Saturday, March 22, 2008

Nostalgia -

Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

Why should I waste my time reliving the past when I can spend it worrying about the future?

The older a man gets, the farther he had to walk to school as a boy.

Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson: you find the present tense and the past perfect.

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory. --Franklin P. Adams (1881-1960)

In every age the 'good old days' are a myth. No one ever thinks they were good at the time. For every age consists of crises that seem intolerable to those who live through them. Brooks Atkinson (1894- )_Once Around the Sun_ [1951], "February 8"

Nostalgia is a seductive liar. -George W. Ball

The past should be a springboard not a hammock. Irving Ball

We seem to be going through a period of nostalgia, and everyone seems to think yesterday was better than today. I don't think it was, and I would advise you not to wait ten years before admitting today was great. If you're hung up on nostalgia, pretend today is yesterday and just go out and have one hell of a time. -- Art Buchwald

The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet. ~ Cyril Connolly, in David Pryce-Jones, Journals and Memoirs (1983)

The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealized past. -Robertson Davies

When you finally go back to your old hometown, you find it wasn't the old home you missed but your childhood. Sam Ewing

You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present. --Jan Glidewell

The illusion that times that were are better than those that are, has probably pervaded all ages. Horace Greeley

When I grow up I want to be a little boy.- Joseph Heller (1923-1999) "Something Happened."

Every old man complains of the growing depravity of the world, of the petulance and insolence of the rising generation. He recounts the decency and regularity of former times, and celebrates the discipline and sobriety of the age in which his youth was passed; a happy age which is now no more to be expected, since confusion has broken in upon the world, and thrown down all the boundaries of civility and reverence.
Samuel Johnson: Rambler #50

Ah tell me not that memory
Sheds gladness o'er the past;
What is recalled by faded flowers
Save that they did not last?
Letitia Landon (1802-1838) Despondency.

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they're here to stay
Oh, I believe in yesterday.
Paul McCartney -"Yesterday"

In general, life is better than it ever has been, and if you think that, in the past, there was some golden age of pleasure and plenty to which you would, if you were able, transport yourself, let me say one single word: 'dentistry. - P.J. O'Rourke--All the Trouble in the World, p.2

Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these.-- Ovid (43 B.C.-A.D. 18)

People get nostalgic about a lot of things I don't think they were that crazy about the first time around. Beryl Pfizer

These are the good old days.
Just you wait and see.
Steve Turner
Perhaps one day this too will be pleasant to remember. Forsan et haec olim meminisse juvabit. Vergil, Aeneid, Book 1, line 203:

There has never been an age that did not applaud the past and lament the present. --Lillian Eichler Watson _Light From Many Lamps_

Nostalgia is like an anesthetic; you experience no pain, only a beautiful haze. When you grow older, what matters is not the way it was, but the way you remember it. --Roger and Natalie Whittaker _So Far, So Good_

I seem to have heard that observation before. . . . It has all the vitality of error and all the tediousness of an old friend." -- Oscar Wilde

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