history repeats itself

1858 G. ELIOT Janet’s Repentance in Scenes of Clerical Life II. x. History, we know, is apt to repeat itself.

1865 H. SEDLEY Marian Rooke III. v. i. History, it is said, repeats itself... Few but are reminded almost every day..of something that has gone before.

1957 V. BRITTAIN Testament of Experience 11 History tends to defy the familiar aphorism; whether national or personal, it seldom repeats itself.

1971 A. PRICE Alamut Ambush xiii. Maybe history repeats itself—but I have to have facts.


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