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Letter "N" » nostalgia
«It is one of the paradoxes of American literature that our writers are forever looking back with love and nostalgia at lives they couldn't wait to leave.»
«It is a curious emotion, this certain homesickness I have in mind. With Americans, it is a national trait, as native to us as the roller-coaster or the jukebox. It is no simple longing for the home town or country of our birth. The emotion is Janus-faced: we are torn between a nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known.»
Author: Carson McCullers
, have in mind
, Native American
, roller coaster
«A society that has made ''nostalgia'' a marketable commodity on the cultural exchange quickly repudiates the suggestion that life in the past was in any important way better than life today.»
«I discovered that what's really important for a creator isn't what we vaguely define as inspiration or even what it is we want to say, recall, regret, or rebel against. No, what's important is the way we say it. Art is all about craftsmanship. Others can interpret craftsmanship as style if they wish. Style is what unites memory or recollection, ideology, sentiment, nostalgia, presentiment, to the way we express all that. It's not what we say but how we say it that matters.»
Author: Federico Fellini
, with nostalgia
«I don't like nostalgia unless it's mine.»
«In some circles Stalin has in fact been making a comeback. His portrait hangs above the dashboard of trucks, a symbol of blue-collar nostalgia for a tough leader.»
Author: Serge Schmemann
«Imagination equals nostalgia for the past, the absent; it is the liquid solution in which art develops the snapshot of reality»
«Being Lutheran, Mother believed that self-pity is a deadly sin and so is nostalgia, and she had no time for either»
«Fiction is not imagination. It is what anticipates imagination by giving it the form of reality. This is quite opposite to our own natural tendency which is to anticipate reality by imagining it, or to flee from it by idealizing it. That is why we shall never inhabit true fiction; we are condemned to the imaginary and nostalgia for the future.»
Author: Jean Baudrillard
, with nostalgia
«Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.»