„What is done cannot be undone, but one can prevent it happening again.“

—  Anne Frank

Source: The Diary of a Young Girl

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victim of the Holocaust and author of a diary 1929 - 1945

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„Whatever can be done, can be undone.“

—  Robert Jordan, A Crown of Swords

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„One cannot say that it will never happen again, or that it cannot happen.“

—  William Pfaff American journalist 1928 - 2015

Source: Barbarian Sentiments - How The American Century Ends (1989), Chapter 4, The Soviet Union, p. 107.

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„Nothing ever happened in the past that can prevent you from being present now; and if the past cannot prevent you from being present now, what power does it have?“

—  Eckhart Tolle German writer 1948

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Variant: Nothing ever happened in the past that can prevent you from being present now, and if the past cant prevent you from being present now, what power does it have?
Source: A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

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„“It will cause a great many changes.”
“Yes, but one cannot prevent change simply by wishing it not to happen.”“

—  Sarah Monette, book The Goblin Emperor

Source: The Goblin Emperor (2014), Chapter 22, "The Bridge over the Upazhera" (p. 275)

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„What can be done when you’re eleven can often never be done again.“

—  Stephen King, book It

Source: It

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„One cannot prevent people from thinking what they please.“

—  Friedrich Schiller, Mary Stuart

Man kann den Menschen nicht verwehren, Zu denken, was sie wollen.
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„You can say things which cannot be done. This is elementary. The trick is to keep attention focused on what is said and not on what can be done.“

—  Frank Herbert American writer 1920 - 1986

"BuSab [Bureau of Sabotage] Manual"; p. 87
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„One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.“

—  Marie Curie French-Polish physicist and chemist 1867 - 1934

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„What's happening now is what happened before, and often what's going to happen again sometime or other“

—  Orson Welles American actor, director, writer and producer 1915 - 1985

Source: Mr. Arkadin

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„And these pleasures that you cannot ever forget are the yeast that always starts working in your mind again, and it gets in your thoughts again, and in your eyes again, and then, all at once, no matter what has happened to you, you are building a brand new world again, based and built on the mistakes, the wreck, the hard luck and trouble of the old one.“

—  Woody Guthrie American singer-songwriter and folk musician 1912 - 1967

"Notes about Music" (29 March 1946) http://web.archive.org/19991001055247/www.geocities.com/Nashville/3448/music.html also quoted in A Race of Singers: Whitman's Working-Class Hero from Guthrie to Springsteen (2000) by Bryan K. Garman, p. 244
Context: I have hoped as many hopes and dreamed so many dreams, seen them swept aside by weather, and blown away by men, washed away in my own mistakes, that — I use to wonder if it wouldn't be better just to haul off and quit hoping. Just protect my own inner brain, my own mind and heart, by drawing it up into a hard knot, and not having any more hopes or dreams at all. Pull in my feelings, and call back all of my sentiments — and not let any earthly event move me in either direction, either cause me to hate, to fear, to love, to care, to take sides, to argue the matter at all — and, yet … there are certain good times, and pleasures that I never can forget, no matter how much I want to, because the pleasures, and the displeasures, the good times and the bad, are really all there is to me.
And these pleasures that you cannot ever forget are the yeast that always starts working in your mind again, and it gets in your thoughts again, and in your eyes again, and then, all at once, no matter what has happened to you, you are building a brand new world again, based and built on the mistakes, the wreck, the hard luck and trouble of the old one.

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„It is the essence of dignity to pretend to desire what you cannot prevent.“

—  Orson Scott Card American science fiction novelist 1951

Source: The Tales of Alvin Maker, The Crystal City (2003), Chapter 9 “Expeditions” (p. 166).

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„Civil war, in Macchiavel's account, is a disease; but tyranny is the death of a state. Gentle ways are first to be used, and it is best if the work can be done by them; but it must not be left undone, if they fail.“

—  Algernon Sidney British politician and political theorist 1623 - 1683

Source: Discourses Concerning Government (1689), Ch. 3, Sect. 3.
Context: If these rules have not been well observed in the first constitution, or from the changes of times, corruption of manners, insensible encroachments, or violent usurpations of princes, have been rendered ineffectual, and the people exposed to all the calamities that may be brought upon them by the weakness, vices, and malice of the prince, or those who govern him, I confess the remedies are more difficult and dangerous; but even in those cases they must be tried. Nothing can be feared that is worse than what is suffered, or must in a short time fall upon those who are in this condition. They who are already fallen into all that is odious, shameful, and miserable, cannot justly fear. When things are brought to such a pass, the boldest counsels are the most safe; and if they must perish who lie still, and they can but perish who are most active, the choice is easily made. Let the danger be never so great, there is a possibility of safety, whilst men have life, hands, arms, and courage to use them; but that people must certainly perish, who tamely suffer themselves to be oppressed, either by the injustice, cruelty, and malice of an ill magistrate, or by those who prevail upon the vices and infirmities of weak princes. It is in vain to say, that this may give occasion to men of raising tumults, or civil war; for tho' these are evils, yet they are not the greatest of evils. Civil war, in Macchiavel's account, is a disease; but tyranny is the death of a state. Gentle ways are first to be used, and it is best if the work can be done by them; but it must not be left undone, if they fail. It is good to use supplications, advices, and remonstrances; but those who have no regard to justice, and will not hearken to counsel, must be constrained. It is folly to deal otherwise with a man who will not be guided by reason, and a magistrate who despises the law; or rather, to think him a man, who rejects the essential principle of a man; or to account him a magistrate, who overthrows the law by which he is a magistrate. This is the last result; but those nations must come to it, which cannot otherwise be preserved.

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Citát „Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.“
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„Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.“

—  Paulo Coelho, book The Alchemist

Source: The Alchemist (1988), p. 184; this also has been quoted as "What happens once will never happen again. But what happens twice will surely happen a third time."

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