„History repeats itself, but the special call of an art which has passed away is never reproduced. It is as utterly gone out of the world as the song of a destroyed wild bird.“

—  Joseph Conrad, Ch. 8
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„Thus the world of science — the real world — became estranged and utterly divorced from the world of life, which science has been unable to explain — not even to explain away by calling it "subjective".“

—  Alexandre Koyré French philosopher 1892 - 1964
Context: There is something for which Newton — or better to say not Newton alone, but modern science in general — can still be made responsible: it is splitting of our world in two. I have been saying that modern science broke down the barriers that separated the heavens and the earth, and that it united and unified the universe. And that is true. But, as I have said, too, it did this by substituting for our world of quality and sense perception, the world in which we live, and love, and die, another world — the world of quantity, or reified geometry, a world in which, though there is place for everything, there is no place for man. Thus the world of science — the real world — became estranged and utterly divorced from the world of life, which science has been unable to explain — not even to explain away by calling it "subjective". True, these worlds are everyday — and even more and more — connected by praxis. Yet for theory they are divided by an abyss. Two worlds: this means two truths. Or no truth at all. This is the tragedy of the modern mind which "solved the riddle of the universe," but only to replace it by another riddle: the riddle of itself. Newtonian Studies (1965).

„History repeats itself: historians repeat each other.“

—  Philip Guedalla British historical writer 1889 - 1944
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„History repeats itself. That's one of the things wrong with history.“

—  Clarence Darrow American lawyer and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union 1857 - 1938
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„It is the soothing thing about history that it does repeat itself.“

—  Gertrude Stein American art collector and experimental writer of novels, poetry and plays 1874 - 1946

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„We cannot forget what had happened and history should not repeat itself.“

—  Ba Jin Chinese novelist 1904 - 2005
Context: Nobody would say the cowshed was heaven and nobody would say the inhuman torture of so many victims be called a revolution of the proletariat. … A museum should be established to remind China of the follies and disasters that had fallen from 1966 to 1976. We cannot forget what had happened and history should not repeat itself. As quoted in Pioneers of Modern China : Understanding the Inscrutable Chinese (2005) by Khoon Choy Lee

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