Seasonal Nostalgia

Sunday, December 19, 2010 – Seasonal Nostalgia

I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. ~ Charles Dickens

Christmas is a time when you get homesick – even when you’re home. ~ Carol Nelson

There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child. ~ Erma Bombeck

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

Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter. ~ William Ralph Inge

It’s never safe to be nostalgic about something until you’re absolutely certain there’s no chance of its coming back. ~ Bill Vaughn

Nostalgia’s the most commercial commodity there is today; I believe it’s true all over the world. ~ Stan Kenton

Time has lost all meaning in that nightmare alley of the Western world known as the American mind. We wallow in nostalgia but manage to get it all wrong. True nostalgia is an ephemeral composition of disjointed memories … but American-style nostalgia is about as ephemeral as copyrighted déjà vu. ~ Florence E. King

I prefer the mystic clouds of nostalgia to the real thing, to be honest. ~ Robert Wyatt

If you go flying back through time, and you see somebody else flying forward into the future, it’s probably best to avoid eye contact. ~ Jack Handey

Nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days. ~ Doug Larson

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils. ~ Louis Hector Berlioz

Things ain’t what they used to be and probably never was. ~ Will Rogers

Even while I protest the assembly-line production of our food, our songs, our language, and eventually our souls, I know that it was a rare home that baked good bread in the old days. Mother’s cooking was with rare exceptions poor, that good unpasteurized milk touched only by flies and bits of manure crawled with bacteria, the healthy old-time life was riddled with aches, sudden death from unknown causes, and that sweet local speech I mourn was the child of illiteracy and ignorance. It is the nature of a man as he grows older, a small bridge in time, to protest against change, particularly change for the better. ~ John Steinbeck

Those who weep for the happy periods which they encounter in history acknowledge what they want; not the alleviation but the silencing of misery. ~ Albert Camus

Nostalgia for what we have lost is more bearable than nostalgia for what we have never had. ~ Mignon McLaughlin

It is one of the paradoxes of American literature that our writers are forever looking back with love and nostalgia at lives they couldn’t wait to leave. ~ Anatole Broyard

Soon, Nostalgia will be another name for Europe. ~ Angela Carter

There is a time for departure even when there’s no certain place to go. ~ Tennessee Williams

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

Let us therefore agree that the idea of eternal return implies a perspective from which things appear other than as we know them: they appear without the mitigating circumstance of their transitory nature. This mitigating circumstance prevents us from coming to a verdict. For how can we condemn something that is ephemeral, in transit? In the sunset of dissolution, everything is illuminated by the aura of nostalgia, even the guillotine. ~ Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth. ~ Umberto Eco

I felt like poisoning a monk. ~ Umberto Eco, on why he wrote the novel “The Name of the Rose”