The stronger [the] nostalgia, the emptier of recollections it becomes. For nostalgia does not heighten memory’s activity, it does not awaken recollections; it suffices unto itself, unto its own feelings, so fully absorbed is it by its suffering and nothing else.

[In nostalgia] time has a very different look; it is no longer the conquering present capturing the future; it is the present conquered and captured and carried off by the past.
Milan Kundera, Ignorance