Quotes / History Repeats

"Hegel remarks somewhere that all great, world-historical facts and personages occur, as it were, twice. He has forgotten to add: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce."

They say the next big thing is here,
That the revolution's near;
But to me it seems quite clear
That it's all just a little bit of history repeating.
— "History Repeating", by the Propellerheads and Shirley Bassey.

Don't put your trust in revolutions. They always come around again. That's why they're called revolutions. People die, and nothing changes.

History repeats itself. That's one of the things wrong with history.
Clarence Darrow

All this has happened before and will happen again.
— Numerous folks in Battlestar Galactica (Originally a quote from Peter Pan)

History comes full circle. Sometimes humanity survives, other times.... it's obliterated. We tell stories to help us remember history. To keep us from reigniting a war that could no doubt destroy another planet and perhaps another race. I wish the best of those who find a fallen meteor, who uncover a little secret, who follow the trail, who reconstruct my nightmare.
Grizzly One in Battlezone by Activision

History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme.

Those who fail to remember History are doomed to repeat it.
George Santayana

Time begins and then time ends
And then time begins once again
It is happening now, it has happened before
It will surely happen again
— the Time Prophet, Lexx ("Brigadoom")

That which has happened is a warning. To forget it is guilt. It must be continually remembered. It was possible for this to happen, and it remains possible for it to happen again at any minute. Only in knowledge can it be prevented.
Karl Jaspers, referring to the Holocaust.

Garrosh: Step aside, pandaren. You confront a force beyond reckoning.
Taran Zhu: Your father dabbled in powers "beyond reckoning". Where is he now?

History is important, gentlemen! If you can't learn from it... you're destined to repeat it.
Professor Bartholomew Oobleck, RWBY

Was die Erfahrung aber und die Geschichte lehren, ist dieses, daß Völker und Regierungen niemals etwas aus der Geschichte gelernt.
What we learn from history is that we never learn from history.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Vorlesungen über die Philosophie der Geschichte (Lectures on the Philosophy of History), 1832

Zu Jeder Zeit
An Jedem Ort
Bleibt Das Tun
Der Menschen Das Gleiche
(In every time, in every place, the deeds of men remain the same.)

He will come back.
He always does.
We have a place for him.

History is much like an endless waltz. The three beats of war, peace, and revolution continue on forever.
Mariemaia Kushrenada, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz

Everything repeats over and over again. No one learns anything because no one lives long enough to see the pattern.
Marceline, Adventure Time ("Checkmate")

"The pattern has repeated itself more times than you can fathom. Organic civilizations rise, evolve, advance. And at the apex of their glory, they are extinguished."
Sovereign, Mass Effect

"People say that history repeats itself. This would be exactly true, if time were not always moving forward. It once had a beginning, and it will have an end, stretching the circle of history into a spiral. Every turn, every event or action is a repetition of what had happened before, yet it is never exactly the same."
"Take the story of the young Gaiar, a story of the foolish, the brave and the treacherous — this happened so many times in the past, and this will happen again, until the end of time. Such is man's part in this world."
Ending Narration, Hammerfight

The history book on the shelf
Is always repeating itself
ABBA, "Waterloo"

It'll start again, chief. It always does. It's what makes monsters monstrous, in a way. We can be killed, but we come back. When I'm fully opaque, some other idealist or madman will start to disappear. Knowledge is out in the world and can't be taken back. This town isn't just a graveyard, it's a spawning ground. Sure, we come here to die, but we also come to be reborn. And many of us are from here. Just like you.
The Man, The Chill Clutch Of The Unknown, Kim Newman