Character is much easier kept than recovered.
— Thomas Paine

It is foolish to pretend that one is fully recovered from a disappointed passion. Such wounds always leave a scar.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow recovered quote

For other nations, utopia is a blessed past never to be recovered; for Americans it is just beyond the horizon.
— Henry Kissinger

Opportunities neglected can never be recovered.
— Proverbs

Through our own recovered innocence we discern the innocence of our neighbors.
— recovered quotation by Henry David Thoreau