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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

“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

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“More times than I can remember I look around and I ask why the hole I’m in looks so strangely familiar. Probably because it looks a whole lot like all the other ones I dug before I got around to digging this one.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Cathy Burnham Martin
“Screaming and repeating lies makes them neither true nor more believable.”
Cathy Burnham Martin, The Bimbo Has Brains: And Other Freaky Facts

Agatha Christie
“Nature repeats herself more than one would imagine. The sea has infinitely more variety.”
Agatha Christie, Murder in the Mews

A.S. Byatt
“Val was eating cornflakes. She ate very little else, at home. They were light, they were pleasant, they were comforting, and then after a day or two they were like cotton wool.”
A.S. Byatt, Possession

Sam Owen
“Thoughts repeated over time, no matter how incorrect, become consolidated in our minds as beliefs because we’ve repeatedly affirmed them over and over again.”
Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

Israelmore Ayivor
“You are likely to keep repeating the same mistake all over again if you do not agree it’s a mistake.”
Israelmore Ayivor, Become a Better You

Cathy Burnham Martin
“Actively repeating a lie or denial does not make it true.”
Cathy Burnham Martin, The Bimbo Has Brains: And Other Freaky Facts

George MacDonald
“She who is even once unjust can not complain if the like is expected of her again.”
George MacDonald, Mary Marston

“Beauty is seen in repetition; keep repeating your beauty even if your beauty is not all that beautiful, you shall still leave a mark and there shall come a moment when the beauty will be seen”
Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

Siri Hustvedt
“Sometimes I feel that what we do and what we say is just a repetition, that's it's all happened before,' I said.
'Déjà vu,' he said, his voice flat.
'No, not that, not identical - vaguely the same, like we're trapped in a pattern or an idea that we can't give up, that leads us by the nose...”
Siri Hustvedt, The Blindfold

J.R. Rim
“The more you get set into your own world, the smaller your world becomes.”
J.R. Rim

جلجامش نبيل, Gilgamesh Nabeel
“الزمن والتكرار كفيلان بحل الكثير ممّا نعده مشكلة في البدء.”
جلجامش نبيل, Gilgamesh Nabeel, صراع الأقنعة

Criss Jami
“People assume that repetition is always a static thing, but I beg to differ. Repetition is just as often the complete opposite of that: or a sign of rapid personal growth. In this repetition manifests one's ability to go on experiencing again the very same thing from a different perspective and in a brand-new light.”
Criss Jami

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