Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (17701831)
Rulers, Statesmen, Nations, are wont to be emphatically commended to the teaching which experience offers in history. But what experience and history teach is thisthat peoples and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it. Each period is involved in such peculiar circumstances, exhibits a condition of things so strictly idiosyncratic, that its conduct must be regulated by considerations connected with itself, and itself alone.
GEORG WILHELM FRIEDRICH HEGEL, The Philosophy of History, trans. J. Sibree, vol. 10, Introduction, p. 6 (1899).