„In fact, nothing is said that has not been said before.“

—  Terenz, Eunuchus

Nullum est iam dictum quod non dictum sit prius.
Prologue, Line 41.
Variant translation: Nothing has yet been said that’s not been said before.
Eunuchus
Original: (la) Nullumst iam dictum quod non dictum sit prius.

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„Maternity," it has been said, "is a matter of fact, paternity is a matter of opinion.“

—  Walter Bagehot British journalist, businessman, and essayist 1826 - 1877

Ch. 4, Nation Making http://books.google.com/books?id=1ANBAQAAMAAJ&q=%22Maternity+it+has+been+said+is+a+matter+of+fact+paternity+is+a+matter+of+opinion%22&pg=PA122#v=onepage
Physics and Politics https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/4350 (1869)

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„It has been said that there is nothing more uncommon than common sense.“

—  Thomas Chalmers Scottish mathematician and a leader of the Free Church of Scotland 1780 - 1847

Natural Theology (1836), Bk. II, Ch. III : On the Strength of the Evidences for a God in the Phenomena of Visible and External Nature, § 15; though provided without attribution of author, the saying "There is nothing more uncommon than common sense" has since become misattributed to particular people, including Frank Lloyd Wright.

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„Everything has been said but not everyone has said it.“

—  Morris Udall American politician 1922 - 1998

At a committee hearing. Quoted multiple times by Harry Reid, e.g. Congressional Record Vol. 147, No. 83 https://www.congress.gov/congressional-record/2001/6/14/senate-section/article/S6239-7

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„Nothing could bother me more than the way a thing goes dead once it has been said.“

—  Gertrude Stein American art collector and experimental writer of novels, poetry and plays 1874 - 1946

What Are Masterpieces and Why Are There So Few of Them (1936)

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„It has been said that "Nothing worth the proving can be proved, nor yet disproved."“

—  William Crookes British chemist and physicist 1832 - 1919

True though this may have been in the past, it is true no longer. The science of our century has forged weapons of observation and analysis by which the veriest tyro may profit. Science has trained and fashioned the average mind into habits of exactitude and disciplined perception, and in so doing has fortified itself for tasks higher, wider, and incomparably more wonderful than even the wisest among our ancestors imagined. Like the souls in Plato's myth that follow the chariot of Zeus, it has ascended to a point of vision far above the earth. It is henceforth open to science to transcend all we now think we know of matter and to gain new glimpses of a profounder scheme of Cosmic law.
Address to the British Association for the Advancement of Science (1898)

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„Human nature is not nearly as bad as it has been thought to be… In fact it can be said that the possibilities of human nature have customarily been sold short.“

—  Abraham Maslow American psychologist 1908 - 1970

Maslow (1954), as cited in: Hiram E. Fitzgerald, ‎Michael G. Walraven (1987). Psychology. p. 119; Also in: Maslow, Toward a Psychology of Being. Simon and Schuster, 1962, p. 5.
Variant quote: Human nature is not nearly as bad as it has been thought to be... It is as if Freud supplied us with the sick half of psychology and we must now fill it out with the healthy half.'
1940s-1960s

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„There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it.“

—  Marcus Tullius Cicero, buch De divinatione

Book II, chapter LVIII, section 119
Cf. René Descartes' "On ne sauroit rien imaginer de si étranger et si peu croyable, qu’il n’ait été dit par quelqu’un des philosophes [One cannot conceive anything so strange and so implausible that it has not already been said by one philosopher or another]" (Le Discours de la Méthode, Pt. 2)
Original: (la) Nihil tam absurde dici potest, quod non dicatur ab aliquo philosophorum.
Variante: There is nothing so ridiculous that some philosopher has not said it.
Quelle: De Divinatione – On Divination (44 BC)

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—  Charles Sumner American abolitionist and politician 1811 - 1874

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„Truth," it has been said, "is the first casualty of war.“

—  Philip Snowden, 1st Viscount Snowden British politician 1864 - 1937

Introduction to Truth and the War, by E. D. Morel. London, July 1916. p. ix books.google http://books.google.de/books?id=gQFIAAAAIAAJ&q=casualty. p. xiii in the 3rd edition 1918 archive.org http://www.archive.org/stream/truthwar00more#page/n17/mode/2up (cf. Aeschylus#Misattributed)
Hiram Johnson is often credited with this statement, or something similar. However, Snowden's use appears to have predated those of Johnson while being more consistent with the now-common, "Truth is the first casualty of war."

„She said nothing, but said it loudly.“

—  Michael Flynn, buch Eifelheim

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„Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.“

—  André Gide French novelist and essayist 1869 - 1951

Toutes choses sont dites déjà; mais comme personne n'écoute, il faut toujours recommencer.
Le Traité du Narcisse https://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/Le_Trait%C3%A9_du_narcisse (The Treatise of the Narcissus)
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