Repetition Quotes

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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

Adolf Hitler
“The receptivity of the masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan.”
Adolf Hitler

“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

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

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

Haruki Murakami
“I think certain types of processes don’t allow for any variation. If you have to be part of that process, all you can do is transform—or perhaps distort—yourself through that persistent repetition, and make that process a part of your own personality.”
Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

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

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

Auguste 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.”
Auguste 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

“The more often a stupidity is repeated, the more it gets the appearance of wisdom.”

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

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

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

“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

“The old adage we usually hear is that “practice makes perfect.” Based on what we know about neuroplasticity and deliberate practice, we should rephrase that to read, “practice makes permanent.” As you organize yourself for this self-reflective prep work, remember that it is not about being perfect but about creating new neural pathways that shift your default cultural programming as you grow in awareness and skill.”
Zaretta L. Hammond, Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

Richelle E. Goodrich
“Repetition is an important part of learning. It is a vital factor in life lessons because each recurrence tends to challenge our earlier notions, resulting in continued contemplation and greater depths of understanding.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Being Bold: Quotes, Poetry, & Motivations for Every Day of the Year

“Listen, then repeat. Listen, then repeat. That was all it took to pretend well. What was a person’s self but carefully articulated mimicry?”
Rivers Solomon, An Unkindness of Ghosts

C.A.A. Savastano
“The cost of forgetting history is reliving it.”
C.A.A. Savastano

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“If the artists are so rich,” replied Charlotte, “then tell me how it is that they are never able to escape from little obelisks, dwarf pillars, and urns for ashes? Instead of your thousand forms of which you boast, I have never seen anything but a thousand repetitions.”
Goethe, Les Affinités électives

C.A.A. Savastano
“At some point in youth an old person will tell you a harsh truth you will not believe, in middle age you will realize its true. In old age you will tell a young person the same harsh truth but they will not believe it. Because history repeats itself.”
C.A.A. Savastano

Criss Jami
“Even by itself, the raw strength of deception is yet its own deception. Whereas the truth might become obscured by such, deception is limited to gaining any real power strictly through the masses, those high volumes of large numbers and subtle repetition.”
Criss Jami

Alice Munro
“Acts done without faith may restore faith.”
Alice Munro, Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You: 13 Stories

Adewale Joel
“The use of motifs is an effective device for memorability—the repetition of certain symbols throughout the experiences of the protagonist helps the idea register in the memory or subconscious of the reader.”
Adewale Joel, Learn Creative Writing: A guide to writing perfect drafts

C.S. Lewis
“Going to bed and waking in the morning (I woke, most often, too early) were bad times—so many hundreds of evenings and mornings. Sometimes I wondered who or what sends us this senseless repetition of days and nights and seasons and years; is it not like hearing a stupid boy whistle the same tune over and over, till you wonder how he can bear it himself?”
C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces

Criss Jami
“One of the most common sense things about real world progress is that progressivism must never steer into its own dogmatism. One can be sure, at least every so often, that there eventually comes a point either to stop, to turn around, or to make a turn; lest a wall is pummeled, a cliff is tumbled, or a mere cycle is tunneled forever.”
Criss Jami

Rutger Bregman
“Wer sich nicht an die Vergangenheit erinnern kann, ist dazu verurteilt, sie zu wiederholen.
- George Santayana (1863-1952)”
Rutger Bregman, Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World

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