I had a bit of a hard time coming up with a theme for this Monday’s quotes. At first I thought “accidents” might be a good theme, in honor of my unfortunate brush with getting hit (gently, with no significant injuries) by a cab late Thursday night on the corner of 89th Street and 3rd Avenue, while coming back from seeing some great secret music in Williamsburg (a pop up jazzy jam session in a covert location — which is thankfully what I will remember most about the evening when I look back on it in a decade).
Thankfully, the delights of Friday and Saturday usurped my Thursday-night woes and involved a lot of time laughing, reminiscing about childhood, old favorite films and enjoying comfort food with a favorite co-conspirator.
So, on Monday morning, here are some complex and wonderful quotes about nostalgia, whether for the past, childhood, joy, heartbreak, love … and everything in between.
“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
“There is no greater sorrow than to recall a happy time in the midst of wretchedness.” — Dante
“When you are old and gray and full of sleep, and nodding by the fire, take down this book and slowly read, and dream of the soft look your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep.” — William Butler Yeats
(from “When You Are Old”)
“His talent was as natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly’s wings. At one time he understood it no more than the butterfly did and he did not know when it was brushed or marred. Later he became conscious of his damaged wings and of their construction and he learned to think and could not fly any more because the love of flight was gone and he could only remember when it had been effortless.”— Ernest Hemingway (from A Moveable Feast)