Nostalgia Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old nostalgia quotes, nostalgia sayings, and nostalgia proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The only real security in a relationship lies neither in looking back in nostalgia, nor forward in dread or anticipation, but living in the present relationship and accepting it as it is now.     

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

True nostalgia is an ephemeral composition of disjointed memories.

Florence King

Nostalgia in reverse, the longing for yet another strange land, grew especially strong in spring.

Vladimir Nabokov

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

Nostalgia is a process by which dreams become memories without ever coming true.

Robert Brault

Nostalgia paints a smile on the stony face of the past.

Mason Cooley

Nostalgia is a necessary thing, I believe, and a way for all of us to find peace in that which we have accomplished, or even failed to accomplish. 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 something we think of as fuzzy. But it's pain. Pain concerning the past.     

Peter Carey

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

It was nostalgic in that painful way nostalgia could be.     

Kristen Ashley

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

Doug Larson

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

Albert Camus

Nostalgia is one of the legitimate and certainly one of the most enduring of human emotions; but the politics of nostalgia is at best distracting, at worst pernicious.     

Irving Kristol

Nostalgia is a product of dissatisfaction and rage. It´s a settling of grievances between the present and the past.     

Don DeLillo

You can't have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.

Charles Kettering

For me, nostalgia is an involuntary emotion. I think it’s just a natural human response to loss.     

Michael Chabon

Nostalgia, more than anything, gives us the shudder of our own imperfection. This is why with Chopin we feel so little like gods.     

Emil Cioran

Nostalgia is a way of remembering people and places and things, and wishing things hadn't changed. It has a sweetness to it. Sadness is just well being sad.     

Linda Lael Miller

Nostalgia is when you want things to stay the same. I know so many people staying in the same place.

Jeanne Moreau

People look back on those days through a thick veil of nostalgia, but life was hard if you were anything other than a rich, powerful white male.     

Jon Hamm

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

Ally Condie

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

Nostalgia is a form of depression both for a society and an individual.     

Abbie Hoffman

The whole nostalgia thing, and just sticking with what you always liked and what you know and not taking a chance on something or expanding. I think especially after a certain age.     

Paul Weller

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, Jr

Nostalgia keeps dissolving the ironic narratives in which I have contained my past.     

Mason Cooley

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

John Thorn

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 locates desire in the past where it suffers no active conflict and can be yearned toward pleasantly.     

Robert Hass

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

Amy Bloom