„It's done, when it's done.“

—  John Carmack, Referring to Doom 3, Quoted in John Carmack Biography http://www.biographybase.com/biography/Carmack_John.html.
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„How does something immoral, when done privately, become moral when it is done collectively?“

—  Walter E. Williams American economist, commentator, and academic 1936
Context: How does something immoral, when done privately, become moral when it is done collectively? Furthermore, does legality establish morality? Slavery was legal; apartheid is legal; Stalinist, Nazi, and Maoist purges were legal. Clearly, the fact of legality does not justify these crimes. Legality, alone, cannot be the talisman of moral people.

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„Remember me when things are to be done.“

—  Vyasa central and revered figure in most Hindu traditions
Vyasa to his mother Satyavati Kali, after he was born and forced his body to mature that very day by will power”, meaning that he would appear before her whenever she thought of him, quoted by Alf Hiltebeitel in P.47.

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„The people are building a peaceful world, and when the job is done
That'll be the biggest thing that man has ever done.“

—  Woody Guthrie American singer-songwriter and folk musician 1912 - 1967
Context: I'd better quit my talking, 'cause I told you all I know, But please remember, pardner, wherever you may go, The people are building a peaceful world, and when the job is done That'll be the biggest thing that man has ever done. Variant: The world is digging, slavery's grave and when the job is done This'll be the biggest thing that man has ever done.

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„With the best leaders when the work is done, the task accomplished, the people will say, "We have done this ourselves."“

—  Laozi semi-legendary Chinese figure, attributed to the 6th century, regarded as the author of the Tao Te Ching and founder of… -604
Context: "Go to the people. Live with them. Learn from them. Love them. Start with what they know. Build with what they have. With the best leaders when the work is done, the task accomplished, the people will say, "We have done this ourselves." Only the final bold section is connected to Laozi (see Ch. 17 of Tao Te Ching above). The origin of the added first section is unclear.

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„When all is said and done, there is usually more said than done.
[as quoted by Alfred E Neuman]“

—  Lou Holtz American college football coach, professional football coach, television sports announcer 1937

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„When a thing is done, it's done. Don't look back. Look forward to your next objective.“

—  George Marshall US military leader, Army Chief of Staff 1880 - 1959
As quoted in "George C. Marshall and the Marshall Plan: A Model of Transformational Diplomacy" (2005) by Tom Callahan http://web.archive.org/web/20050616023457/http://www.state.gov/r/pa/dc/rks/47848.htm