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Quotes About Repetition

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Simone de Beauvoir
“Few tasks are more like the torture of Sisyphus than housework, with its endless repetition: the clean becomes soiled, the soiled is made clean, over and over, day after day.”
Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex

Pittacus Lore
“He who doesn't understand history is doomed to repeat it.”
Pittacus Lore, I Am Number Four

Mahatma Gandhi
“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does the truth become error because nobody will see it.

(Young India 1924-1926)”
Mahatma Gandhi

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Stupid religion makes stupid beliefs, stupid leaders make stupid rules, stupid environment makes stupid health, stupid companions makes stupid behaviour, stupid movies makes stupid acts, stupid food makes stupid skin, stupid bed makes stupid sleep, stupid ideas makes stupid decisions, stupid clothes makes stupid appearance. Lets get rid of stupidity from our stupid short lives.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Criss Jami
“I am a fan of overdoing something, but not running it into the ground. They are complete opposites with only a fine line separating them.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Stanisław Lem
“So one must be resigned to being a clock that measures the passage of time, now out of order, now repaired, and whose mechanism generates despair and love as soon as its maker sets it going? Are we to grow used to the idea that every man relives ancient torments, which are all the more profound because they grow comic with repetition? That human existence should repeat itself, well and good, but that it should repeat itself like a hackneyed tune, or a record a drunkard keeps playing as he feeds coins into the jukebox...”
Stanisław Lem, Solaris

Dawn Powell
“The human comedy is always tragic, but since its ingredients are always the same—dupe, fox, straight, like burlesque skits—the repetition through the ages is comedy.”
Dawn Powell

Jennifer Egan
“A frenzy of activity that had mostly led him in circles: wasn't that a fairly accurate description of lust?”
Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad

Villiers de L'Isle-Adam
“Every human occupation has it repertoire of stock phrases, within which every man twists and turn until his death. His vocabulary, which seems so lavish, reduces itself to a hundred routine formulas at most, which he repeats over and over.”
Villiers de L'Isle-Adam, Tomorrow's Eve

Toba Beta
“Prehistory of mankind is way too horrible to be remembered.
But if we choose to ignore it, then we'll be doomed to repeat it.”
Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

James Jones
“There is, in the Army, a little known but very important activity appropriately called Fatigue. Fatigue, in the Army, is the very necessary cleaning and repairing of the aftermath of living. Any man who has ever owned a gun has known Fatigue, when, after fifteen minutes in the woods and perhaps three shots at an elusive squirrel, he has gone home to spend three-quarters of an hour cleaning up his piece so that it will be ready next time he goes to the woods. Any woman who has ever cooked a luscious meal and ladled it out in plates upon the table has known Fatigue, when, after the glorious meal is eaten, she repairs to the kitchen to wash the congealed gravy from the plates and the slick grease from the cooking pots so they will be ready to be used this evening, dirtied, and so washed again. It is the knowledge of the unendingness and of the repetitious uselessness, the do it up so it can be done again, that makes Fatigue fatigue.”
James Jones, From Here to Eternity

Yukio Mishima
“Again and again, the cicada’s untiring cry pierced the sultry summer air like a needle at work on thick cotton cloth.”
Yukio Mishima, Runaway Horses

Robert Hughes
“In one sense, (Duchamp's) “The Large Glass” is a glimpse into Hell; a peculiarly modernist Hell of repetition and loneliness.”
Robert Hughes, The Shock of the New

Jarod Kintz
“Economist should be spelled echonomist, because they all repeat each other.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book Has No Title

“Repetition opens doors, you know?”
Tim Lucas, The Book of Renfield: A Gospel of Dracula

Toba Beta
“Being able to be repeated controllably
is one key element in risk management.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

Jarod Kintz
“I like saying things that are both repetitive and repetitive. But I never repeat an I love you. I repeat: I never repeat an I love you.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

Jarod Kintz
“I’m too impatient to be impatient, as impatience often wastes time through repetition and redundancy.”
Jarod Kintz, 99 Cents For Some Nonsense

Thomas King
“You know what they say. If at first you don't succeed, try the same thing again. Sometimes the effort is called persistence and is the mark of a strong will. Sometimes it's called perseveration and is a sign of immaturity. For an individual, one of the definitions of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again in the same way and expecting different results. For a government, such behavior is called... policy.”
Thomas King, The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America

Bryant McGill
“Consider the possibility that many of the things you hear and say are utter nonsense and meaningless repetitions of noise.”
Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life

“It is precisely, if paradoxically, because reversal is in the service of repetition (so as to ensure, alongside its companion strategies, a dizzying proliferation of citations) that it gains a subversive power rather than remain a mere dependent (and thus conservative) form of social discourse. Reversal plays a double role in this novel (MONSIEUR VENUS), for it is not only a formal strategy bearing on citation, but itself a citation as well; one more cliché mobilized from the fin-de-siecle reserve.”
Janet Beizer

Criss Jami
“Fame is an island, and right before the castaway, the getaway of being known without being known.”
Criss Jami

Shannon L. Alder
“Life has always been a series of the same choices: enslavement, apathy or freedom.”
Shannon L. Alder

John Green
“It is all odd at first, and then it becomes normal—not because
it is normal, but because repetition uns the peculiar.”
John Green, The Sequel

Israelmore Ayivor
“When I prepare, then I become pregnant... and then I produce. When I produce, then I praise the Lord... and then I become prosperous and then the cycle repeats!”
Israelmore Ayivor, The Great Hand Book of Quotes

“Compulsive repetitions are the death of fantasies.”
Kristian Goldmund Aumann

Shunryu Suzuki
“So if you do something, you should be observant, and careful, and alert.”
Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice

Peter Ackroyd
“Truly Time is a vast Denful of Horrour, round about which a Serpent winds and in the winding bites itself by the Tail. Now, now is the Hour, every Hour, every part of an Hour, every Moment, which in its end does begin again and never ceases to end: a beginning continuing, always ending.”
Peter Ackroyd, Hawksmoor

Israelmore Ayivor
“Change for the better... Let your change be purposeful and determined. Never repeat steps that always make you fail. Never change a step that brings you closer to excellence! You got to make a change!”
Israelmore Ayivor, Daily Drive 365

Christine Brooke-Rose
“But it is the repetition, from all walks of life, that slowly destroys, turns the looking-glass into a mirror, distorting or true, both cruel.”
Christine Brooke-Rose, Life, End of

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