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    #1

    Idioms or proverbs to express that the time goes only one direction.

    I am looking for any expressions to show that we can't turn time back, using the RIVER as a metaphor.
    So far I have two on my mind:
    You can never step in the same river twice
    — No way to hold back the river

    Which one sounds better?
    Last edited by Mila2015; 16-Jan-2016 at 03:45.

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    Re: Idioms or proverbs to express that the time goes only one direction.

    Here's the actual English idiom that has that meaning: It's water under the bridge. It means that whatever has already happened can never be changed.

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    #3

    Re: Idioms or proverbs to express that the time goes only one direction.

    “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.”
    Heraclitus ~ 500BC. (The original was in ancient Greek.)

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    Re: Idioms or proverbs to express that the time goes only one direction.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.”
    Heraclitus ~ 500BC. (The original was in ancient Greek.)
    Here we go! I love this one!

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    #5

    Re: Idioms or proverbs to express that the time goes only one direction.

    You can't turn the clock back.

    You can't put the toothpaste back in the tube.

    You can't put the genie back in the bottle.

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    Re: Idioms or proverbs to express that the time goes only one direction.

    Time and tide wait for no man.
    I am not a teacher

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    Smile Re: Idioms or proverbs to express that the time goes only one direction.

    Here's another example:

    You can't turn back the hands of time

    Hope this helps.

    Cheers!

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    #8

    Re: Idioms or proverbs to express that the time goes only one direction.

    You can't turn back the clock. This is a little strange, because of course we can turn back the the clock. I have to do this every autumn with my 90 clocks.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 27-Apr-2016 at 22:39. Reason: Fixed typo

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    Re: Idioms or proverbs to express that the time goes only one direction.

    90 clocks? Are you a collector or anal retentive?

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    Re: Idioms or proverbs to express that the time goes only one direction.

    One I have heard, and often use in its Spanish version, is "Don't cross the bridge before reaching the river".

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