Is there an idiom for looking back on the "glory days" and saying "it was better back then."

it was better before

  • If a Shakespearean tag will serve your turn, "We have seen the best of our time." --Gloucester in King Lear 1.2. Jun 14 '18 at 18:19
  • People speak in reference to a figurative Eden and a time "before the Fall" that "it was Paradise."
    – Sven Yargs
    Jun 15 '18 at 7:09

Those were the days:

something you say that means life was better at the time in the past that you are talking about:

  • We were young and madly in love. Ah, those were the days!

(Cambridge Dictionary)


back in the day TFD

At a time in the past that is remembered with fondness or nostalgia.


halcyon days - People often use the phrase halcyon days to refer idyllically to a calmer, more peaceful time in their past.


the good old days (Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved. via TFD)

A past period of better times. Often used to describe a time that one believes was better, simpler, or more wholesome than the current period. Ah, those were the good old days. Did you know I was captain of the football team back then? Were the good old days really that good? I think your memory is a bit rosier than reality.

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