"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."
— Karl Marx
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.
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 Santayna
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
If the lessons of history teach us anything it is that nobody learns the lessons that history teaches us.