Top 104 Nostalgia Quotes

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

― Albert Camus

“From about 5 years old on, I was very contemplative and started to become constantly filled with nostalgia for the present moment and the feeling that it’s always fleeting.”

― Alex Ebert

“In ‘Bombay-London-New York,’ I speak of the ways in which the ‘soft’ emotion of nostalgia is turned into the ‘hard’ emotion of fundamentalism.”

― Amitava Kumar

“In the poetry of immigrants, nostalgia is as common as confetti at parades or platitudes at political conventions.”

― Amitava Kumar

“Of course, you wouldn’t want to re-create the era of aristocracy; it was a totally unfair era. The finer aspects of it were admirable, and so there’s nostalgia for that: the behavior, the values, the cultural sensitivities.”

― Amor Towles

“I don’t have a great nostalgia for the past.”

― Andy Summers

“Nostalgia, the vice of the aged. We watch so many old movies our memories come in monochrome.”

― Angela Carter

“Soon, nostalgia will be another name for Europe.”

― Angela Carter

“Trump, despite his shallow depth of biblical knowledge, plays into both the apocalyptic end-time fears of evangelicals and their nostalgia for a ‘small town’ America.”

― Anthea Butler

“I’m not interested in nostalgia; I’m interested in who I am.”

― Ariel Pink

“’Make America great again,’ is not that different from Putin’s nostalgia for the Soviet Union or tsarist Russia.”

― Ben Rhodes

“Many of my cartoons are not a belly laugh. I go for nostalgia, the lump in the throat, the tear in the eye, the tug in the heart.”

― Bil Keane

“For me as a solo artist, I never want to be a nostalgia act.”

― Bret Michaels

“I’ve defended the Clintons longer than I’ve been a liberal, but I don’t have any nostalgia for that.”

― Cenk Uygur

“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

“There’s no way to be a 30-year-old band, go on tour, and pretend the nostalgia isn’t happening.”

― Chris Cornell

“When I say I hate nostalgia, I hate things set in the recent past where everything is shiny and new.”

― Chris O’Dowd

“I don’t want to be a slave to nostalgia.”

― Cullen Bunn

“Hollywood is in love with any kind of nostalgia that can prove itself to be commercial.”

― Dan Aykroyd

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

― Dario Argento

“I don’t play nostalgia acts. I don’t play nostalgia shows.”

― David Cassidy

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

― David Guterson

“Straightforward fiction functions only as more Bubble Wrap, nostalgia, retreat.”

― David Shields

“When you look at our Godzilla, you won’t feel any nostalgia.”

― Dean Devlin

“I think I would have been a totally different kind of writer if I’d gone to England. I might have developed a cynicism about my origins, a belittling of them, or an excessive nostalgia for them.”

― Derek Walcott

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

― Doug Larson

“The Portuguese and Galician term ‘saudade’ suggests a profoundly bittersweet nostalgia.”

― Edward Hirsch

“A lot of designers still have nostalgia for the past. As for the furniture in the future, I hope they use less of real wood. Conservation in wood is necessary.”

― Elsa Peretti

“I noticed in the late 1990s that my friends and I were already nostalgic for the 1980s, and by the turn of the century, VH1’s ‘I Love the ’80s’ gave all of us an accelerated nostalgia for our generation.”

― Ernest Cline

“I find it always pleasurable talking with young people, particularly those aspiring to be writers, out of nostalgia, and because I’ve always felt that we oldies can learn so much from them and draw from them inspiration in our flagging and rickety years.”

― F. Sionil Jose

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

― Florence King

“I have no sense of nostalgia. Tomorrow is what interests me.”

― Francois Pinault

“’Occupy’ is nothing but a pack of louts, thieves, and rapists, an unruly mob, fed by Woodstock-era nostalgia and putrid false righteousness. These clowns can do nothing but harm America.”

― Frank Miller

“It isn’t necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice. There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia.”

― Frank Zappa

“The main actors on the world stage are the size of continents, be they nation states or voluntary groupings of nation states such as the E.U. Nostalgia can help us ignore these harsh realities for a while, but it will not make them go away.”

― Frans Timmermans

“If you’ve been massive and it’s all slid away, you tend to get written off. It’s quite difficult to overcome that, which is why I’ve got this problem with nostalgia.”

― Gary Numan

“Really, each era has its own false nostalgia. We all put a picket fence up around something. For my generation it was the ’50s, and for other generations it will be something else. Change is scary for everyone, as is complexity, contradiction, and an uncertain future.”

― Gary Ross

“Nostalgia is a seductive liar.”

― George Ball

“You don’t run for the presidency out of nostalgia.”

― George McGovern

“Nostalgia is, ‘Hey, remember the other mall that used to be there?’”

― George Saunders

“When you’re a young person, the solace one can get from popular music is something I just have tremendous nostalgia for, affection for. I still have it.”

― Greg Mottola

“I don’t do nostalgia. It just doesn’t occur to me. I’m living in the moment, and I don’t have that gene.”

― Harrison Ford

“Nostalgic myself, I am a sucker for other men’s nostalgia.”

― Howard Jacobson

“Homesickness is universal. But Neapolitan homesickness goes back further than the accidents of domicile. It is nostalgia for love and loss themselves, a soul-sickness caused by the very idea of leaving.”

― Howard Jacobson

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

― Ian Schrager

“Nostalgia often leads to idle speculation.”

― J. Paul Getty

“Since the attack on the United States on September 11 2001, and the US retaliation in Afghanistan and Iraq, there must be few people who have not felt a twinge of nostalgia for the cold war.”

― James Buchan

“I decided to make pictures of fragments, images that would spill off the canvas instead of recede into it like a medicine cabinet. I wanted to find images that were in a ‘nether-nether-land’: things that were a little out of style but hadn’t reached the point of nostalgia.”

― James Rosenquist

“Everyone is entitled to his own nostalgia.”

― James Wolcott

“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

“I am a woman with absolutely no sense of nostalgia.”

― Jeanne Moreau

“There’s so much nostalgia for music from the past.”

― Jens Lekman

“I knew I wanted to do a show on NBC – it’s rooted in its history; it’s part rooted in nostalgia and part rooted in the potential of it. For me, there was no other choice.”

― Jerrod Carmichael

“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

“My dread is for my show to be a nostalgia act. So the key to it is how do we keep it fresh?”

― Joan Baez

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

― John Thorn

“I’m sick of ’60s nostalgia. I’ve been to clubs in New York where it’s just like the Fillmore East. And I thought I hated that then.”

― John Waters

“Sharp nostalgia, infinite and terrible, for what I already possess.”

― Juan Ramon Jimenez

“Why have we had to invent Eden, to live submerged in the nostalgia of a lost paradise, to make up utopias, propose a future for ourselves?”

― Julio Cortazar

“Everything can be killed except nostalgia for the kingdom, we carry it in the color of our eyes, in every love affair, in everything that deeply torments and unties and tricks.”

― Julio Cortazar

“I’m not the sort to wallow in nostalgia about the good old days.”

― Kabir Bedi

“I took home the pattapatti underwear that I wore in ‘Paruthiveeran’ for nostalgia’s sake.”

― Karthi

“’Losing My Edge’ was an anthem for the aging music nerd, with lyrics detailing a comically epic list of historical dates, bands and attended gigs: the anti-hipster’s defence against ‘the art-school Brooklynites in little jackets and borrowed nostalgia for the unremembered Eighties.’”

― Katie Kitamura

“I think – I don’t know, maybe it’s nostalgia. But the choice, losing the choice to be able to use film is going to be – it’s gone. It’s going to be gone.”

― Keanu Reeves

“I’m pretty deep into ’80s nostalgia, specifically children’s entertainment, so a lot of California Raisins, Garfield, Alf – that’s kind of a lot of the clothes I have and cherish the most.”

― Kyle Mooney

“I love nostalgia.”

― Lauv

“Trump promised an ‘America First’ foreign policy rooted in the national interest, not in nostalgia.”

― Lawrence Kudlow

“I don’t like nostalgia unless it’s mine.”

― Lou Reed

“I hate nostalgia, I want nothing to do with it.”

― Marc Ribot

“I’m terribly nostalgic, but I’m with the Elizabethans who thought nostalgia was a disease. It’s a dangerous place to be because you can get caught up in it.”

― Mark Gatiss

“I joke that a person of color would never make a movie like ‘Midnight in Paris.’ Nostalgia isn’t so enticing.”

― Meshell Ndegeocello

“I look back on my schooldays with a warm glow of nostalgia.”

― Michael Portillo

“You don’t want to lose the nostalgia of being a superstar.”

― Mickie James

“Nostalgia is a very complicated subject for me. I’m attracted by nostalgia but I refuse it intellectually.”

― Miuccia Prada

“We recognise that, with time, every human being will cease being, will only have been. And so we seek to resist time. We rebel against it. We are drawn like lovers to the unreachable past, to imagined memories, to nostalgia.”

― Mohsin Hamid

“I still play my old vinyl LPs – I like the scratches – and I miss browsing in record shops, because they held great nostalgia for me.”

― Neil Sedaka

“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

“I think jazz is actually quite unforgiving in its disdain for nostalgia. It demands creativity and change at its highest level.”

― Pat Metheny

“I always make a distinction between nostalgia and sentimentality. Nostalgia is genuine – you mourn things that actually happened.”

― Pete Hamill

“The most powerful force in American politics is not anger, it’s nostalgia.”

― Pete Hamill

“Nostalgia is something we think of as fuzzy. But it’s pain. Pain concerning the past.”

― Peter Carey

“Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.”

― Peter De Vries

“What’s most exciting about the ‘Cobra Kai’ series is that it pays homage to the legacy; it has the nostalgia sprinkled throughout, the callbacks to all the stuff the fans would want to see. It has a completely fresh, relevant angle into the next generation.”

― Ralph Macchio

“Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity.”

― Robert Morgan

“The scenic ideals that surround even our national parks are carriers of a nostalgia for heavenly bliss and eternal calmness.”

― Robert Smithson

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

― Robert Wyatt

“Most childhoods are full of anxiety, but that tends to get smoothed over, so you have a sense of nostalgia.”

― Romesh Gunesekera

“Nostalgia for dead tyrants and the longing for heroes are unhealthy, and they can result in the deification of a Saddam as easily as a Havel or Mandela.”

― Rory Stewart

“Periods of nostalgia are impossible to predict or explain.”

― Russell Smith

“Some people, with a certain nostalgia, the worshippers and admirers of the colonial system, cherish and nurse its structures instead of smashing them. This is typical of a mentality in bondage to decadent values, negative values – counter-revolutionary values.”

― Samora Machel

“Nostalgia is always doomed and dooming.”

― Sherman Alexie

“Nostalgia is not what it used to be.”

― Simone Signoret

“As a historian, I’ve spent much of my career warning people about the dangers of nostalgia.”

― Stephanie Coontz

“Nostalgia is a very human trait.”

― Stephanie Coontz

“I never wanted us to be an exercise in nostalgia, living in the shadow of other artists.”

― Steven Wilson

“Nostalgia is a powerful feeling; it can drown out anything.”

― Terrence Malick

“Today, nostalgia is almost as unacceptable as racism.”

― Terry Eagleton

“Unlike his predecessors, Obama is not big on ‘Masterpiece Theatre’ nostalgia.”

― Tina Brown

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

― Tyler Winklevoss

“I don’t think nostalgia has to be negative.”

― Van Morrison

“I have a preference for film just because of the familiarity. It’s what I know, and I sort of have nostalgia for it.”

― Vince Vaughn

“Escapism or nostalgia, for me, is not about having a terrible life and trying to get away via imaginary ideas or something.”

― Washed Out

“In some ways, I feel like I’ve always dabbled in nostalgia. It’s just what I do; it comes naturally.”

― Washed Out

“I don’t think nostalgia is a healthy modality. But nostalgia and a sense of history are not the same thing. Nostalgia is a dysfunction of the historical impulse, or a corruption of the historical impulse.”

― William Gibson
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