Flashback Sayings and Quotes

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

You cannot make yourself have a flashback, nor will you have one unless you are emotionally ready to remember something. Once remembered, the memory can help you to face more of the truth. You can then express your pent-up feelings about the memory and continue on your path to recovery. Think of the flashback as a clue to the next piece of work. No matter how painful, try to view it as a positive indication that you are now ready and willing to remember.     

Beverly Engel

The inability to get something out of your head is a signal that shouts, “Don’t forget to deal with this!” As long as you experience fear or pain with a memory or flashback, there is a lie attached that needs to be confronted. In each healing step, there is a truth to be gathered and a lie to discard.     

Christina Enevoldsen

The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Memory is more indelible than ink.     

Anita Loos

By having good memories on every place you just visit, you are building paradise in your own heart and your life.     

Toba Beta

We do not know the true value of our moments until they have undergone the test of memory.     

Georges Duhamel

Memory is the mother of all wisdom.     


The brief flashbacks are sun-kissed, summery and optimistic. It's the only place in the movie you will see red, yellow, orange, or any vibrant colors.     

Steven Soderbergh

Flashback in film rarely works.     

Susan Hill

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

Milan Kundera

Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.     

Marcel Proust

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

Vladimir Nabokov

God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.     

James M. Barrie

The price of a memory, is the memory of the sorrow it brings.     

Pittacus Lore

Every man's memory is his private literature.     

Aldous Huxley

Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.     

William Faulkner

Memory is the happiness of being alone.     

Lois Lowry

Memory's truth, because memory has its own special kind. It selects, eliminates, alters, exaggerates, minimizes, glorifies, and vilifies also; but in the end it creates its own reality, its heterogeneous but usually coherent version of events; and no sane human being ever trusts someone else's version more than his own.     

Salman Rushdie

Memory was supposed to fill the time, but it made time a hole to be filled.     

Jonathan Safran Foer

Memory is the space in which a thing happens for a second time.     

Paul Auster

Memory is like plaster: peel it back and you just might find a completely different picture.     

Jodi Picoult

Memory loss is one way of coping with damage.     

Jeanette Winterson

Memories aren't stored in the heart or the head or even the soul, if you ask me, but in the spaces between any given two people.     

Jodi Picoult

Excellent memories are often coupled with feeble judgments.     

Michel de Montaigne

Life isn't a matter of milestones, but of moments.     

Rose Kennedy

Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.     

Haruki Murakimi

It's surprising how much memory is built around things unnoticed at the time.     

Barbara Kingsolver

The work of memory collapses time.     

Walter Benjamin

Memory is imagination in reverse.     

Stephen Evans