The Best Throwback Thursday Quotes to Caption Your Memories

Quotes for Adding Vibrance to Your Vintage Photos

Memories of a world gone by
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Throwback Thursday is a popular trend on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, where users post old pictures with the hashtag #ThrowbackThursday or #tbt. Often the photos predate the era of smartphones and selfies, and exhibit the fading and unique coloration of photos taken with film. Outdated hairstyles and clothes are common, as are embarrassing school portraits. Throwback Thursday is a way to express nostalgia and revisit fond memories of people, places, and events.

L.M. Montgomery

"Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it."

If you don't want to be trolled, though, you need to follow certain unspoken rules about posting old pictures:

  • Just because you found an album of old photos doesn't mean you need to bombard your social media followers every day of the week. Throwback Thursday is for Thursday only. This is the most important rule of all.
  • Don't make the mistake of tagging recent photos #tbt. Throwback Thursday is for old pictures you would find in a photo album or a stack of Polaroids, not those you took last week. Vintage pictures are hugely popular, so the older the better.
  • Be selective when posting pictures. Make sure your photos tell a story. If you are a baseball player, post a picture of the time when you scored your first home run. Instead of selfies, post pictures taken with your entire family on vacation. Share a picture of a younger you doing something you still do today.
  • Don't overwhelm your friends and followers with old photos every Thursday. Exercise some restraint and limit yourself to sharing what you think other people will enjoy seeing. Unflattering pictures from the past always make people smile. The goofier you look, the better.


    Throwback Thursday photos can be even more memorable with added captions. A wise quote can add an extra element to an image, conveying an emotion such as longing or gratitude. The lines below offer some timeless examples.

    Arsene Houssaye

    "Always have old memories, and young hopes."

    Kahlil Gibran

    "Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream."

    "Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children."

    "The Wonder Years"

    "Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose."

    "Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us."

    Charlotte Davis Kasl

    "A lifelong blessing for children is to fill them with warm memories of times together. Happy memories become treasures in the heart to pull out on the tough days of adulthood."

    Cesare Pavese

    "We do not remember days; we remember moments."

    "Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. Stay hungry. Stay foolish."

    Dr. SunWolf

    "Some things can only be understood when you’re in a tree house. With a pile of warm chocolate chip cookies. And a book."

    Elizabeth Lawrence

    "There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again."

    Neil Gaiman

    "I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I took joy in the things that made me happy."

    Marcel Proust

    "There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book."

    Deb Caletti

    "Summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to quiet people. For those few months, you’re not required to be who everyone thinks you are, and that cut-grass smell in the air and the chance to dive into the deep end of a pool give you a courage you don’t have the rest of the year. You can be grateful and easy, with no eyes on you, and no past. Summer just opens the door and lets you out."

    Julian Barnes

    "Memories of childhood were the dreams that stayed with you after you woke."

    Laurie Lee

    "Bees blew like cake-crumbs through the golden air, white butterflies like sugared wafers, and when it wasn't raining a diamond dust took over which veiled and yet magnified all things."

    William Faulkner

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

    Vladimir Nabokov

    "One is always at home in one's past."

    Willa Cather

    "I guess everybody thinks about old times, even the happiest people."

    John Banville

    "The past beats inside me like a second heart."

    C.S. Lewis

    "Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead."

    "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."

    Eleanor Roosevelt

    "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."

    Lisa Whelchel

    "There's something about childhood friends that you just can't replace."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “For every minute you are angry you lose 60 seconds of happiness.”


    "What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner."

    Oprah Winfrey

    "The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams."

    Albert Einstein

    "Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile."

    Walt Disney

    "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."