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“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Sir Winston Churchill

Posted on: May 10, 2008

See also:  >>Learn from History or you will repeat the mistakes of the past. I Promise you! BB

>>”Fiscal Death by Welfare” by Andrew Mellon (a MUST READ)

The following is a post from a friend ( Mr. Produce aka ticker )   who like me lived thru much of this so it was up close and personal.  We are therefore appalled that someone who is supposed to be highly educated and from two of our more prestigious universities  would not know what is really recent history.   My post on this topic are the ones listed above.   BB


I am always trying to correct misunderstandings about history that crop up more often than they should. This of course is a consequence of the schools beginning in the 1960’s to teach “social studies” instead of History. As a result we have two generations who know more about how the local sewage treatment plant operates than how the government operates. A generation who believe there was no intelligent life on Earth before they came on the scene. This is not to put younger people down, it is merely a sad fact that they have been cheated of vital information. Youth has always been arrogant and felt their elders were “behind the times” and “just didn’t understand”. My Dad could tell you I was absolutely horrid in my arrogance. But aside from that I do think there are those out there who do care what went down in the past and will appreciate a short history lesson.

I had started a post on this same subject, but haven’t yet finished. So am passing on a post sent to me by a friend (Dallas W) about the statement Barack Obama made in his NC victory speech that shows his incredible and dangerous lack of knowledge of history. I promise you it is totally accurate and detailed. Dallas and I both lived this history. Please read. BB


In his victory speech after the North Carolina primary, Sen. Barack Obama said something that is all the more remarkable for how little it has been remarked upon.

In defending his stated intent to meet with America’s enemies without preconditions, Sen. Obama said: “I trust the American people to understand that it is not weakness, but wisdom to talk not just to our friends, but to our enemies, like Roosevelt did, and Kennedy did, and Truman did.”

That he made this statement, and that it passed without comment by the journalists covering his speech indicates either breathtaking ignorance of history on the part of both, or deceit.

I assume the Roosevelt to whom Sen. Obama referred is Franklin D. Roosevelt. Our enemies in World War II were Nazi Germany, headed by Adolf Hitler; fascist Italy , headed by Benito Mussolini, and militarist Japan , headed by Hideki Tojo. FDR talked directly with none of them before the outbreak of hostilities, and his policy once war began was unconditional surrender.

FDR died before victory was achieved, and was succeeded by Harry Truman. Truman did not modify the policy of unconditional surrender. He ended that war not with negotiation, but with the atomic bomb.

Harry Truman also was president when North Korea invaded South Korea in June, 1950. President Truman‘s response was not to call up North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung for a chat. It was to send troops.

Perhaps Sen. Obama is thinking of the meeting FDR and Churchill had with Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in Tehran in December, 1943, and the meetings Truman and Roosevelt had with Stalin at Yalta and Potsdam in February and July, 1945. But Stalin was then a U.S. ally, though one of whom we should have been more wary than FDR and Truman were. Few historians think the agreements reached at Yalta and Potsdam , which in effect consigned Eastern Europe to slavery, are diplomatic models we ought to follow. Even fewer Eastern Europeans think so.

When Stalin’s designs became unmistakably clear, President Truman‘s response wasn’t to seek a summit meeting. He sent military aid to Greece , ordered the Berlin airlift and the Marshall Plan, and sent troops to South Korea .

Sen. Obama is on both sounder and softer ground with regard to John F. Kennedy. The new president held a summit meeting with Soviet leader Nikita Khruschev in Vienna in June, 1961.

Elie Abel, who wrote a history of the Cuban missile crisis (The Missiles of October), said the crisis had its genesis in that summit.

“There is reason to believe that Khrushchev took Kennedy’s measure in June 1961 and decided this was a young man who would shrink from hard decisions,” Mr. Abel wrote. “There is no evidence to support the belief that Khrushchev ever questioned America ‘s power. He questioned only the president’s readiness to use it. As he once told Robert Frost, he came to believe that Americans are ‘too liberal to fight.'”

That view was supported by New York Tim es columnist James Reston, who traveled to Vienna with President Kennedy: “Khrushchev had studied the events of the Bay of Pigs ,” Mr. Reston wrote. “He would have understood if Kennedy had left Castro alone or destroyed him, but when Kennedy was rash enough to strike at Cuba but not bold enough to finish the job, Khrushchev decided he was dealing with an inexperienced young leader who could be intimidated and blackmailed.”

It’s worth noting that Kennedy then was vastly more experienced than Sen. Obama is now. A combat veteran of World War II, Jack Kennedy served 14 years in Congress before becoming president. Sen. Obama has no military and little work experience, and has been in Congress for less than four years.

The closest historical analogue to Sen. Obama’s expressed desire to meet with no preconditions with anti-American dictators such as Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the trip British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and French premier Eduoard Daladier took to Munich in September of 1938 to negotiate “peace in our time” with Adolf Hitler. That didn’t work out so well.

History is an elective few liberals choose to take these days, noted a poster on the Web log “Hot Air.” The lack of historical knowledge among journalists is merely appalling. But in a presidential candidate it’s dangerous. As Sir Winston Churchill said:

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”


63 Responses to "“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Sir Winston Churchill"

I enjoyed this post. I came across it while writing one of my own and trying to find the attribution (Churchill) for the quote at the top of your page. If you have not seen it yet, there’s a youtube post with a video of the recording session for the “Obama’s gonna change it” children’s song released a few days back. The most interesting part is the last 30 seconds or so of the video – a clip from 1930’s Germany where the Hitler youth are singing a similar song dedicated to der Fuhrer in anticipation of how he was going to change everything for them.
Press on.

Thank you for your comment and for stopping by my site, Rick. I intend to check out youtube as you suggested. This site has gotten more hits than any other and it appears from the time spent on site that people do read it. Some stay long enough to read more than one post which gratifies me.

I don’t know if you read my profile but i am an old bird who has lived thru a great deal of 20th. century history, and came up when history was considered an important subject in schools. And the longer I live during this period when our past became unimportant the more appalled I am at young people’s naivete. It is not wholly their fault since our opinions are based on our experiences or the experiences of others that we know of. So believing it is possible to “talk to” dictators may not seem unreasonable to the young. Especially American youth who are conditioned by our society to discussing problems. However history has proven again and again since before Christ that dictators take talking as a sign of weakness; always have and always will. there is a certain mind set that all dictators possess and compromise is not an option for them. they take what they want unless stopped.

I am not really thrilled with Senator McCain as POTUS, but Obama terrifies me as I see him as a disaster. Some are saying that he will surround himself with people who can guide him. After Rev. Jeremiah “God Dam America” and the 20 years Obama sat in his church listening to and agreeing with his rantings against America, I don’t feel we can trust his judgment in appointing those who will be helping him either. Neither was I impressed with Mrs. Obama when she announced that she had never been proud of her country. These two trusted individuals give you a good idea of the kind of rhetoric Obama has indulged himself in before running for office. BB

«Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.»

Sir Winston Churchill

«Those who stop to learn are living dead»


Revisionist history. Your post starts strong then rapidly fades to speculation and opinion about what might have prompted the Cuban Missile Crisis and awkwardly evades the facts about how it was ultimately resolved. Your post is a purely partisan rant. Dissecting the whole thing would be trivial, if not for the waste of time. Funny how conservatives are so desperate to divert the conversation from their second economic failure of massive and historic proportion.

MemyselfandI, Those who DO NOT stop to learn are the fools. When the fools are leaders we are all doomed to suffer for the lack of learning. Brenda Bowers

BloggerRadio, Revisionist history is what those who never lived it and never learned it indulge in. President Obama is a disaster for the United States. His letters to the leaders of Russia and Iran were and were seen by the world and the recipients as a sign of weakness.

Russia received the letter from Obama and immediately took action to pressure Kyrgyzstan to close the US Air Force Base that was a supply line into Afghanistan. With the concession of giving up putting the missile bases in Poland the Russians then allowed their new ally to open the base again but only to non-military goods. Connect the dots! That air base had been in operation for some time and no move was made to restrict our use of it until President Obama blundered.

The letter to the leaders of Iran was dismissed by that country and Obama was given a shoe in the face (if you are not aware of the fact a shoe in the face is the worst insult a Muslim can give another.)

Kennedy was far more astute than Obama but was still seen as “weak” by Russia and this gave them the impression that they could put missiles just 80 miles from our southern border! This is not revisionist history as even Kennedy acknowledged that the failed Bay of Pigs invasion in which the US government did not give the Cuban Freedom Fighters the backing they needed was a large factor in Russia’s actions. Kennedy knew then that he had no choice but to stand firm and toe to toe with Khrushchev during what has been called the October Missile Crisis.

How then does the world see President Obama after his ill advised personal phone calls to North Korea and person letters to Russia and Iran? Perhaps you should spend some time late at night reading some foreign newspapers. The big happy greeting he got from Europeans during the campaign and as reported by our MSM has changed considerably as they have discovered that the US President doesn’t have the will to come to their defense when faced with aggression.

Personally I care not what happens to you fools who follow blindly except that we are in the same life boat and I will sink with you. Brenda Bowers

I am a liberal and teach history. Prior to the Iraq war, I felt that the war was a bad idea because I knew Shia and Sunnis have huge issues with each other since the split in Islam. Even the Army has learned it is better to make friends than accidentally shoot the wrong person and create ten terrorists! I also train soldiers for deployment in the Army Reserve. Several soldiers I trained are dead. It is easy to be full of piss and vinegar when it comes to going to war but when your friends come back in body bags you have to ask the question, “is our politicians learning”. I see the kids going off to war and they are not the upper class sons and daughters of senators. What did Cheney and Bush do during Vietnam? Let’s let countries be big boys and girls and manage their own affairs. If you want more democracy then set the example. My best friend from high school died because she had no health insurance. You wingnuts are disgusting.

Fred Gregory, you are welcome to express your opinion any time you wish. I was very much against going into Iraq and even more against going into the snake pit that Pakistan/Afghanistan are. No one has been able to defeat or even make conditions better in this area.

I later realized that the going into Iraq was a diversionary tactic that worked. It kept the terrorist attention and attacks in the Middle East rather than in the United States. Better to fight on their soil than on ours so you take the fight to them. I think history will conclude that the Iraqi War was worth fighting. We now have a people who despite all their problems with each other are united in wanting liberty and the freedom to choose their own leaders. And this attitude is spreading as witnessed with the revolt in Iran during the recent election. Of course the election was rigged and the revolt was put down but the people have seen what is possible and what the outside world has and the seeds of liberty have been planted. They will grow!

As for teaching history, well I am aware of the history you have been teaching and the texts you have been using because I began teaching in 1962 when this whole social studies thing got started. I ended up putting the text books back on the shelf and teaching the history I had been taught. Teachers who came up under the revisionists social studies history didn’t have any other background so they continued the dumbed down version where young people today have no idea in what century the Civil War was fought. Can not name the 50 states in the United States. Have never learned the Constitution or the Bill of Rights let along the Declaration of Independence. And we are seeing the result of that now.

But I am seeing a change in the young 20 and 30 somethings in these Tea Parties and Townhall meetings. it is coming late but they are quickly learning what rights they have and what is being taken away by our government. As one young woman recently said, “You (the government) have wakened a sleeping giant.” and they are not going to be lured back to a slumber again. BB

It’s absolutely horrifying — and so ironic — that you think you have so much to say with such authority — and yet you lead with such a stunning error. George Santayana — NOT CHURCHILL — is responsible for the quote that you took as your headline.

Actually it was Socrates who first made that statement.
Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it!
– Socrates

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However all the sources are wrong since Sir Winston Churchill’s actual quote was :
“A nation that forgets its past is doomed to repeat it.”

But as is common with quotes being repeated they are often changed and this is one example. I merely went along with the mistaken wording because it is the commonly used quote ascribed to Churchill.

You are wrong also because George Santayana said:

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

And Mr. No Name, I do speak with authority because I check my sources. If I had given Socrates credit for that statement i would have had a dozen clowns like you telling me I was wrong. So I took the easy way and chose to go along with the common belief. It was harmless and was close enough to what Churchill actually said.

Happy you dropped by. Do come again. 🙂 BB

Bravo for your reply to anonymous. I also agree wholeheartedly with your comments about history not being taught (properly? at all?) these days. One thought I would add about the danger inherent in the ‘social studies’ being taught today – it is presented with conclusions drawn rather than just a presentation of the historical facts – so our youth are not only missing out on the facts of history, but they are being told the ‘lessons’ rather that having to reason through them and decide on the consequences of historical decisions and actions. This isn’t so bad for history of 100+ years, as most of the lessons and conclusions can be agreed upon. But for more recent history there may not be consensus or even complete evolution of the events and aftereffects to definitively define the lessons – but many of our ‘know-it-all’ kids are sure they have been taught the absolute answers, unfortunately somewhat like our president.

Thank you for stopping by JDH. I am appalled at Obama’s lack of knowledge of American history. I have a young Polish student who visits my site on-line from time to time who is more informed on our history. I can forgive high school students because what they have and have not been taught is not their fault, it is in fact ours for allowing it to happen. I can not however forgive a President who claims America is a Muslim nation when their population is less than one tenth of one percent. And their advent into this country has only taken place in the past 50 years or so. I would love to see his transcripts to see just what he did study in college!

Of course what has happened to our schools was planned well and has succeeded. You may be interested in my videos on Subverting America. See Pages on right hand column. “Yuri Bezmenov”

thank you again for stopping by and your comments. BB

I think Obama’s lack of knowledge of American history is affected by his “nomadic childhood”. From ages six to ten, Obama attended local schools in Jakarta, Indonesia. History lesson (and the passion for it) starts in the elementary schools.


Yes but one can not get thru college without at least a few history classes and law is all about history. I can find no reason and certainly no excuse for his ignorance. Except perhaps the only one necessary for one who wants to remake history as it was into history as they want it to be and that is to tell outright lies and tell them often enough that some people begin to believe them. One is that the United States is a Muslim nation when Muslim immigrants only began coming into the United States during the past 40 years. and then speaking of Jakarta it might interest you that he went to Muslim schools and as you say early training has much influence on the way the adult thinks. BB


Thank you for your reply. It is very much appreciated.

You are absolutely right, he can not make excuses for his “ignorance” that (at some degree) might be influenced by his “identity crisis” in his early life.

Fyi, my 12 years old and 10 years old girls have started to fall in love with history after watching “The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones” complete set.

I am currently looking for some good books on U.S. history for them as a follow up.

Any recommendation?

Thank you again.

Yes. Basic history books pre 1960. Even college history books would work. My daughter read all of my college text that interested her before she got thru high school as they like news papers are written for the 6th grade reading skill level. You might even root around in some used book stores and get a 1950 ties World Book Encyclopedia set. This will give them a good grounding in who and what Americans were before the last 60 years. Yes it is history of “dead white men”, but our history was “dead white men”. These white men were the movers and shakers and designers of what we are—saints and sinners all.

Start watching the history channel on TV. Most programing is good. From time to time a piece gets in that is slanted too far towards the “poor victim” but basically the programming is.good. I get really upset that history is being rewritten about the Native Americans and slavery. The noble Red man was not all that noble truth be told. Yes the Whites broke treaty after treaty and the way the Cherokee nation was treated with the Trail of Tears was a sin we as a nation will pay for, but this has ever been the way of peoples thru out the eons: the weaker are taken over by the stronger. And as far as discrimination, well I remember being called a “hunky” because of my being only second generation northern European. It is just human nature and formation of the pecking order in society. It’s not right but then neither is the appendix either but we have the sucker sitting there just waiting to grab us.

Now, what can you do? Listen to the evening news with your girls and during the commercials talk about what you have seen and what is behind the news. At first you will have a tendency to get too involved in tying all the ends together. So try to give just the basic facts to their questions leaving time and exposure to clear up the picture.

Over time they will be able to start making their own selections of readings based on this firm foundation of who we were, are and are becoming. There are still a lot of good historians out there. This is when they will fill in the last 60 years of what I can only call the demise of American education. Unfortunately it encompassed my own time as an instructor where I was constantly swimming against the tide I might add. Many text were stuck in the desk and never dusted off until the last day of the school year while I more or less wrote my own texts for my students.

Oh yes, the best for documentaries: Ken Burns! He can not be beat on any level. And for Gods sake keep them far away from the Michael Moores and even the Al Gores.

Thank you for asking this old school marm her advice. made my day. 🙂 BB

I was looking for the author of the quote “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it” and found your website and was very impressed with it. Particularly interesting were your responses to the liberals who, after failing intellectually, resorted to name calling. I have always found that sad, but amusing.
I don’t want to take a lot of your time here, but if, after looking at our site at and getting a little familiar with what we are trying to do, I would like to talk to you further… if you are interested.

My very best regards,
Kevin Cannon

Kevin, Thank you for your kind words. I did go to the site you recommended and I totally agree with your beliefs and goals.

I have been an “activist” so to speak most of my life as a volunteer where I thought I could do some good to make a difference. I have also been politically involved during this last half century. However my views were not the popular views (conservative) so my voice was a tiny crying in the wilderness type of thing.

People often cite Reagan as being conservative and against big government but the fact is he merely talked conservative. The government actually grew under Reagan! So we haven’t operated in a conservative mode during most of this century. We have demanded more and more services from government and the politicians in order to get power over the people have given us those services. AND a whole lot more that we didn’t know we were getting as they took control of our lives.

What I am saying is that Obama was inevitable. WE THE PEOPLE allowed it to come with our inattention. Now we are awakened and acting. There are so many organizations just like yours forming all over the nation and they are making a difference. And they will make more of a difference as time goes on. We have a big battle on our hands because we let the fire get out of control, but the young adults 30’s and 40’s are awake now.

As for me, I am an old lady who is unable to do the things I did in the past. So I am doing what I can. With the Internet I am keeping up this blog with the intent of keeping people informed as to what is happening in Washington and the world when it relates to the United States. I read many sources of news and then choose the articles I feel are important. (I don’t report on issues that are getting a lot of coverage from the news channels in most cases. ) Younger people are too busy to search out news so I do it for them.

This blog then is my contribution to the cause of liberty. We Americans are about to lose it and when we do then liberty will live no longer on Earth.

Sincerely, Brenda Bowers.

I would be happy to have conversations with you either on the posts when it is a topic you wish to expound on, or on my Blogger Conversations and Comments Page (at the very top of the site!) which I set up in the hopes of generating a free flow of ideas no matter what the topic. so Kevin do come over and visit anytime! 🙂 BB

I am trying to find an article Sir Winston Churchill wrote to people who, like me, were 21 on that day [May 10th 1961] in the ‘Daily Sketch’
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Churchill is one of my favorites too. Google “Winston Churchill speeches 1961” and a whole slew of references come up. And you may also check the references I have below. The last one I am pretty sure will have what you are looking for but they sell old news papers and I’m not sure you want to buy it.

Good luck. And thank you for stopping by. 🙂 BB

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Just to point one thing out, the quotation at the top that is attributed to Churchill is a very fine one. However originally it was George Santayana who said it. Does not take away any of the truth in it though

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“I get really upset that history is being rewritten about the Native Americans and slavery. The noble Red man was not all that noble truth be told. Yes the Whites broke treaty after treaty and the way the Cherokee nation was treated with the Trail of Tears was a sin we as a nation will pay for, but this has ever been the way of peoples thru out the eons: the weaker are taken over by the stronger. And as far as discrimination, well I remember being called a “hunky” because of my being only second generation northern European. It is just human nature and formation of the pecking order in society. It’s not right but then neither is the appendix either but we have the sucker sitting there just waiting to grab us.”

Wow, this sounds like a “poor victim” rant if you ask me. For future reference. It’s revisionist to follow fact with the word “but”, because you essentially dismiss the fact as insignificant; something that’s been done on the slavery topic for decades now – you know, the whole “Get over it” argument. And “hunky”? Really? That compares to “Ni**er” and “C**n” and “Sp**k” and lynchings, rapes, crosses on lawns, spitting in faces, hosing down people and turning dogs loose on families? The answer is “No, it’s even close”.

And I won’t say much more about the original post, except that you provide your own contradiction. You ASSUME you know which Roosevelt he was referring to, which if you assumed wrong, a conversation did happen. You imply that dropping the atomic bomb is the better choice over diplomacy. And you reference a few journalists (who weren’t partisan at all….right) to support your claim that JFK (one of the most respected presidents ever) was weak because he didn’t finish the job with Cuba. I guess that makes Bush I weak since Sadaam only killed more people after he didn’t finish the job the first time.

Your bias and dislike for President Obama is crystal clear and weakly backed with supporting evidence. But like most like you, not suprising. You probably think Bush II (you know the president that actually had shoes thrown at his head – which actually is THE actual worst sign of hate; not stepping on a picture.

At least you admitted Iraq was a bunch a BS resulting in thousands of our brothers and sisters killed – for greed.

🙂 And you too are welcome Dave Darlin’. This is an equal opportunity site.

Now aren’t we all happy that some one knowledgeable in international protocol collared our President and this time he didn’t bow to President Hu?! BB

this isnt your quote!!! you stealed it from george Santayana

First of all anonymous, “stealed”? OK, anyways, so the quote has been repeated and paraphrased by many of the worlds thinkers many times and no one can possibly know precisely who coined it first. This is the sort of distracting and implausible fallacy, which is designed and intended to “discredit” another person’s argument. I have heard that Santayana coined it first…so what then? Also Brenda does not imply anywhere within this article that it IS her quote. So really, what’s your point?

At any rate I applaud this article Brenda. It is the only one here I have read so far, but I am of similar thought on these subjects and will subscribe and read more. If you feel so inclined, check out my blog. I am new to this and do not possess the usual “formal” “certificates” of “education”, but I assure you that my ability to think critically and reason logically and efficiently is evident in my writing, and that my lacking these contemporary “required credentials” one is expected to possess in order to have a “right” to argue at all does not preclude my ability to think and perform a plausible argument for liberty and free will. Though my writing can be improved upon, it’s just that, with so much on my mind, I sometimes rush and article. So bear with me on my style, I’m working on it…

I would also add that regardless of what political side anyone may have convinced themselves to be on, that we are facing a war here in America and around the world, that it is not Republicans against Democrats, liberals against conservatives, it is a war between liberty and the state, free will against slavery. Period.

You may have already heard of the Von Mises Institute, but I thought I’d mention it here and also mention and recommend Ludwig Von Mises’s book- one of many- “Human Action”.
Here is their link:
Thank you, Steve

Awesome, thanks!

I woud like to correct some of your own errors:

” Those who don’t remember the past, are doomed to repeat it”…George Santana in 1906. This was the originator of the phrase, Churchill altered the phrase, as many others have done.

FDR negotiated with Japan to try and avoid the events that followed Dec 7th, 1941.

To meet with your current enemy, is to learn his methodology, mindset and
determination. This is a criteria that all great generals have utilized with great
success….obviously you haven’t learned from the past!…mother0225

FDR NEVER negotiated with Japan AFTER December 7ty 1941 is what was said. BB

Churchill didn’t say that; it was George Santayana. So, you start out wrong and just keep going from there. Typical right-wing ignoramous.

What’s with this George Santayana thing?! In Call of Duty they give credit to Churchill. Done. Great article Brenda.

It’s Santayana. You’re using a video game as a reference source?
You’re wrong. Done. (I’m a librarian and, as you might have guessed, a Jeopardy champion.)

I am disheartened that the belief that “those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it” can be conflated to mean “the past is our destiny”. If this were so, then the America which had “never lost a war” would have prevailed in Viet Nam, though you could argue that we “tied the war of 1812” (still not a lass). The belief that our destiny is the repeated past is very myopic. Did anyone foresee planes loaded with fuel and passengers being used as weapons of mass destruction? Yep. But a society that thinks the study of history makes us immune from mistakes in the future should have a sit-down with former President Bush and his advisors who ignored warnings about Al Quaida. The Germans actually posted a warning about luxury liners being attacked before the sank the Lusitania , but no one believed that could happen since it hadn’t happened in the past. Tragic.

The past certainly is not our destiny UNLESS we forget the lessons learned in the past! BB

An impressive share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a friend who had been conducting a little homework on this. And he actually ordered me lunch because I discovered it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending time to talk about this subject here on your internet site.

Hey there! This is kind of off topic but I need some help from an established blog.
Is it very difficult to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast. I’m thinking about creating my own but I’m not sure where to start. Do you have any points or suggestions? Many thanks

Before you puff yourself up too much it was Edmund Berke who said “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.”. Churchill and Santana were only paraphasing him.

I am 16 and feel bad for you liberals who don’t know jack squat. If you liberals would’ve read all the posts you would’ve seen that the first person to say “If you don’t know history, you’re bound to repeat it,” was Socrates. It is also sad to see you liberals result to name calling instead of backing up your argument with facts like the rest of us. I know much more than the average kid these days, courtesy of my dad. If you want real, solid information read Glenn Beck’s book called Cowards and get the infamous articles called The Early Warning Report written by Richard Maybury. This country has gone so far down the drain that in my house we say, “When I become dictator…” not “When I become president..” because if Obama can get away with some of the things he is, then there is a more than slim chance I could be dictator. He is a muslim. Argue that with facts

Churchill must have got it from George Santayna, who said it first.

I have been informed by commenters that Plato was the first to say this. I think I will settle the question once and for all and take credit for the saying myself! 🙂 BB

I am a former teacher and my degree was not in education but rather history. The quote you use reminded me of this “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana, The Life of Reason (1905-1906)

I too am a former teacher with a degree in elementary education and majors also in history, English and Home Economics. I hope you read all the comments that this particular blog post has engendered because there are many opinions on it. One quote I am sure no one will disagree with and I have no idea who said it first: “Opinions are like ass holes as everybody has one!”. 🙂 welcome to my site and do please come back sometime. BB
PS: I too enjoy reading George Santayana.

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Thank you for stopping by Miles. I am not as actively writing as I once was—at 72 just don’t have the energy. 🙂 I do read a lot however and then try to pass on the best of the information I gather during the day. I use Heritage a great deal althou it is certainly not my only source as I have many sources. I use Heritage Newsletter and Heritage Outlook to pass on to my readers because I find their articles the most comprehensive and well-written. BB

According to the National Churchill Museum, Winston Churchill never said anything close to this quote which is attributed to him as a paraphrase of George Santayana’s quote. Here is a blog from the museum’s site about their search. They are the authority on what he did and didn’t say.

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FDR and Truman were in hot world war and it was clear it was a fight to the end.
President Oboma is not in a hot with the “enemies” to whom he was referring. You need to learn real history and stop just attacking our first black president. It was not Iran who caused 9/11 but our friends, the Saudies. The Shaw of Iran who the US supported was a horrible man to his people. It led to the hostage take over In Iran. The Iranians had no right to do what they did. I do not think the current government of Iran is good. We are not in a hot war with them. Israel and Egypt fought several hot wars and yet there leaders meet and agreed to a peace settlement. During World War II American business was still trading with germinate. Levels below the president were meeting with the Japanese Germans and Italians to try to work towards a piece. that piece would have been unconditional surrender the same as what ended up happening. What military experience have you and Dallas W had? I have 20 years as a military officer. Don Beale

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I Cannot Thank You enough for This Short History lesson. I find it particularly amusing that as a teenager I absolutely Hated History or any field of study having to with The Past. Only to Realize through my Love of Stories, That I didn’t hate History at All, because I have an Affinity for Origins. It’s a little difficult for one to say They Love Origins and Hate History in The same Breath. Which is What lead Me to Your Post. I was remembering a line from The Movie “Excalibur”, when Merlin says, “For it is The Doom of Men that They Forget”. I likened That to The Quote: “Those who fail to learn from History are Doomed to repeat it”. I was fairly certain it was Winston Churchill who first said it but I wasn’t absolutely sure. Thank You so Much for The Clarification.

Dear Vince, Happy to hear from you. As you can see there have been many comments on this particular post and as I state above the post was not even mine! My friend Dallas and I grew up at the same time and therefore lived thru much of the 20th century not as just as people living in their own little shells but as ardent observers and participants in life, so when he sent me this post I had to pass it on to others. I have been careful; to always pass on the comments to him also. He will be happy to receive yours. Sincerely, BB

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” (The Life of Reason: Reason in Common Sense. Scribner’s, 1905: 284) George Santayana (1863-1952), American writer, poet and philosopher.

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Was researching the Churchill quote and came across this site. Just want to say how prophetic you were in 2008! It is clear now to the whole world that our current president is extremely weak in his foreign policy! His idea of negotiation is to give our enemies everything they ask for, as he has proven twice now when he gave back ALL the demanded prisoners for one Bo Bergdahl (a deserter), and is giving in to all Iran’s demands in lifting sanctions to give Iran access to billions of dollars. I am incredulous every day with each news report that comes out of DC!

I am almost stunned at the number of people that ‘leap all over’ the idea that Churchill was certainly not the first to make such a statement. I personally was unaware that it Plato (as far as history knows) that made this sort of statement. However, that aside, who made the statement is completely irrelevant to the point of the post!

As to the commenter on the ‘hot wars,” this is a ‘new age’ and world wars and wars of the past are rather unlikely today.

The whole point of the post, I think, is that by not knowing history, one is much more likely to make the kinds of mistake that were made in the past in addition to the new one that the human mind can conceive. The more that you understand about past events the more likely that you will correctly predict effective future behavior and the better you will be able to evaluate the results that you do see… possibly early enough to avoid another catastrophe.

Brenda, thank you so much for your contributions!

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