October 31, 2012

Knowing Is Not Doing

"If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience."

George Bernard Shaw
Late 19th/early 20th century Irish poet/co-found of the London School of Economics
(Contributed by Ron Hixon)

While I don't think the unexpected "always" happens, I do so enough to understand the point of this quote.

We are capable of learning from experience, we just don't choose to do so nearly enough.


  1. The more insecure a person is the less likely they are to look to the past for guidance in the future. They know they failed in some way previously and don't want to admit they likely will again in the future.

  2. Hard to argue with Russ's point but if he's also saying the majority of people are also insecure, that's too pessimistic for me.