— Greg Behrendt American comedian 1963
„It's kind of like borrowing the same ten bucks from somebody over and over again.“
— Rita Mae Brown Novelist, poet, screenwriter, activist 1944
Brown did include this quote in her book Sudden Death (Bantam Books, New York, 1983), p. 68, but it appears she was just paraphrasing a quote that had already been written elsewhere. The earliest known appearance of a similar quote is the "approval version" of the Narcotics Anonymous "Basic Text" released in November 1981, which included the quote "Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results." A PDF scan of the 1981 approval version can be found here http://www.nauca.us/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/1981-11-Basic-Text-Approval-Form-White.pdf, with the quote appearing on p. 11 (p. 25 of the PDF), at the end of the fourth paragraph (which begins "We have a disease; progressive, incurable and fatal"). More in this article https://quoteinvestigator.com/2017/03/23/same/ on Quote Investigator website.
— Narendra Modi Prime Minister of India 1950
Context: It was my endeavour that we restore peace at the earliest possible. If you look at the data you will see that in 72 hours we had put down the riots and brought the situation under control. But these TV channels kept on playing up the same incidents over and over again. At the time, Rajdeep [Sardesai] and Barkha [Dutt] were in the same channel NDTV. During those inflamed days, Barkha acted in the most irresponsible manner. Surat had not witnessed any communal killings, barring a few small incidents of clashes. However the bazaars were closed [as a precautionary measure]. Barkha stood amidst closed shops screaming "This is Surat’s diamond market, but there is not a single police man here."
— Homér Ancient Greek epic poet, author of the Iliad and the Odyssey 750
XII. 453–454 (tr. Samuel Butler).
„You know... you keep doing the same things and you keep getting the same result over and over again.“
— Warren Buffett American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist 1930
„See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.“
— George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946
May 24, 2005 http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2005/05/20050524-3.html
„Political questions, if you go back thousands of years, are ephemeral, not important. History is the same thing over and over again.“
— Woody Allen American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, playwright, and musician 1935
Context: As a filmmaker, I'm not interested in 9/11 [... ] it's too small, history overwhelms it. The history of the world is like: He kills me, I kill him, only with different cosmetics and different castings. So in 2001, some fanatics killed some Americans, and now some Americans are killing some Iraqis. And in my childhood, some Nazis killed Jews. And now, some Jewish people and some Palestinians are killing each other. Political questions, if you go back thousands of years, are ephemeral, not important. History is the same thing over and over again. Interview in Der Spiegel, 2005-06-20 (as quoted by the New York Post) http://www.imdb.com/news/wenn/2005-06-29/
„The key issue is jobs. You can't get away from it: jobs. Having a buck or two in your pocket and feeling like somebody.“
— Studs Terkel American author, historian and broadcaster 1912 - 2008
Mother Jones Magazine - Sep 1995 http://books.google.com/books?id=FucDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PT25&lpg=PT25&dq=The+key+issue+is+jobs.+You+can't+get+away+from+it:+jobs.+Having+a+buck+or+two+in+your+pocket+and+feeling+like+somebody&source=bl&ots=TYKi7WaW5v&sig=-4ggLp9hfdxXUvrZIF8U1OpGMSU&hl=en&ei=0CPkS4LSJ4P68Aakk7SpBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CAcQ6AEwAA
„Well, all those people, they think they've got it made,
But I wouldn't buy, sell, borrow or trade
Anything I have to be like one of them.
I'd rather start all over again.“
— Neil Young Canadian singer-songwriter 1945
„She bent over me again. Blood began to move around in me, like a prospective tenant looking over a house.“
— Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep
Chapter 28, Phillip Marlowe watching Mona "Silver-Wig" Mars