“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).