There is nothing new, except what has been forgotten.

The title of this post is a quote that has been ascribed to Marie Antoinette,  a remarkable personality by all accounts. This quote has long been a favourite of mine when occasions arise when I can quote it.

Another similar adage is “History repeats itself”.

Let me give the latest instance when I used it.

I received an SOS from a young lad that his father, a friend of mine, is interfering in the bringing up of the former’s child. I called my friend to remonstrate and reminded him as to how he felt when his parents interfered in the bringing up of the same child that he was trying to influence now. And, I could not resist the temptation to use this quote for effect! And to add some spice to the discussion I also said that there is nothing called the generation gap and that there was only a memory gap.

This topic was chosen by me for the weekly Friday 2 on 1 blog post where Shackman and I post on the same subject. Please see what Shackman has to say too.

22 thoughts on “There is nothing new, except what has been forgotten.”

  1. Ahhh, history…we ignore it at our peril! I can’t remember who said that, but somehow it emerged from the depths of my memory! Fortunately, there is always someone in our circle who is willing (and very able) to remind us about the mistakes we may be repeating!

  2. It must be infuriating to parents when other people feel entitled to advise them on their child-rearing. Good for you having a word with the father.

    So that’s what tales are for!

    1. I would not normally dare to advice anyone. In this case, the relationship with that family is very close and in fact, that is why the lad asked me to butt in.

  3. My “folks” like the statement “what goes around comes around”. Pretty much means the same as the two statements above but we’re not big on directly copying from “the man” lol

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