“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
-George Santayana, ‘The Life of Reason’, 1905
The quote above has seen many iterations since Mr. Santayana was first credited with having written it. Perhaps the most famous retelling was by Sir Winston Churchill who, in an address to the House of Commons in 1935 stated,
When the situation was manageable it was neglected, and now that it is thoroughly out of hand we apply too late the remedies which then might have effected a cure. There is nothing new in the story. It is as old as the sibylline books. It falls into that long, dismal catalogue of the fruitlessness of experience and the confirmed unteachability of mankind. Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong–these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.
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