“Why, this is shocking! You call this history? It doesn’t even rhyme!”


  1. Occasional Correspondent says:

    History does not repeat itself but often rhymes.

    Misattributed (apparently) to Mark Twain — from the site for 2014/01/12/history-rhymes:

    The earliest strong match known to QI appeared in 1965 within an essay by psychoanalyst Theodor Reik titled “The Unreachables”. The phrasing was a bit longer, but the meaning was the same. […]

    There are recurring cycles, ups and downs, but the course of events is essentially the same, with small variations. It has been said that history repeats itself. This is perhaps not quite correct; it merely rhymes.

  2. “You will rewrite this essay, by hand, in triplicate, and hand it back in. If your history won’t rhyme, at the very least, it should repeat itself.”

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