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those were the days

That particular period of time in the past was very happy and contented, especially in comparison to the present. Remember when we used to spend all summer exploring our grandparents' back woods? Man, those were the days. I miss college, back when I had no real responsibilities. Those were the days, all right.
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Those were the days.

Cliché The days we have been referring to were the greatest of times. Ah, yes. The eighties. Those were the days! Those were the days. Back when people knew right from wrong.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

those were the days

used to assert that a particular past time was better in comparison with the present.
1997 Brenda Clough How Like a God ‘Those were the days,’ Rob said. ‘b.c.—before children! Remember?’
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ˈthose were the days

used for talking about a better or happier time in the past: ‘I got a job as soon as I graduated.’ ‘Ah, those were the days!’
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