter

  29. “When you are old and gray and full of sleep, and nodding by the fire, take down this book and slowly read, and dream of the soft look your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep.” ~ William Butler Yeats
  30. “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
  31. “I don’t have a photograph, but you can have my footprints. They’re upstairs in my socks.” ~ Groucho Marx
  32. “True nostalgia is an ephemeral composition of disjointed memories.” ~ Florence King

  33. “People have this obsession. They want you to be like you were in 1969. They want you to, because otherwise their youth goes with you. It’s very selfish, but it’s understandable.” ~ Mick Jagger
  34. “The saddest human experience is to view alone the scenes one has viewed through other eyes – to walk solitary where one has walked in company – to have its particular barbed shaft aimed at one from every stick and stone that mark familiar ways.” ~ Katherine Cecil Thurston
  35. “How is it possible to feel nostalgia for a world I never knew?” ~ Che Guevara
  36. “It isn’t necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice. There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia.” ~ Frank Zappa

  37. “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
  38. “Nostalgia combines regularly with manifest respectability to give credence to old error as opposed to new truth.” ~ John Kenneth Galbraith
  39. “Nostalgia keeps dissolving the ironic narratives in which I have contained my past.” ~ Mason Cooley
  40. “Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.” ~ Marcel Proust

  41. “Time has lost all meaning in that nightmare alley of the Western world known as the American mind. We wallow in nostalgia but manage to get it all wrong. True nostalgia is an ephemeral composition of disjointed memories… but American-style nostalgia is about as ephemeral as copyrighted d?j? vu.” ~ Florence King
  42. “To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it the more fit for its prime function of looking forward.” ~ Margaret Barber
  43. “But I’ve been turning over in my mind the question of nostalgia, and whether I suffer from it. I certainly don’t get soggy at the memory of some childhood knickknack; nor do I want to deceive myself sentimentally about something that wasn’t even true at the time—love of the old school, and so on. But if nostalgia means the powerful recollection of strong emotions—and a regret that such feelings are no longer present in our lives—then I plead guilty.” ~ Julian Barnes , Nostalgia quotes about childhood
  44. “Nostalgia is a powerful feeling; it can drown out anything.” ~ Terrence Malick

  45. “It’s not the days that are old, it’s you that’s old.” ~ Karl Lagerfeld
  46. “I don’t play nostalgia acts. I don’t play nostalgia shows.” ~ David Cassidy
  47. “Everything can be killed except nostalgia for the kingdom, we carry it in the color of our eyes, in every love affair, in everything that deeply torments and unties and tricks.” ~ Julio Cortazar
  48. “Those who weep for the happy periods which they encounter in history acknowledge what they want; not the alleviation but the silencing of misery.” ~ Albert Camus

  49. “Disneyland would be a world of Americans, past and present, seen through the eyes of my imagination–a place of warmth and nostalgia, of illusion and color and delight.” ~ Walt Disney
  50. “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
  51. “Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory.” ~ Franklin P. Adams
  52. “It shocks me how I wish for…what is lost and cannot come back.” ~ Sue Monk Kidd

  53. “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
  54. “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
  55. “There is a lovely warmness about feelings of nostalgia as though in one’s head one is putting on a pair of comfy old slippers and curling up in front of a fire.” ~ Bill Geist
  56. “I hate nostalgia, I want nothing to do with it.” ~ Marc Ribot

  57. “I’ve never returned to the locations. I do remember certain days more clearly than others and certain locations with a sense of nostalgia. Perhaps one day, I’ll bring my daughter to see them, if she’s interested.” ~ Madeleine Stowe
  58. “I wept as I remembered how often you and I had tired the sun with talking and sent him down the sky.” ~ Callimachus
  59. “Fashion is inspired by youth and nostalgia and draws inspiration from the best of the past.” ~ Lana Del Rey
  60. “Nostalgia is a dangerous emotion, both because it is powerless to act in the real world, and because it glides so easily into hatred and resentment against those who have taken our Eden from us.” ~ Carolyn Heilbrun
  61. “Nostalgia: A device that removes the ruts and potholes from memory lane.” ~ Doug Larson

  62. “Time has lost all meaning in that nightmare alley of the Western world known as the American mind.” ~ Florence King
  63. “I’m not the sort to wallow in nostalgia about the good old days.” ~ Kabir Bedi
  64. “I remember those days with Bergman with great nostalgia. We were aware that the films were going to be quite important, and the work felt meaningful.” ~ Max von Sydow
  65. “I went through a phase where I thought nostalgia was a bad thing.” ~ Dario Argento

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