History Repeating Itself Quotes (78 quotes)
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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For I presume the state has not received them from any other source. It would be ridiculous to imagine that the presence of the spirited element in cities is not to be traced to individuals, wherever this character is imputed to the people, as it is to the natives of Thrace, and Scythia, and generally speaking, of the northern countries; or the love of knowledge, which would be chiefly attributed to our own country; or the love of riches, which people would especially connect with the Phoenicians and the Egyptians. It is remarkable that most men read little History. Even scholars, whose business it is to read, complain of its dullness. This fact may suggest that it is not rightly written for it should, should it not? Correspond to the whole of the mind, to whatever is lovely and powerful.
History shows that both those who do not learn history and those who do learn history are doomed to repeat it. The quote is most likely due to writer and philosopher George Santayana , and in its original form it read, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Santayana was known for aphorisms, and for being a professor in philosophy at Harvard which he abandoned. According to Santayana's philosophy , history repeats. The phrasing itself certainly is catchy. It's a big one, not only because it is so common, but also because if it is true and if history, driven by human nature, is ugly hint: it is , then this saying ought to guide our public and private policy. The sentiment that history repeats aspires to common sense and is hard to disagree with.