Quotes / You Can't Go Home Again

They called it paradise, I don't know why.
You call someplace paradise, kiss it goodbye.
Eagles, The Last Resort

With their tanks and their guns,
Oh, my God, what have they done
To the town I loved so well?
Phil Coulter, The Town I Loved So Well

"Hello, Mum," Harry said with his voice wavering, "I'm back." And he hugged her, amid the noisy mechanical sounds and the smell of burned gasoline; and Harry started crying, because he knew that nothing could go back, least of all him.
Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, chapter 36

Well, I came a long way to be here today
And I left you so long on this avenue.
And here I stand in the strangest land
Not knowing what to say or do.
As I gaze around at these strangers in town
I guess the only stranger is me.
And I wonder, yes, I wonder,
Is this the way life's meant to be?
Electric Light Orchestra, "The Way Life's Meant to be".

"You can't go home again." That's supposed to be about maturity. It's not the same if you don't have the option.
Aveline, Dragon Age II

And there's no place like home
There's no place like home
There's no place like home
To return to
Devo, No Place Like Home

"There is no there, there"
Gertrude Stein, upon learning that her childhood home had been destroyed.

You're a Man in Black. You can't go home again - ever.
K, Men in Black The Series

"Thomas Wolfe said you can't go home again," I ventured.
"That's right; you can't go home. There's one place where we can never go- haven't you thought of that? We can dive to the bottom of the sea and someday NASA will fly us to the stars, and I have known men to plunge into the past- or the future- and drown. But there's one place where we can't go. We can't go home, because our minds, and our hearts, and our immortal souls are already there."
Gene Wolfe, Kevin Malone

"I just want to go home, except for... I don't know where that is. University maybe, but it's really more of a dorm room."
Jane, The Autobiography of Jane Eyre, "Phlegm" - Ep: 9

You want to go back to where you felt safe
To hear your brother's laughter, see your mother's face
Your childhood home is just powder-white bones
And you'll never find your way back
The Hush Sound, That's Okay

Where shall I gae seek my bread, and where shall I gae wander?
Where shall I gae hide my head, for here I'll bide no longer.
The seas may row, the winds may blow, and swathe me round in danger,
My native land I must forgo, and roam a lonely stranger.
The Highlander's Lament

And you will weep when you face the end alone
You are lost. You can never go home.
Gollum's Song

When I went home
I found that sad to say
You must expect to be forgotten once you've gone away
And so I couldn't stay that lonely night
When I went home...
When I Went Home, Peter Pan Live!

Rose: Pearl.
Pearl: Yes?
Rose: I'm going to stay and fight for this planet. You don't have to do this with me.
Pearl: But I want to.
Rose: I know you do, but please try to understand. If we lose, we'll be killed; and if we win, we can never go home.
Pearl: Why would I ever want to go home if you're here?
Steven Universe, "Rose's Scabbard"

You can go as far as you want. But you can never go back.

Home is made for coming from
For dreams of going to
Which, with any luck, will never come true
Wand'rin' Star, Paint Your Wagon