• Rulers, Statesmen, Nations, are wont to be emphatically commended to the teaching which experience offers in history. But what experience and history teach is this - that people 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, Aakash Singh, Rimina Mohapatra (2008). “Reading Hegel: The Introductions”, p.115,