"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it." George Santayana
This is one of those quotes that always seemed to make sense to me. Then I realized, it misses the mark in two ways:
1. Those who do learn from history often repeat it anyway. Israel, codependent spouses, alcoholics, warring nations, political parties, etc. may all have a decent grasp of their past and stil make the same dumb mistakes over and over and over.
2. Some lessons are better learned from a present and living God than from a history. Even God's history books in the bible, must be interpreted with the help of the spirit of the living God.
So, sorry George, no cigar. Nice saying, ok sentiment, but I am moving on.