One-Liner Wednesday — Learning From History


“We learn from history that we do not learn from history.”

German philosopher Georg W. F. Hegel 

Hegel lived from 1770 to 1831. Around 200 years later, American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist, Warren Buffet, said “What we learn from history is that people don’t learn from history.”

And then, along the same line, there’s the famous George Santayana quote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Or the Winston Churchill version, “Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.”

Basically, humans seem not to learn from history or tend not to remember the past, as evidenced by the fact that we tend to make the same mistakes over and over again.

And as Albert Einstein allegedly said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday and for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (history).

10 thoughts on “One-Liner Wednesday — Learning From History

  1. Sadje February 19, 2020 / 10:03 am

    I like the Einstein version the best. It is how we behave!

    Liked by 1 person

      • aguycalledbloke February 20, 2020 / 11:02 am

        Yes very much so my friend, we are destroying the planet and despite warnings and evidence all the right people are doing sod all about it 😦

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Marleen February 20, 2020 / 1:34 pm

    It’s going to be pretty gross if Democrats put Bloomberg up against Trump. Is the lesson from recent history to make a crude, crazy-rich guy (or, in the case of Trump, ostensible billionaire) President of the U.S.? I sure liked Elizabeth (and Joe) standing up to him, last night.

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    • Marleen February 20, 2020 / 2:07 pm

      As for debate format or moderators, I think something’s gotta change.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango February 21, 2020 / 7:09 am

      Yes, Bloomberg didn’t do himself any good in the debate.


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