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You're probably thinking of the famous quote by the great Spanish philosopher George Santayana (1863-1952), who said in The Life of Reason (5 volumes, 1905-6): "Those who cann…ot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Another quote comes from German philosopher Karl Marx (1818-1883), who said in The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte (1852):"Hegel remarks somewhere that history tends to repeat itself. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce."
The commonly used expression, "Those who ignore history are bound (or doomed) to repeat it" is actually a mis-quotation of the original text written by George Santayana (1863-…1952), who, in his Reason in Common Sense, The Life of Reason, Vol.1, wrote "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Stanford University online also provides an outstanding and much more detailed background on this important and profound philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist. Santayana's quotation, in turn, was a slight modification of an Edmund Burke (1729-1797) statement, "Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it." Burke was a British Statesman and Philosopher who is generally viewed as the philosophical founder of modern political conservatism. ---------------------------------- A classic example is Hitler's invasion of Russia. Napoleon had done that, and Hitler made the same mistake, and suffered the same fate. On both occasions, the Russians simply retreated , drawing the enemy further and further into Russia in their advance, and then, when they Russian winter struck, and the invaders were unprepared and ill-equipped to deal with it, they were slaughtered in their thousands during their retreat. Hitler was fully aware of Napoleon's plight and had planned meticulously how not to fall into the same trap by using the new offensive technique of Blitzkreig (lightning strike). The plan was for Army Group North to take Leningrad, Army Group Centre to take Moscow and Army Group South to take Stalingrad and the Caucasus oilfields. All before the winter weather made mobility impossible. The original start date for Operation Barbarossa was accordingly 15th May 1941 but Mussolini's failing invasion of Greece required German intervention to protect Operation Barbarossa's southern flank. German troops invaded Greece on April 6, 1941; Athens fell on 27 April and mainland Greece was fully occupied by mid-May. Nevertheless, the six week campaign led to Operation Barbarossa being launched five and a half weeks later than planned, on 22 June. Weather (rain and mud at first before the snows) slowed the advance from early October onwards, meaning that the Blitzkreig part of the campaign was shortened from the planned 20 weeks, to just 14. How vital those six weeks would have been we will never know but whilst none of the main city objectives (Leningrad, Moscow and Stalingrad) were taken, all three almost fell. After the Germans took 3 million Russian soldiers captive during the advance, only 90,000 remained to defend Moscow by late 1941. Arguably it wasn't ignoring the lesson of history that was Hitler's fatal mistake, it was not adapting to changing circumstances. Answer "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." CITES: George Santayana, The Life of Reason or The Phases of Human Progress: Reason in Common Sense 284 (2nd ed., Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, New York 1924 (originally published 1905 Charles Scribner's Sons)(appears in chapter XII, "Flux and Constancy in Human Nature")). George Santayana, The Life of Reason or The Phases of Human Progress 82 (one-volume edition, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, New York 1954)(appears in Book I, Reason in Common Sense, chapter 10, "Flux and Constancy in Human Nature"). This information was found at: http://members.aol.com/Santayana/gsguestbook.htm Hope this helps. ARISTOTLE SAID THAT! Me! but Im sure somebody else famous did before me though... The true answer would be George Santayana. This is an often mis-attributed quote and is also known as "Santayana's Law of Repeating Consequences." Actually the author originally credited with any such phrase is Edmund Burke. He died before George Santayana was born.
George Santayana, 1863-1953, American philosopher
It talks about the fact that if people don't do something to defend what they believe, they'll end up becoming what they once hated/feared.
This saying appears in many different forms, but the earliest version is probably that of the poet and philosopher George Santayana: "Those who cannot remember the past ar…e condemned to repeat it." "Notable Quotations from George Santayana 'Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.' "Life of Reason," Reason in Common Sense, Scribner's, 1905, page 284"
What did George Santayana mean when he said Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it?
In my understanding this wry observation of human nature refers to our tendency to fall into unconscious habits. If we are not aware of the mistakes of the past, we will proba…bly repeat them because we often rely on habitual or instinctive responses to situations. History teaches us that these responses can be disastrous, and yet we keep going back to them. There is a political dimension to George Santayana's statement because political movements are often built upon re-writing (or ignoring) history to suit it's purposes. People that know their history are not susceptible to this kind of manipulation.
History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. Karl Marx
The quote is "those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it" and it was said by george santayana.
The actual expression is : "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it", and it has been proven true many times. It was first said by philosopher George Santa…yana.
What was happening in history when Churchill said those that don't know their history are doomed to repeat it?
"Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has accepted, in spite of your changing moods." in: "Mere Christianity" "Hardships often prepare ordinary people for a…n extraordinary destiny." "I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."