Quote: Even nostalgia isn't what it used to be (antedating 1963 Oct 8) Punch is not what it used to be (1901 Jan)

Garson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 12 21:14:33 UTC 2010

The files of The Yale Book of Modern Proverbs (forthcoming) has an
excellent earlier citation in 1959. The ADS mailing list mechanism is
behaving in an oddly recalcitrant fashion when Charlie attempts to
share this information, so I will attempt to post it here now:

Nostalgia is not what it used to be.
1959  Peter De Vries, _Tents of Wickedness_ (Boston: Little, Brown) 6:
 "No.  Nostalgia, as his Uncle Joshua had said, ain't what it used to
be.  Which made it pretty complete.  Nothing was what it used to
be--not even nostalgia."  YBQ De Vries(2); Ratcliffe (2006) 325.  Cf.
"The PAST is not what it used to be."

On Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 12:32 PM, Garson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> The Yale Book of Quotations has "Nostalgia isn't what it used to be"
> attributed to Peter de Vries in July 1964.
> ...
> Here is a version in 1963 with a prepended word: ...

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