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In Act 3, Scene 2 of the 1606 play Macbeth, Lady Macbeth offers consolation to her husband, saying there is little point regretting either their regicide or the imminent murder of Banquo and his son that they have ordered, saying to him,

“Things without all remedy

Should be without regard. What’s done is done.”

Later, in Act 5, Scene 1, a sleepwalking Lady Macbeth raves about the blood on her hands, declaring, “What’s done cannot be undone.”

Both “what’s done is done” and “what’s done cannot be undone” are used to express the idea that there is no sense in trying to reverse an action or wallow in feelings of regret, and that it is better just to move on and act upon the new reality.

Another popular phrase is “you can’t unscramble eggs,” attributed to the US financier and art collector J. Pierpont Morgan (1837 - 1913).

(Paul Cooper, Taipei Times)

Don’t be upset, there’s no point crying over spilled milk. What’s done has been done.

(別難過了,覆水畢竟難收。)

We have to accept the result of the referendum. What’s done cannot be undone.

(我們應該要接受公投的結果。木已成舟,大局已無法逆轉。)

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