Grandmother making a rug with her grandchild looking on in Mt. Hope, AL, in 1953. (Progressive Farmer image by Jack Goodson)

What is the charm that makes old things so sweet?

Sarah Doudney

We are homesick most for the places we have never known.
Carson McCullers

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

Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean, tears from the depths of some divine despair. Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes,in looking on the happy Autumn-fields,and thinking of the days that are no more.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.
Lucy Maud Montgomery

Golden threads of imagination will always be found woven into the fabric of a human life, and it affords one of the sweetest pastimes to old age to sit down and slowly unravel them, recalling the hours when first they were spun.
James Lendall Basford

The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.
Proverbs 10:7 (KJV)

How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home.
William Faulkner

The past beats inside me like a second heart.
John Banville

How quick and rushing life can sometimes seem, when at the same time it’s so slow and sweet and everlasting.
Graham Swift

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

Every man’s memory is his private literature.
Aldous Huxley

There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory.
Josh Billings

One is always at home in one’s past.
Vladimir Nabokov

Maybe you had to leave in order to really miss a place; maybe you had to travel to figure out how beloved your starting point was.
Jodi Picoult

Our native soil draws all of us, by I know not what sweetness, and never allows us to forget.
Publius Ovidius Naso

Have you ever wondered how nostalgia isn’t what it used to be?
Jasper Fforde

The leaves of memory seemed to make. A mournful rustling in the dark.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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