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.
People seem to get nostalgic about a lot of things they weren't so crazy about the first time around.
It's never safe to be nostalgic about something until you're absolutely certain there's no chance of its coming back.
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.
Nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days.
Things ain't what they used to be and probably never was.
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, www.robertbrault.com
Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory.
~Franklin Pierce Adams
True nostalgia is an ephemeral composition of disjointed memories.
I don't like nostalgia unless it's mine.
Who wants to live with one foot in hell just for the sake of nostalgia? Our time is forever now!
Nostalgia for what we have lost is more bearable than nostalgia for what we have never had....
~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960