100 Best Ever Nostalgia Quotes To Go Back In Time

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Nostalgia is all about longing for the past, particularly 'bygone times' or a 'warm youth'.

Nostalgia recollects old memories in a rosy, positive light. It's a wistful or starry-eyed feeling that makes us think back on and remember old occasions.

Most nostalgic moments are evoked by different sensations such as smell, sight, or sound. Music and different smells are two particularly strong triggers of sentimentality.

For more nostalgic quotes, check out these childhood quotes and Throwback Thursday quotes too!

Famous Quotes About Nostalgia

Nostalgia quotes take you to places you've already been.

Here are some of the best nostalgic quotes.

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

- Doug Larson.

2. “True nostalgia is an ephemeral composition of disjointed memories.”

- Florence King.

3. “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.

4. “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.

5. “You can embrace nostalgia and history and tradition at the same time - it has to progress or it can't survive.”

- Sturgill Simpson.

6. “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.

7. “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.

8. “Nostalgia, the vice of the aged.”

- Angela Carter.

9. “I went through a phase where I thought nostalgia was a bad thing.”

- Dario Argento.

10. “There's a certain nostalgia and romance in a place you left.”

- David Guterson.

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

- David Levithan.

12. “I'm not into nostalgia, and I only look back to find lessons.”

- Ian Schrager.

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

- Doug Larson.

14. “Ok, fine maybe I'm just a little nostalgic

'Cause the memories are flooding my mind.”

- ARIZONA, 'Nostalgic'.

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

- Amy Bloom.

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

- Ally Condie.

17. “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.

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

- Albert Camus.

19. “How sad and bad and mad it was -

But then, how it was sweet...”

- Robert Browning.

The Best Nostalgia Quotes And Sayings

Here are some popular nostalgia quotes and sayings, including remembering the past quotes, nostalgic quotes, summer nostalgia quotes, the good old days quotes, and more sayings about the past to help you be in tune with the present as well remember the past fondly.

20. “I'd trade all my tomorrows for one single yesterday.”

- Kris Kristofferson.

21. “There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves.”

- Joe L. Wheeler.

22.“Real museums are places where Time is transformed into Space.”

- Orhan Pamuk.

23. “Cash is going to be killed. It will be nostalgia.”

- Tyler Winklevoss.

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

- Vikram Seth

25. “We should have taken our chances back then, when we were young and beautiful and didn't even know it.”

- Lois McMaster Bujold.

26. “Each night I lie down in a graveyard of memories.”

- Jerry Spinelli.

27. “There are no days more full than those we go back to.”

- Colum McCann.

28. “Nostalgia is the only friend that stays with you forever.”

- Damien Echols.

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

- Dante Alighieri.

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. “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.

32. “You can't return to a place that no longer exists, luv.”

- Samantha Sotto.

33. “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.”

- W. Somerset Maugham

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

- Robert Wyatt.

35. “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.

36. “Nostalgia is a very human trait.”

- Stephanie Coontz.

37. “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.

38. “For me, food is all about nostalgia.”

- Zawe Ashton.

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

- Thalassa Cruso.

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

- John Thorn.

41. "Oh heavens, how I long for a little ordinary human enthusiasm. Just enthusiasm -- that's all."

- John Osborne, 'Look Back In Anger'.

42. "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, 'Look Back In Anger'.

43. "You want a timeless song, I wanna change the game...

... You wanna turn it up loud, future nostalgia is the name."

- Dua Lipa, 'Future Nostalgia'.

'Rip Van Winkle' Nostalgia Quotes

We’ve got you covered with some 'Rip Van Winkle' quotes about nostalgia by Washington Irving.

44. "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'.

45. “At that happy age when a man could be idle with impunity... and... a chronicle of the old times.

- 'Rip Van Winkle'.

46. “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'.

47. “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'.

48. “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'.

49. “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'.

Inspirational Nostalgia Quotes

Here are some inspirational nostalgic quotes for you.

50.“ 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

51. "You can suffer nostalgia in the presence of the beloved if you glimpse a future where the beloved is no more.”

- Milan Kundera.

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

- Milan Kundera.

53. “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.

54. “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.

55. "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, 'In Remembrance Of Lost Time'.  

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

- Jean Baudrillard.

57. “... and nostalgia swept through Jimmy like a sudden hunger.”

- Margaret Atwood.

58. “The 'good old times' - all times when old are good.”

- Lord Byron.

59. “You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth.”

- John Green.

Nostalgia Quotes By William Shakespeare

Here are a few nostalgia quotes from the different plays of William Shakespeare, including some funny nostalgia quotes and even some feeling nostalgia quotes to bring on the feelings.

60. “Remembrance of things past.”

- William Shakespeare, ‘Sonnet 30’.

61. “Jesu, Jesu, the mad days that I have spent!

And to see how many of my old acquaintance are dead!”

- William Shakespeare, 'Romeo And Juliet'.

62. “For you and I are past our dancing days.”

- William Shakespeare, 'Romeo And Juliet'.

63. “What's gone, and what's past help, Should be past grief.”

- William Shakespeare, ‘The Winter's Tale'.

64. “Enjoy'd no sooner but despised straight, Past reason hunted, and no sooner had Past reason hated.”

- William Shakespeare, ‘Sonnet 129’.

65. “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, ‘Sonnet 30’.

66. “When remedies are past, the griefs are ended

By seeing the worst, which late on hopes depended.”

- William Shakespeare, ‘Othello’.

67. “What's past and what's to come is strew'd with husks

And formless ruin of oblivion.”

- William Shakespeare, ‘Troilus And Cressida’.

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

- William Shakespeare, ‘Othello’.

69. “Things past redress are now with me past care.”

- William Shakespeare, ‘Richard II’.

Bible Quotes On Nostalgia

Nostalgia quotes in the Bible are insightful.

Here are a few nostalgia-related verses from the Bible.

70. “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth;

And the former things will not be remembered or come to mind.”

- Isaiah, 65:17

71. “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, 7:1.

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

- 1 Corinthians, 3:16.

73."Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

- 2 Corinthians, 5:17

Nostalgia Criticism Quotes

Here are some criticism-related nostalgia quotes. Feeling nostalgic quotes can be controversial so here are some nostalgia critic quotes to show the other side of nostaligia. These nostalgia quotes from a different perspective will show the damage that too much painful nostalgia can cause.

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

- Olga Kurylenko.

75. “Nostalgia is inevitably a yearning for a past that never existed…”

- John Green.

76. “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.

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

- George Eliot.

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

- Bill Vaughan.

79. “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.

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

- Chris Martin.

81. “Who wants to live with one foot in hell just for the sake of nostalgia...”

- Alice Childress.

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

- Art Buchwald.

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

- Andre Gide.

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

- Emmy Rossum.

85. “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

86. “There's too much rock that relies on... nostalgia for the old ways. That's a real enemy to music.”

- Matt Tong.

87. “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.

88. “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.

89. “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.

"Remember When"Nostalgia Quotes

Here are some exciting nostalgia quotes that can bring in bouts of nostalgia and will get you saying those nostalgic words: "Remember when..."!

90. “Certain scents can evoke so much feeling, nostalgia, and trigger beautiful memories.”

- Kat Von D.

91. “Remember when I was young and so were you

And time stood still and love was all we knew...”

- Alan Jackson, 'Remember When'.

92. “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.

93. “Nostalgia paints a smile on the stony face of the past.”

- Mason Cooley.

94. “Nostalgia is an illness for those who haven't realized that today is tomorrow's nostalgia.”

- Zeena Schreck.

95. “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.

96. “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.

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

- Elie Wiesel.

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

- David Levithan.

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

- Unknown.*

100. "Those were the days my friend

We thought they'd never end

We'd sing and dance forever and a day"

- Mary Hopkins, 'Those Were The Days'.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for nostalgia quotes then why not take a look at these past quotes or [remember quotes] too?

*Do you know where this quote originated? Please email us to let us know at hello@kidadl.com.

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