Best Quotes for Pairing With Vintage Photos on Social Media

An adult looks at a vintage black-and-white photo of two children

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Sharing old photos of people, places, and events on social media is a good way to reminisce and add nostalgia. If you've decided to share your favorite images on social media during a "Throwback Thursday," "Flashback Friday," or some other tagged event involving sharing, there are some great ways to make your contribution even more special — and good things to know about sharing photos in general:

  1. Share one photo a week or less. Don't overwhelm your friends and followers with too many old photos. Just because you found an album of old photos doesn't mean you should bombard your social media followers. Choose one day a week, such as a Throwback Thursday or a Flashback Friday, and maybe even skip a week between postings.
  2. Be certain you're sharing only old photos. Don't make the mistake of incorrectly tagging "recent" photos with something like #tbt (Throwback Thursday), for instance. Stick with the old pictures you would find in a photo album or a stack of Polaroids. Vintage pictures are hugely popular, so the older, the better.
  3. Make sure you choose the best photos — ones that tell a story. For instance, if you were a baseball player, post a picture of the time when you scored your first home run. Post pictures that were taken with your entire family on vacation. Share a picture of a younger you doing something you still do today.
  4. Choose photos that might make people laugh. Unflattering pictures of yourself from the past always make people smile. The goofier you look, the better. That said, if someone else looks unflattering, you might want to get their permission first. After all, this is supposed to be fun.
  5. Add other elements that make the sharing more special, such as a special quote from a famous person.

The next time you are sharing vintage images online, try pairing them with some of the following vintage quotes from famous poets, novelists, storytellers, and others — these are sure to give an extra appeal.

John Banville

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

Julian Barnes

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

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."

Willa Cather

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

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

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

Walt Disney

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

Albert Einstein

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

William Faulkner

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

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."

Kahlil Gibran

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

Arsene Houssaye

"Always have old memories, and young hopes."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

Marcel Proust

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

Vladimir Nabokov

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

Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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."

Charles R. Swindoll

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

Oprah Winfrey

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

Lisa Whelchel

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

"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."