Yeah things were simpler then
You ask exactly when.
— The New Pornographers, "Sweet Talk Sweet Talk"
As your body floats down Third Street
With the burn smell factory closing up
Yes it's sad to say, you will romanticize
All the things you've known before
—'They Might Be Giants, "Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head"
We recognize the present
Is half as pleasant
As our nostalgia for
A past that we resented
Recast and reinvented
Until it's how we meant it
—Barenaked Ladies, Testing 1, 2, 3
"Farewell, Romance!" the Cave-men said;
"With bone well carved He went away,
Flint arms the ignoble arrowhead,
And jasper tips the spear to-day.
Changed are the Gods of Hunt and Dance,
And He with these. Farewell, Romance!"
— The King by Rudyard Kipling
"Say not, 'Why were the former days better than these?' For it is not from wisdom that you ask this."
"And no one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires new; for he says, ‘The old is better.’"
When in the chronicle of wasted time
I see descriptions of the fairest wights,
And beauty making beautiful old rhyme,
In praise of ladies dead and lovely knights,
Then, in the blazon of sweet beauty's best,
Of hand, of foot, of lip, of eye, of brow,
I see their antique pen would have express'd
Even such a beauty as you master now.
So all their praises are but prophecies
Of this our time, all you prefiguring;
And for they looked but with divining eyes,
They had not skill enough your worth to sing:
For we, which now behold these present days,
Have eyes to wonder, but lack tongues to praise.
— William Shakespeare, "Sonnet 106"
“Anything before you’re thirty-five is new and exciting, and anything after that is proof the world’s going to hell.”
—Daniel Suarez, Influx
Andy: Four weeks of "Captain Goofball" comic strips and not a funny one in the batch. I think I've proven my point. I'm going to vote to cancel it.
Roger: Andy, you can't judge "Captain Goofball" on a day-to-day basis, or even a month-to-month one! You have to look at the broader body of work!
Andy: How broad?
Roger: When I was 13, the strip was a riot.
"You know, in retrospect, I may have over-romanticised those memories."
—Phineas Flynn, Phineas and Ferb
"They held the funeral on the second day, with the town coming to look at Miss Emily beneath a mass of bought flowers, with the crayon face of her father musing profoundly above the bier and the ladies sibilant and macabre; and the very old men —some in their brushed Confederate uniforms—on the porch and the lawn, talking of Miss Emily as if she had been a contemporary of theirs, believing that they had danced with her and courted her perhaps, confusing time with its mathematical progression, as the old do, to whom all the past is not a diminishing road but, instead, a huge meadow which no winter ever quite touches, divided from them now by the narrow bottle-neck of the most recent decade of years."
— 'William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily
"It's old rock. That doesn't make it classic. What sucked back then still sucks today."
— Matt Farrell, Live Free or Die Hard
"...[S]tart listening to the “Hits” and “Now” compilation LPs from end to end. Of course, your conditioned brain will tell you it’s all a pile of shite and pale into insignificance compared to the Golden Era in Pop, when you were on the cusp of your adolescent years. Dig deeper into your heart and you will know that you are just lying to yourself. All eras in pop music are golden ages, or will be looked upon as such by the only generation that matters at any given time. Not only are all ages in chart pop equal, chart pop never changes, it only appears to change on its surface level."
Anti-robot rioters have sacked a Servus manufactory in Paris inflicting estimated damages of half a million credits. A spokeswoman for the Home Subjugation Front called for housewives to reject the soulless machines of modern consumerism, and return to a Golden Age of exploitation and domestic drudgery.
— Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space
"Nostalgia is like putting cocaine infused marbles into your mouth in that it makes you say stupid things."
— Yahtzee, Zero Punctuation
"Yeah, I know, people are really attached to this movie, but that is that whole purpose of lifting nostalgia goggles, is it not? I mean, the show is usually watchable at times and sometimes even enjoyable in its campiness. This movie? Less so."
"So, next time you’re feeling nostalgic about how great Quakeworld or the original Donkey Kong Country was, I recommend going with it. It’ll make you feel better even if you overlook the problems at the time or the improvements that have been made since. Just don’t over commit yourself to any opinions born of memory’s fickle biases. Because graph paper, himem.sys, and two buttons on a controller were worse than you really remember."
— "Why We Get Nostalgic About Good Old Games" by Jamie Madigan
"I look forward to Star Wars Episode VII. I look forward to see the visual effects from Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith but done ten years later. It should be stunningly cool to see. We live in a time when storytellers can tell any story and it generally amazes me there are people who cross their arms and want to go back to a time that never really existed. The thesis that limitations lead to genius is just flat-out illogical. If we gave The Beatles crappier guitars or we gave your new favorite band vintage equipment, would they make better music? No. They would make music with the tools at their disposal. The anti-CGI discourse needs to end."
— Star Wars Episode VII: CGI versus "practical" effects by Jason Ward
"BACK IN MY DAY, YOU HAD TO BREAK A BONE, KILL THREE COWS WITH YOUR BARE HANDS AND FIGHT A BOA CONSTRICTOR TO MAKE A GOOD COMPLAINT!"
—Chaotic-AlterEgo is sick of people getting nostalgic over "bad" things
"Everything is bad except Retro games."
—Description of the gaming forum from the "Youchewpoop forums" from early 2010.
"Now that there's a NEW Generation of Pokémon, I immediately abandon ALL the hatred I had of Gen III and IV in favour of saying how much the Gen V sucks. I hated Gen III? when?"
— Quote from VGF.
'The Golden Age of Science Fiction is 'twelve'."
— Peter Graham, science fiction fan.
If This was the first generation and Kanto was generation V, would you say these pokemon were 'ugly'?
Of course they would..
— A couple YouTube Comments.
"There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present and invoke the security of a past, which in fact, never existed."
Nostalgia ain't what it used to be.