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    Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it

    "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it"


    My dictionary says 'be condemned to' means 'be destined to' or 'be forced to', and I wonder

    which meaning can be applied in this case.



    Thank you. ^-^

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    Re: Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it

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    I'd say that "be destined to" is what it means.

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    Re: Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it"


    My dictionary says 'be condemned to' means 'be destined to' or 'be forced to', and I wonder

    which meaning can be applied in this case.



    Thank you. ^-^
    I think both meanings could apply to this quotation.

    The following URL might be helpful: What does "Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it." mean? - Yahoo! Answers

    "Human nature has remained more or less constant throughout the centuries and many of the issues we face today are at least similar in some respects to the problems of the past. By taking note of the bad decisions persons made in the past by following natural human inclinations, we can avoid the temptation to make a similar bad decision today if faced with a similar situation. But, if we forget the lesson of the past, we will most likely follow the same natural human inclination and make the same mistake as persons did in the past."

    Paraphrasing George Santayana's quote: "Those who cannot remember the past
    are destined to repeat it"; or "Those who cannot remember the past may be forced to repeat it". Both meanings work for me and capture the essence of Santayana's point.



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    Re: Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it

    I'd say that if you believe in destiny, then "are destined to repeat it" would be acceptable.
    If you don't believe in fate, "forced to" would work.
    Last edited by JohnParis; 19-Mar-2012 at 08:34.

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    Re: Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnParis View Post
    I'd say that if you believe in destiny, then "are destined to repeat it" would be acceptable.
    If you don't believe in fate, "forced to" would work.
    I think "destined" can be used in a non-magical way. "If you keep playing with fire, you're destined to get burnt one day." Its a reference to real-life probabilities rather than anything mystical; and I think the original saying means this.

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