There is no greater sorrow than to recall a happy time in the midst of wretchedness.
Nostalgia keeps dissolving the ironic narratives in which I have contained my past.
I think that all human systems require continuous renewal. They rigidify. They get stiff in the joints. They forget what they cared about. The forces against it are nostalgia and the enormous appeal of having things the way they have always been, appeals to a supposedly happy past. But we've got to move on.
Things ain't what they used to be and probably never was.
Who wants to live with one foot in hell just for the sake of nostalgia? Our time is forever now!
If you're yearning for the good old days, just turn off the air conditioning.
An ideal museum show would be a mating of Brideshead Revisited with House & Garden. provoking intense and pleasurable nostalgia for a past that none of its audience has had.
Nostalgic memory is a sudden encounter with the thingness of the thing that has been forgotten, not the continuous desire for possessions, whether past, present, or future.
Philosophy is really nostalgia, the desire to be at home.
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.
Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.
Remembrance of things past.
They remember when their parents went out there, had picnics on the Beck's Mill grounds. It was the nostalgia of it.
A feeling of sadness and longing that is not akin to pain, and resembles sorrow only as the mist resembles the rain.
It becomes increasingly easy, as you get older, to drown in nostalgia.
Nostalgia is a seductive liar.
Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson: You find the present tense and the past perfect.
Remembrance restores possibility to the past, making what happened incomplete and completing what never was. Remembrance is neither what happened nor what did not happen but, rather, their potentialization, their becoming possible once again.
Nostalgia is inevitably a yearning for a past that never existed.
For us, the best time is always yesterday.
Sharp nostalgia, infinite and terrible, for what I already possess.
Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
People seem to get nostalgic about a lot of things they weren't so crazy about the first time around.
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