„I wish I could change it all. I wish I could.
But I can’t.
Now I know what it’s like to have an indelible past—one that can’t be erased and changed at will. It’s frustrating. It’s maddening. And it makes me wish I had been more careful and thoughtful.“
— David Gerrold, The Man Who Folded Himself
The Man Who Folded Himself (1973), p. 100
— Kurt Vonnegut, Hocus Pocus
Hocus Pocus (1990)
„I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then
I wish I could start this whole thing over again
I'm not sayin' it's you could never be true
I just don't wanna know how it ends
You'd still have my heart in the palm of your hands
I'd still look like a fool in front of your friends
Yeah I wish somehow I didn't know now what I didn't know then.“
— Toby Keith American country music singer and actor 1961
Song lyrics, Wish I Didn't Know Now.
— Happy Rhodes American singer-songwriter 1965
Equipoise (1993), Context: He is broken, far from free Words were spoken, 'tween him and me: "I had friends, yes, I was admired I'm so old now, feel so tired." Well he walks to the gate and he looks behind at life in rewind And wishes he had known these things while still alive. "Temporary And Eternal" - Live performance, later used on the compilation album The Keep (16 May 1995) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiIqnvFAoHs
„"I can't help it," I said. "My soul knows my meat is doing bad things, and is embarrassed. But my meat just keeps right on doing bad, dumb things."
"You and your what?" he said.
"My soul and my meat," I said.
"They're separate?" he said.
"I sure hope they are," I said. I laughed. "I would hate to be responsible for what my meat does."“
— Kurt Vonnegut, Bluebeard
Bluebeard (1987), p. 246
„I wish to come down eighteen hundred years later and refer to a remark made by one of the Latin historians. Some Christians were persecuted in Rome through error, they being 'mistaken for Jews.' The meaning seems plain. These pagans had nothing against Christians, but they were quite ready to persecute Jews. For some reason or other they hated a Jew before they even knew what a Christian was. May I not assume, then, that the persecution of Jews is a thing which antedates Christianity and was not born of Christianity?“
— Mark Twain, livre Concerning the Jews
Concerning the Jews (Harper's Magazine, Sept. 1899)
„I read in the proof-sheets of Hardy on Ramanujan: 'As someone said, each of the positive integers was one of his personal friends.' My reaction was, 'I wonder who said that; I wish I had.' In the next proof-sheets I read (what now stands): 'It was Littlewood who said…' (What had happened was that Hardy had received the remark in silence and with a poker face, and I wrote it off as a dud….)“
— John Edensor Littlewood English Mathematician 1885 - 1977
"Cross-purposes, Unconscious Assumptions, Howlers, Misprints, etc.", p. 61.
„On a couple of occasions in the last weeks, I just said some things that weren‘t in keeping with what I knew to be the case and what I had written about in my book. And you know, I‘m embarrassed by it. I‘m very sorry I said it. I have said that, you know, it just didn‘t jive with what I had written about and knew to be the truth.“
— Hillary Clinton American politician, senator, Secretary of State, First Lady 1947
Presidential campaign (January 20, 2007 – 2008), citation needed
„I did not wish to protest against war. My object was to remember. I wanted people to find in my poems the truth of what it had been like to be an American infantry soldier. Now I see I was writing a memorial of those years, for the me I had known, who were silent.“
— Louis Simpson Jamaican poet 1923 - 2012
Other, The Poetry of War ed. Ian Hamilton , London 1945
„I remember the time an older man asked me when I was young, "Do you know what you are doing now?" I thought it was some kind of trick question.
Tell me," I said.
You are building your memories," he replied, "so make them good ones.“
— Ravi Zacharias Indian philosopher 1946
„I can't say, over the miles, that I had learned what I had wanted to know because I hadn't known what I wanted to know. But I did learn what I didn't know I wanted to know.“
— William Least Heat-Moon, Blue Highways
Blue Highways (1982), Part Ten, Chapter 4.