英文諺語 History repeats itself
History repeats itself 歷史會重演
The same kinds of events seem to happen over and over.
If we consider “repeat” as both a metaphor and in terms of its connotation, we can understand what people mean by “history repeats itself,” and it actually emerges as a useful conceptual tool. As Mark Twain put it, “History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
The vast, vast majority of people don’t in anyway think that history literally, exactly repeats itself. Such would violate celebrated philosophies of free will. When people say that history repeats itself, they are generally thinking of broad patterns. Another way to describe these patterns or relationships would be to describe them as cause and effect relationships. They are thinking about the existence of and continuation ofWar, Poverty, Colonialism, Racism, Sexism, Classism, or Social movements, to list only a few of the repeated/unending phenomena of human history.
Bob: The country is headed for an economic depression.
Sarah: How do you know?
Bob: History repeats itself. The conditions now are just like the conditions before the last major depression.