Hello there,

Does anyone know the origin of this saying? There might be different versions. Thanks a lot in advance.

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Hi Michael,

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I believe it was the commander of the Chindits in the second world war. Possibly Ord Wingate or another commander (I can't recall his name right now)
I found it in Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
I found it on the wall in the Inn on Sejer Island, Denmark - only written in Danish.
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I think Isambard Kingdom Brunel was known to say, 'we can now do the impossible, but miracles take a little longer'.
Ben Gurion, the first priminister of Israel
"Sir, The impossible we can do right now. Miracles take a little longer".

I first read this in a book about the Battle of Midway back when I was in grade school around 1962/64. The carrier USS Yorktown had just returned back to Pearl Harbor heavily damaged in the Battle of the Coral Sea.

This was said to have been the reply of the Pearl Harbor shipyard foreman when told that she needed to be fixed in three days for what was later to become the Battle of Midway.
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