Quotes / Aesop Amnesia

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    Anime and Manga 
"Unfortunately, we quickly forget the lessons we learn, and then we have to learn them all over again."
Jet Black, Cowboy Bebop

"Thus proving that the sarge has never met a lesson he actually learned."
Narrator, Sgt. Frog

Sonic: You want us to let Dr. Eggman use the Chaos Emerald?!
Knuckles: [nods] He's promised to abandon his evil ways if we help him out.
Tails: We've heard that before.
Chris: Tails is right, Knuckles.
Cream: Dr. Eggman is always saying he'll abandon his evil ways, but he never does!
Amy: And yet every time, he somehow gets you to believe him.
Sonic X, "An Enemy in Need"

    Comic Books 

Finn: Ice King, what's the deal? I thought we made some personal breakthroughs last time!
Jake: Why you even gotta get sassy, man?
Finn: Seriously! You act like you're all cool for like a whole couple months and then BAM: back to type!

    Live-Action TV 

Schneider: Look, Rory, all you have to do is get the keys to your father's car, and his credit card...
Ben Sandwich: I dunno, Shane. I got a real bad feeling about this, you know? I've never done anything like this befo... oh, man! We're doing this story again?! How many times have we done this, Matt? A hundred thousand?
Schneider: He's yelling again. Stop the yelling.
Ben Sandwich: You know, how could I learn so much, every week, and still be so stupid?!"

Brittany: Welcome back to Fondue for Two. Tonightís guests are two sworn enemies, who became friends, then became enemies again, then became friends again, then enemies and then everybody stopped caring.

Barney: We're not getting too old for anything.
Ted: You sure? I feel like we collectively learn the opposite lesson, like, at least once a year.

You know, although it was a dream,
I learned a valuable lesson, man
I just... don't remember what it was
Mega Ran, "Boss Fight"

    Newspaper Comics 
"One of the ongoing jokes in the strip is that Calvin usually learns the wrong lesson from his experiences, if he learns anything at all. Calvin's expression in the last panel suggests that he's resisting the moral here, too."
Bill Watterson, The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book

    Web Comics 
Linus: I've got a map of camp that I made.
Malachi: Ah, for once I don't need you, for I too have made a map and OH NO YOURS IS WAY BETTER THAN MINE!
Linus: That's okay, though. Being the best isn't important.
Malachi: Oh, right. I forgot I already learned that lesson.

    Web Original 
"Disguises haunted Mary Marvel's entire career. A change of slacks or a well-placed hat would throw her right off your trail. If you punched a puppy with your left hand and waved to Mary Marvel with your other, she'd apologize and ask you if you saw anyone run by left-handedly. She died a virgin because every time one of her beaus changed clothes she mistook it for a first date."

"While Sailor Moonís adversaries take plenty of different forms, Vís tend to mostly be pop idols who hypnotize people through their songs and then suck up all their energy for nefarious purposes. Seriously, this happens like five times in a row, and every time, V is surprised to find out that this new idol is actually a monster. That might seem like a reasonable thing to be surprised about, and it would be if every single one of them did not have the word 'Dark' somewhere in their name, and were also managed by the same talent firm, which was 'the Dark Agency.'"
Chris Sims on Codename: Sailor V

"Speaking of Carrie, we find her as sheís about to get married to Junior Justice for a second time. Why she would consider doing this a second time when she ran out on him the first time is beyond me, but I guess they figured Sally Field has an Oscar, so she must be talented enough to make anything work. Yeah, I know."

"Remember the first time a scientist filled an island with dinosaurs and the dinosaurs lost their goddamn minds and started eating people and everyone was like 'Fuck this, we need to get out of here'? Apparently no one else remembers either, because theyíve done it again. Welcome to Mistake Island!"

"Seems like a pretty obvious lesson there: 'Don't involve other people in my crime fighting, because they'll die.' With great power comes great responsibility. I've learned that three times now — has it sunk in?"

"For whatever reason, Bond is still hung up on what it means to be Bond or if the world even needs Bond. It comes with no small amount of irony that this particular franchise has begun to suffer from self-doubt and lack self-confidence. Again, this is worth exploring so long as the film has something to say, but Spectre only has half-hearted, muddled political musings on modern surveillance and a 007 that seemingly canít wait to quit, a particularly baffling development given the entire point of Skyfall ...Of all the leaps the film asks you to make, buying that James Bond has finally found the woman that makes him want to settle down may be the biggest."

"The first season is populated with Archer making mistakes that his more experienced successors would easily avoid. The problem isnít that Archer is making mistakes; it is that he is repeating mistakes. Archer makes mistakes, but he never learns them."
Darren Mooney on Star Trek: Enterprise, "A Night in Sickbay"

"The stupidity of these people is beyond me — they attempt to shit all over science then act surprised when it has consequences. Didnít TNG not only go beyond Warp 10 before without any of these creature feature consequences ("Where No One Has Gone Before") but also give a perfectly sound ecological reason why going beyond a certain warp speed was inadvisable? I donít usually mind a show ignoring its own continuity if it is for the good of a story but for this? I donít mind the odd moment of graphic horror but there are no circumstances on this Earth that I would want to see somebody spit out their own tongue again."
Joe Ford on Star Trek: Voyager, "Threshold"

"So the problem is that the Keller machine hurts people (who then forget about the experience) and is dangerous. The actual process of forcible brain damage to cure criminal impulses is fine.

In the end, though, given that I view the entire point of The War Games as being that the Doctor has to take a more complex view of the world than 'there are monsters and we need to stop them,' seeing a story where the concept amounts to treating humans with the moral seriousness usually reserved for rubber suits is dismaying."
Dr. Phil Sandifer on Doctor Who ("The Mind of Evil")

"Clark says, 'Hey, Ma. You remember the last person I told the secret to? I forget her name, but I recall she died of a slow, hanging, asphyxiation style death while I screamed to the Heavens. Alexia...Alena...I don't know, doesn't matter. I only married her. Point being, when I tell people my secret, they often DIE.'

Ma Kent says, 'Hey, Tom, that's not in the script.'

The director then says cut, and they have to do it again and again. WELLING!"''
Neal Bailey on Smallville ("Lockdown")

"Detective Gordon (played by Ben McKenzieís eyes) might benefit from a legally prescribed anxiolytic. Heís the single person in town who still believes in a 'good' Gotham. Thus, every murder, every disappearance, every filthy discovery is a shock to the good-hearted detective...Really?! Oswald is in my house? How is this possible? Why is he here? Itís his most common expression: Gordon stares, wide-eyed and speechless, as if this is his first day in Gotham. Panicked, unprepared, winded Gordon."
ComicsAlliance on Gotham, "Arkham"

    Web Video 
"It's like I have some...Selective amnesia that only serves to push certain events forward."
Dan O'Brien, Agents of Cracked

Spoony: John Cena's dad...seriously. This is like the third time he's been assaulted by Randy Orton. John Cena Sr. needs to have a private security detail assigned to him. John Cena needs to stop buying his dad tickets.
Miles: Just don't have him in the front row! Put him— even five rows back!
Spoony: Get him a skybox! For God's sake, John, you can afford it!

    Western Animation 
Ron: You know, some of us learn and grow from our little adventures.
Bonnie: Whatever, loser.
Kim Possible, "Homecoming Upset"

Marge: Hasn't this experience taught you you can't believe everything you hear?
Homer: Marge, my friend, I haven't learned a thing.
The Simpsons, "Homer Badman"

Lois: So Peter, I guess you've learned a valuable lesson from this.
Peter: Nope.

Ben: I have learned my lesson.
Gwen: You will forget it again, but you learned...

There's something you should know about me by now Roger. I don't learn lessons.
Stan Smith, American Dad!

Moe: Look at me. It's supposed to be my big triumph, and I'm standing in mud, fightin' with geese. (beat) Well, if I'm gonna fight, I might as well win. (draws shotgun)
The Simpsons, "Moe 'N' a Lisa"