Quotes: You Can't Go Home Again
They called it paradise, I don't know why. You call someplace paradise, kiss it goodbye.
— Eagles, The Last Resort
"Hello, Mum," Harry said with his voice wavering, "I'm back." And he hugged her, amid the noisy mechanical sounds and the smell of burned gasoline; and Harry started crying, because he knew that nothing could go back, least of all him.
Well, I came a long way to be here today
And I left you so long on this avenue.
And here I stand in the strangest land
Not knowing what to say or do.
As I gaze around at these strangers in town
I guess the only stranger is me.
And I wonder, yes, I wonder,
Is this the way life's meant to be?
"You can't go home again." That's supposed to be about maturity. It's not the same if you don't have the option.
And there's no place like home There's no place like home There's no place like home To return to
—Devo, No Place Like Home
"There is no there, there"
— Gertrude Stein, upon learning that her childhood home had been destroyed.
You're a Man in Black. You can't go home again - ever.
"Thomas Wolfe said you can't go home again," I ventured. "That's right; you can't go home. There's one place where we can never go- haven't you thought of that? We can dive to the bottom of the sea and someday NASA will fly us to the stars, and I have known men to plunge into the past- or the future- and drown. But there's one place where we can't go. We can't go home, because our minds, and our hearts, and our immortal souls are already there."
— Gene Wolfe, Kevin Malone
"I just want to go home, except for... I don't know where that is. University maybe, but it's really more of a dorm room."
You want to go back to where you felt safe To hear your brother's laughter, see your mother's face Your childhood home is just powder-white bones And you'll never find your way back
— The Hush Sound, That's Okay
Where shall I gae seek my bread, and where shall I gae wander? Where shall I gae hide my head, for here I'll bide no longer. The seas may row, the winds may blow, and swathe me round in danger, My native land I must forgo, and roam a lonely stranger.
— The Highlander's Lament
And you will weep when you face the end alone You are lost. You can never go home.
— Gollum's Song
When I went home I found that sad to say You must expect to be forgotten once you've gone away And so I couldn't stay that lonely night When I went home...