Quotes / Ye Goode Olde Days

Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these.
Ovid (43 BC-AD 18)

The peculiar power of American nostalgia is that it is not only harking back to something lost in the past, but suggests also the tragedy of a lost future.
V. S. Pritchett

Men ever praise the olden time, and find fault with the present, though often without reason ... Having grown old, they also laud all they remember to have seen in their youth. Their opinion is generally erroneous .... We never know the whole truth about the past.
Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527), Discourses on the First Ten Books of Livius

Nostalgia is living life in the past lane.

In general, life is better than it has ever 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

Well, I dreamed I saw the knights in armor coming,
Saying something about a queen.
There were peasants singing and drummers drumming
And the archer split the tree.
There was a fanfare blowing to the sun
That was floating on the breeze.
Look at Mother Nature on the run
In the 1970's.
Look at Mother Nature on the run
In the 1970's.
Neil Young, "After the Gold Rush"