zurücknehmen

"I find that it is not to be. The good and the noble, what we call the human, although it is good and noble. What human beings have fought for and stormed citadels, what the ecstatics exultantly announced — that is not to be. It will be taken back. I will take it back [Ich will es zurücknehmen]."

              – Thomas Mann Doktor Faustus