the golden age was never the present age

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the golden age was never the present age

proverb The present always seems lacking in comparison to the future or the past. (A "golden age" is a period of or defined by outstanding excellence, quality, prosperity, or achievement.) I know, I know, the golden age was never the present age—that's why the seniors are so eager to be done with high school. Too bad they'll never realize how good they have it right now. A: "I tell you, movies are nowhere near as good as they were in the 80s!" B: "That's the nostalgia talking, dude. The golden age was never the present age."
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