„And now you are and I am and we're a mystery which will never happen again.“

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American poet 1894 - 1962

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„I never expect anything to happen now, and so I am never disappointed. You would be surprised to know what my great events are. Going to the theatre yesterday, talking to you now — I don't suppose I shall ever meet anything greater.“

—  E.M. Forster, book Where Angels Fear to Tread

Source: Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905), Ch. 8
Context: I never expect anything to happen now, and so I am never disappointed. You would be surprised to know what my great events are. Going to the theatre yesterday, talking to you now — I don't suppose I shall ever meet anything greater. I seem fated to pass through the world without colliding with it or moving it — and I'm sure I can't tell you whether the fate's good or evil. I don't die — I don't fall in love. And if other people die or fall in love they always do it when I'm just not there. You are quite right; life to me is just a spectacle, which — thank God, and thank Italy, and thank you — is now more beautiful and heartening than it has ever been before.

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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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„Death is resurrection. We're talking not about some resurrection that will happen but about one that is happening right now.“

—  Anthony de Mello Indian writer 1931 - 1987

"The Death of Me", p. 150
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Context: One of your American authors put it so well. He said awakening is the death of your belief in injustice and tragedy. The end of the world for a caterpillar is a butterfly for the master. Death is resurrection. We're talking not about some resurrection that will happen but about one that is happening right now. If you would die to the past, if you would die to every minute, you would be the person who is fully alive, because a fully alive person is one who is full of death. We're always dying to things. We're always shedding everything in order to be fully alive and resurrected at every moment. The mystics, saints, and others make great efforts to wake people up. If they don't wake up, they're always going to have these other minor ills like hunger, wars, and violence. The greatest evil is sleeping people, ignorant people.

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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„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

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„Since I only prepare for what ought to happen to me, I am never prepared for what does. Never.“

—  Antonio Porchia Italian Argentinian poet 1885 - 1968

Como sólo me preparo para lo que debiera sucederme, no me hallo preparado para lo que me sucede. Nunca.
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„I want to hear you laugh,
Don't let the mystery go now.“

—  Kate Bush British recording artist; singer, songwriter, musician and record producer 1958

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„Now these things never happened, but always are.“

—  Sallustius Roman philosopher and writer

And mind sees all things at once, but reason (or speech) expresses some first and others after. Thus, as the myth is in accord with the cosmos, we for that reason keep a festival imitating the cosmos, for how could we attain higher order?
IV. That the species of myth are five, with examples of each.
A number of sources paraphrase the first sentence (referring to the myth of Attis) as "Myths are things which never happened, but always are." (see for example the introduction to Carl Sagan's The Dragons of Eden).
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