“True nostalgia is an ephemeral composition of disjointed memories.”
– Florence King.
“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.
“Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.”
– Albert Camus.
“The Greek word for “return” is nostos. Algos means “suffering.” So nostalgia is the suffering caused by an unappeased yearning to return.”
– Milan Kundera.
“Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity.”
– Robert Morgan.
“Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.”
– Marcel Proust.
“It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it; but the young know they are wretched for they are full of the truthless ideal which have been instilled into them, and each time they come in contact with the real, they are bruised and wounded. 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. They must discover for themselves that all they have read and all they have been told are lies, lies, lies; and each discovery is another nail driven into the body on the cross of life.”
– W. Somerset Maugham.
“Nostalgia is when you want things to stay the same. I know so many people staying in the same place.”
– Jeanne Moreau.
“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.
“The times you lived through, the people you shared those times with — nothing brings it all to life like an old mix tape. 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.
“I’d trade all my tomorrows for one single yesterday.”
– Kris Kristofferson.
“These fragments I have shored against my ruins.”
– T.S. Eliot.
“Our plans for the future made us laugh and feel close, but those same plans somehow made anything more than temporary between us seem impossible. It was the first time I’d ever had the feeling of missing someone I was still with.”
– Stuart Dybek.
“How quick and rushing life can sometimes seem, when at the same time it’s so slow and sweet and everlasting.”
– Graham Swift.
“I know what it feels like, and it sucks, it really does, when you are up in the middle of the night thinking about the things that you’ve suddenly became aware of. The things you’re missing out on right now, and all the people who are not close to you anymore, and all of the good times that will never happen again, and all the people who have meant the world to you who have forgotten about you forever, and you get this awful feeling that’s kind of like a mix between loneliness and nostalgia.”
– Abraham M. Alghanem.
“For an instant I think I saw. I saw the loneliness of man as a gigantic wave which had been frozen in front of me, held back by the invisible wall of a metaphor.”
– Carlos Castaneda.