190 Best Nostalgia Quotes To Remember The Good Old Days

Looking for inspirational quotes about nostalgia? We have rounded up the best collection of nostalgia quotes, sayings, captions, status, (with images and pictures) to inspire you to be in sync with the present as well as remember your childhood times fondly.

Nostalgia is recollecting old memories in a positive way. It’s a sentimental longing or wistful affection from the past. Most nostalgic moments are being sentimental about old times and moments which make you cherish old memories.

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We all become emotional when we miss the bygone times which may be sweet memories of your childhood, your roots, happy days of your youth in school, or college, or the wonderful time spent with family, friends and loved ones.

These happy quotes about nostalgia have been divided in these sections;

  • Nostalgia Quotes
  • Quotes About Getting Nostalgic

If you like these quotes, then do check out our post on old memories quotes and go back in time quotes

Nostalgia Quotes And Sayings

  1. “Memories stay forever; people don’t…”

  2. “I have an unhealthy fixation with nostalgia.”


  3. “Nostalgia, the vice of the aged.” – Angela Carter


  4. “Nostalgia is a seductive liar.” – George Wildman


  5. “I don’t like nostalgia unless it’s mine.” – Lou Reed


  6. “Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.” – Peter De Vries


  7. “For me, food is all about nostalgia.” – Zawe Ashton


  8. “Nostalgia is a very human trait.” – Stephanie Coontz


  9. “Nostalgia is a beautiful lie dressed up in sepia.” – Atticus


  10. “Sometimes happy thoughts make you sad.” – Kayla Fayth                                                 

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    nostalgia hit me hard quotes

  11. “Everyone is entitled to his own nostalgia.” – James Wolcott


  12. “Once I left home, I finally understood how to define nostalgia.”                                             

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    nostalgic quotes about life

  13. “You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth.” – John Green


  14. “Nostalgia is the saddest form of glee.” – Antonio Ruiz-Camacho


  15. “It is both a blessing and a curse to feel everything so very deeply.”


  16. “The ‘good old times’ – all times when old are good.” – Lord Byron


  17. “Cash is going to be killed. It will be nostalgia.” – Tyler Winklevoss


  18. “Soon, nostalgia will be another name for Europe.” – Angela Carter


  19. “Remembrance of things past.” – William Shakespeare, ‘Sonnet 30’


  20. “Each night I lie down in a graveyard of memories.” – Jerry Spinelli


  21. “The memories: they are the reality.” – Stephen King, Mr. Mercedes


  22. “Nostalgia paints a smile on the stony face of the past.” – Mason Cooley


  23. “You don’t run for the presidency out of nostalgia.” – George McGovern


  24. “Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory.”


  25. “You can’t return to a place that no longer exists, luv.” – Samantha Sotto


  26. “Today, nostalgia is almost as unacceptable as racism.” – Terry Eagleton


  27. “Nostalgia embraces while watching our juniors living their college lives.”


  28. “Nostalgia is a dirty liar that insists things were better than they seemed.”


  29. “There are no days more full than those we go back to.” – Colum McCann


  30. “Nostalgia can be more painful than a surgeon’s knife.” – Anurag Shourie


  31. “I’d trade all my tomorrows for one single yesterday.” – Kris Kristofferson


  32. “Nostalgia is the only friend that stays with you forever.” – Damien Echols                         

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    Nostalgic memories quotes

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


  34. “Nostalgia: a bittersweet longing for things, persons, or situations of the past.”


  35. “Nostalgia is a powerful feeling; it can drown out anything.” – Terrence Malick


  36. “There’s a certain nostalgia and romance in a place you left.” – David Guterson


  37. “Nostalgia is inevitably a yearning for a past that never existed…” – John Green


  38. “I’m, in general, a nostalgic person, but I don’t know if I’m nostalgic for the 80s!”


  39. “Nostalgia is, by definition, the least authentic of all feelings.” – Enrique de Heriz


  40. “… and nostalgia swept through Jimmy like a sudden hunger.” – Margaret Atwood


  41. “Real museums are places where Time is transformed into Space.” – Orhan Pamuk


  42. “Nostalgia is being blind to the bad and only remembering the good.” – Jarod Kintz                                                                                                                                                       

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    nostalgia quotes images

  43. “It becomes increasingly easy, as you get older, to drown in nostalgia.” – Ted Koppel


  44. “Nostalgia: The place I come back to see, just in case you come back looking for me.”                                                                                                                                               

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    Happy nostalgia quotes

  45. “I went through a phase where I thought nostalgia was a bad thing.” – Dario Argento


  46. “Things past redress are now with me past care.” – William Shakespeare, ‘Richard II’


  47. “How sad and bad and mad it was – But then, how it was sweet…” – Robert Browning


  48. “For you and I are past our dancing days.” – William Shakespeare, ‘Romeo And Juliet’


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


  50. “True nostalgia is an ephemeral composition of disjointed memories.” – Florence King


  51. “The only way to fight nostalgia is to listen to somebody else’s nostalgia.” – Pete Hamill


  52. “Who wants to live with one foot in hell just for the sake of nostalgia…” – Alice Childress


  53. “Nostalgia is, “Hey, remember the other mall that used to be there?”” – George Saunders


  54. “I think people need to come to terms with things leaving and being gone.” – Cole Sprouse


  55. “There is no greater sorrow than to recall a happy time when miserable.” – Dante Alighieri


  56. “Nostalgia: A device that removes the ruts and potholes from memory lane.” – Doug Larson


  57. “It’s a strange grief.. to die of nostalgia for something you never lived.” – Alessandro Baricco


  58. “Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity.” – Robert Morgan


  59. “No nostalgia is felt as keenly as nostalgia for things that never existed.” – Rabih Alameddine


  60. “It’s amazing how lonely a place where you were once happy can become.” – Kathleen Tessaro


  61. “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” – Dr. Seuss


  62. “It is strange how we hold on to the pieces of the past while we wait for our futures.” – Ally Condie


  63. “Certain scents can evoke so much feeling, nostalgia, and trigger beautiful memories.” – Kat Von D


  64. “Nobody could understand the past except the people from it.” – Vera Jane Cook, Lies a River Deep


  65. “Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” – 2 Corinthians, 5:17 (Bible Verse)


  66. “People seem to get nostalgic about a lot of things they weren’t so crazy about the first time around.”


  67. “What’s gone, and what’s past help, Should be past grief.” – William Shakespeare, ‘The Winter’s Tale’


  68. “The past is a candle at great distance: too close to let you quit, too far to comfort you.” – Amy Bloom


  69. “My dream is for my show to be nostalgia act. So the key to it is how do we keep it fresh?” – Joan Baez


  70. “When the real is no longer what it used to be, nostalgia assumes its full meaning.” – Jean Baudrillard


  71. “Nostalgia: a sentimental or wistful yearning for the happiness felt in a former place, time, or situation.”


  72. “Nostalgia is an illness for those who haven’t realized that today is tomorrow’s nostalgia.” – Zeena Schreck


  73. “Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson: you find the present tense, but the past perfect!” – Owens Lee Pomeroy


  74. “Fashion is inspired by youth and nostalgia and draws inspiration from the past of the past.” – Lana Del Rey


  75. “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different?” – C.S. Lewis


  76. “There’s too much rock that relies on… nostalgia for the old ways. That’s a real enemy to music.” – Matt Tong


  77. “Nobody said it was easy, no one ever said it would be this hard. Oh take me back to the start!” – Chris Martin


  78. “Ok, fine maybe I’m just a little nostalgic ‘Cause the memories are flooding my mind.” – ARIZONA, ‘Nostalgic’


  79. “One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” – Andre Gide


  80. “Nostalgia is simply the result of ageing and liking the life you’ve lived. Be happy you can feel it. It’s a good sign.”


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


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


  83. “I wish there was a way to know you were in the good old days before you actually left them.” – Andy, The Office


  84. “The deeper the nostalgia and the more complete the fear, the purer, the richer the word and the secret.” – Elie Wiesel


  85. “At that happy age when a man could be idle with impunity… and… a chronicle of the old times.” – ‘Rip Van Winkle’


  86. “I don’t think I’d have been in such a hurry to reach adulthood if I’d known the whole thing was going to be ad-libbed.”


  87. “To mourn a mischief that is past and gone Is the next way to draw new mischief on.” – William Shakespeare, ‘Othello’


  88. “Nostalgia in reverse, the longing for yet another strange land, grew especially strong in spring.” – Vladimir Nabokov


  89. “There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves.” – Joe L. Wheeler


  90. “I spent my whole childhood wishing I were older, and now I’m spending my adulthood wishing I were younger.”


  91. “If you’re hung up on nostalgia, pretend today is yesterday and just go out and have one hell of a time.” – Art Buchwald


  92. “Music evokes so many feelings in us, memories, nostalgia, things that are connected to our past.” – Olga Kurylenko


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


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


  95. “The problem with relying on nostalgia for commentary is that people only remember the good things.” – Richie Benaud


  96. “Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia.” – Mary Schmich


  97. “You can embrace nostalgia and history and tradition at the same time – it has to progress or it can’t survive.” – Sturgill Simpson


  98. “You can suffer nostalgia in the presence of the beloved if you glimpse a future where the beloved is no more.” – Milan Kundera


  99. “We all know the sound a camera makes when it snaps a picture. Even some of the digitals do it for nostalgia’s sake.” – Jay Asher


  100. “Nostalgia is simply the result of aging and liking the life you’ve lived. Be happy you can feel it it’s a good sign.” – Anthony Marais


  101. “Nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days.” – Doug Larson, Olympic Medalist from 1924 Olympics


  102. “It’s never safe to be nostalgic about something until you’re absolutely certain there’s no chance of its coming back.” – Bill Vaughan


  103. “The day when I was shifting from my hometown, I felt my luggage quite heavy, may be because my reluctant soul made me weak.”


  104. “Oh heavens, how I long for a little ordinary human enthusiasm. Just enthusiasm — that’s all.” – John Osborne, ‘Look Back In Anger


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


  106. “What’s past and what’s to come is strew’d with husks And formless ruin of oblivion.” – William Shakespeare, ‘Troilus And Cressida’


  107. “We should have taken our chances back then, when we were young and beautiful and didn’t even know it.” – Lois McMaster Bujold


  108. “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


  109. “Music can be a way for me to think back a lot of the time, almost like an opening into all the nostalgia I never express.” – Amber Mark


  110. “That is the land of lost content, I see it shining plain, the happy highways where I went and cannot come again.” – A. E. Housman


  111. “Life is so fast. And I still remember when I came up to the big leagues and played as if it were yesterday. Time flies.” – Asdrubal Cabrera


  112. “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.


  113. “Enjoy’d no sooner but despised straight, Past reason hunted, and no sooner had Past reason hated.” – William Shakespeare, ‘Sonnet 129’


  114. “Remember when I was young and so were you And time stood still and love was all we knew…” – Alan Jackson, ‘Remember When’


  115. “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” – 1 Corinthians, 3:16 (Bible Verses)


  116. “Walking down his own city, he saw nostalgia vaporize before his eyes, it couldn’t have been more pretty with his dog and the crimson sunrise.”


  117. “I still felt fondness for her – fondness, that pleasant, detached mix of admiration and sentiment, appreciation and nostalgia.” – David Levithan


  118. “Rip’s heart died away at hearing of these sad changes in his home and friends, and finding himself thus alone in the world.” – ‘Rip Van Winkle’


  119. “I get emotional when young people get nostalgic about my work. That’s why it’s called nostalgia. Sometimes I even cry.” – Mithun Chakraborty


  120. “Those were the days my friend We thought they’d never end We’d sing and dance forever and a day.” – Mary Hopkins, ‘Those Were The Days’


  121. “Jesu, Jesu, the mad days that I have spent! And to see how many of my old acquaintance are dead!” – William Shakespeare, ‘Romeo And Juliet’


  122. “People underestimate the power of nostalgia. Nostalgia is truly one of the greatest human weaknesses, second only to the neck.” – Dwight Schrute


  123. “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


  124. “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former things will not be remembered or come to mind.” – Isaiah, 65:17 (Bible Verses)


  125. “Scents bring memories, and many memories bring nostalgic pleasure. We would be wise to plan for this when we plant a garden.” – Thalassa Cruso


  126. “You want a timeless song, I wanna change the game… You wanna turn it up loud, future nostalgia is the name.” – Dua Lipa, ‘Future Nostalgia’


  127. “Nostalgia makes the past dress up in prettier clothes than those the present is wearing.” – Dahi Tamara Koch, Within the event horizon: poetry prose


  128. “I just really gravitate towards a nostalgia for a time when things were simpler. When beauty was more classical and glamorous.” – Emmy Rossum


  129. “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


  130. “Some days in late August at home are like this, the air thin and eager like this, with something in it sad and nostalgic and familiar…” – William Faulkner


  131. “It’s curious the way we get nostalgic for some hoped-for thing that never happened, as if something that never happened were in the past.” – Robert Breault


  132. “Nostalgia is powerful. It is natural, human to long for the past, particularly when we can remember our histories as better than they were.” – Roxane Gay


  133. “The Greek word for ‘return’ is nostos. Algos means ‘suffering’. So nostalgia is the suffering caused by an unappeased yearning to return.” – Milan Kundera


  134. “Nostalgia is one thing. It’s great to go and play the old songs. People know them and appreciate them. You got to give them what they want to hear.” – Denny Laine


  135. “Rip… marveled greatly what could be the object of carrying a keg of liquor up this wild mountain, yet… something strange… inspired awe.” – ‘Rip Van Winkle’


  136. “When to the sessions of sweet silent thought I summon up remembrance of things past, I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought.” – William Shakespeare, ‘Sonnet 30’


  137. “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


  138. “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


  139. “When we are young… we often experience things in the present with a nostalgia-in-advance, but we seldom guess what we will truly prize years from now.” – Edmund White


  140. “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


  141. “To get nostalgic about other people’s music, or even about your own, makes a terrible statement about the condition of your life and your prospects for the future.” – Neil Peart


  142. “We grow up with dreams in our eyes and songs on our lips and we discover that life is not what we thought it would be. And then, we discover nostalgia.” – Gabriel Garcia Marquez


  143. “Some men are born out of their due place. Accident has cast them amid certain surroundings, but they have always a nostalgia for a home they know not.” – W. Somerset Maugham


  144. “We are torn between nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known.” – Carson McCullers


  145. “The power of nostalgia: Human beings are meaning makers, and nostalgia provides us with an automatic mechanism to reflect on the past and draw meaning from our expression.”


  146. “Wait, you don’t understand, if you don’t play, there’s no music, if there’s no music, they don’t dance, if they don’t dance, they don’t kiss and fall in love and I’m history.” – Marty McFly


  147. “Nostalgia has become so much more popular because technology and climate change are visibly present. It’s easy to idolize the past, before those things were prevalent.” – Weyes Blood


  148. “Death really did not matter to him but life did, and therefore the sensation he felt when they gave their decision was not a feeling of fear but of nostalgia.” – Gabriel Garcia Marquez


  149. “One day, when I’m not longer spending my days running a sweet-stall, I may write a book about us all… It’ll be recollected in fire, and blood. My blood.” – John Osborne, ‘Look Back In Anger’


  150. “I think I now understand why it is that the young are so very nostalgic. They have so little by way of personal history that they polish it up and make it shine like a treasured heirloom.” – Will Self


  151. “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


  152. “In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel saw a dream and visions in his mind as he lay on his bed; then he wrote the dream down and related the following summary of it.” – Daniel, 7:1 (Bible Verse)


  153. “I remember when I was a child… walking into the woods by myself and feeling the solitude around me build like electricity and pass through my body with a jolt that made my hair prickle.” – Marilynne Robinson


  154. “In every age ‘the good old days’ were a myth. No one ever thought they were good at the time. For every age has consisted of crises that seemed intolerable to the people who lived through them.” – Brooks Atkinson


  155. “But here is the truth of nostalgia. We don’t feel it for who we were, but who we weren’t. We feel it for all the possibilities that were open to us but that we didn’t take.” – Welcome to Night Vale, Episode 21: A memory of Europe


  156. “Times grew worse and worse with Rip Van Winkle as years of matrimony rolled on; a tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.” – ‘Rip Van Winkle’


  157. “Nostalgia: it’s delicate, but potent. In Greek, “nostalgia” literally means “the pain from an old wound”. It’s a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone a feeling of a place where we ache to go again.” – Don Draper


  158. “He used to tell his story to every stranger that arrived at Mr. Doolittle’s hotel… It at last settled down precisely to the tale I have related, and not a man, woman, or child in the neighborhood, but knew it by heart.” – ‘Rip Van Winkle’


  159. “But every season is a kind of rich nostalgia. We give names – autumn and summer, winter, spring – as though to unfasten from the mind our moods and give them outward forms. We want the certain, solid thing.” – Elizabeth Jennings


  160. “The fiending for a state of stasis, for the safety of childhood and the nostalgia of the madeleine in the tea or an eternal library is not too far removed from the desire for death. The idealizing of the past is a kind of death.” – John Thomas Allen


  161. “Nostalgia is the hearts way of reminding you of something you once loved. It travels in many forms; on a song, in a scent or in photographs… but no matter how it comes to you it will always have the same bitter-sweet taste.” – Ranata Suzuki


  162. “Documentary photography has amassed mountains of evidence. And yet… the genre has simultaneously contributed much to spectacle, to retinal excitation, to voyeurism, to terror, envy and nostalgia, and only a little to the critical understanding of the social world.”


  163. “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.” – W. Somerset Maugham


  164. “Sleep is a form of nostalgia. It evaluates you for the kind of longings you possess. And for the people in exile, it is the only place where home is not away, where the origin is not detached, where love is reciprocated and memory is not a mere object of refuge.” – Ashfaq Saraf


  165. “No sooner had the warm liquid mixed with the crumbs touched my palate than a shudder ran through me and I stopped, intent upon the extraordinary thing that was happening to me… And suddenly the memory revealed itself.” – Marcel Proust, ‘In Remembrance Of Lost Time’


  166. “The chilly breeze on that cool spring morning had a quality of nostalgia to it. It brought to life many promises, sending my heart wandering in castles of salt and sand built in lovelorn spring breeze of yesteryears. I held my heart and carried on with my day. All the castles are eventually washed away in time.”


  167. “Nostalgia is a necessary thing, I believe… 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


  168. “From the classroom, through the rows, down the staircase, pass the swings, with memories to cherish throughout our life. Leaving this place must be a lie, with lots of laughs and little tears too, with lots of secrets and teasing’s too, with dreams in our mind and nostalgia in our heart. This place can never be forgotten which gave us the golden moments of our life…”

Quotes About Getting Nostalgic

Nostalgia is a bittersweet longing for people, situations and things of the past. People usually get nostalgic by age. They know that those good times will never come back but still they want to be there. When you are away from home, then the feeling of nostalgia hits you as you miss your childhood days and family.

You can also check out our posts on missing home quotes and homesick quotes to refresh your memories of the past.

  1. “I’ll take a one-way ticket back to the ’90s, please.”

  2. “It was nostalgic in that painful way nostalgia could be.”


  3. “Feeling nostalgic is cool but getting hit by nostalgia is fabulous!!”


  4. “Being nostalgic is the most convenient drug a person with depressing present can have.”


  5. “Some days, I wish I could go back in life, not to change things, just to feel a few things twice.”


  6. “I love the nostalgic myself. I hope we never lose some of the things of the past.” – Walt Disney


  7. “She smiles nostalgically at the reflection of her eyes, ashamed of her unused beauty.” – Atticus


  8. “I love those random memories that make me smile no matter what is going on in my life right now.”


  9. “There’s something about the sound of a train that’s very romantic and nostalgic and hopeful.” – Paul Simon


  10. “And, I feel nostalgic sometimes, for the people who never belonged to me, for the places I’ve never been to!”


  11. “I began a lifelong affair with nostalgia with only the vaguest notions of what I was nostalgic for.” – Lucy Grealy


  12. “Unreal. I’m feeling nostalgic for something that happened less than twenty four hours ago. This has got to be a record.” – Barry Lyga


  13. “Feeling nostalgic about my childhood summers, when we would climb into old tires and roll down the hills.


    They were good years.”


  14. “Feeling nostalgic about the days spent with best mates. I wish that their memories from my mind never fades, their friendship showed me lovely life shades, missing those faces who turned my bad days into great days.”


  15. “This feeling is nostalgic yet so new. I’m in love, but this time it’s not you. I craved for this tickle in my belly, long before the butterflies flew. I’m feeling their renascence, fluttering in bliss, reliving the adrenaline rush in the blood, and raising the goosebumps from the skin. But phew, this time it’s not you.”

 If you like these quotes do check out our collection of best small town quotes and hometown quotes to go back in time.

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