„… the dogma that History is just "one damned thing after another…."“
"Law and Freedom in History," <i>A Study of History</i>, Vol. 2 (1957). The embedded quotation is attributable to Elbert Hubbard.
— Edna St. Vincent Millay American poet 1892 - 1950
From an October 1930 letter to Arthur Davison Ficke, as variously described by her biographers, e.g.:
[L]ife was not so much "one damn thing after another" as "one damn thing over and over"
As paraphrased ("she had sent [...] a half-comic note, complaining that...") with quoted phrases in Jean Gould, The Poet and Her Book: A Biography of Edna St. Vincent Millay (1969), p. 198
[L]ife isn't one thing after another, it's the same thing over and over
As paraphrased ("she writes that...") and apparently Bowlderized in Miriam Gurko, Restless spirit: the life of Edna St. Vincent Millay (1962), p. 197
[I]t was not true that life is one damn thing after another — it was one damn thing over and over
As paraphrased ("Edna had written [...] that...") in Joan Dash, A Life of One's Own: Three Gifted Women and the Men they Married (1973), p. 189
The paraphrase by Dash appears to be the origin of later popularly attributed variants, e.g.:
It is not true that life is one damn thing after another. It's the same damn thing over and over.
As attributed without citation in Psychoanalysis Today: A Case Book (1991) by Elizabeth Thorne and Shirley Herscovitch Schaye, p. 93
It is not true that life is one damn thing after another. It's the same dang thing over and over again.
As attributed without citation in The Last Word: A Treasury of Women's Quotes (1992) by Carolyn Warner
— Richard Carlson Author, psychotherapist and motivational speaker 1961 - 2006
Quelle: Don't Sweat the Small Stuff ... and it's all small stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life
— Boris Johnson British politician, historian and journalist 1964
"Exams work because they're scary", Daily Telegraph, 12 May 2005, p. 22.
— Karel Čapek, R.U.R.
— Oscar Wilde, buch The Happy Prince and Other Tales
Quelle: The Happy Prince and Other Tales
— Marcus Manilius, Astronomica
Book I, line 90.
Original: (la) Semper enim ex aliis alias proseminat usus.
— Horace, buch Epistles
Book II, epistle ii, line 55
Epistles (c. 20 BC and 14 BC)
Original: (la) Singula de nobis anni praedantur euntes.
„Except for the people who were there that one day they discovered the polio vaccine, being part of history is rarely a good idea. History is one war after another with a bunch of murders and natural disasters in between.“
— Sarah Vowell, buch Assassination Vacation
Quelle: Assassination Vacation (2005), p. 208
„I’ve been through a lot of hearings about one damn thing and another. Most of the time they’re exercises in ass covering. If the unvarnished truth ever came out at one, it would be because someone screwed up.“
— Daniel Abraham speculative fiction writer from the United States 1969
Quelle: Caliban's War (2012), Chapter 9 (pp. 93-94)
„All the things that happen and seem so important at the time, and yet you forget them, one after another.“
— Thomas M. Disch Novelist, short story writer, poet 1940 - 2008
Emancipation: A Romance of the Times to Come (1971)
„When the Church says that, in the dogmas of religion, reason is totally incompetent and blind, and its use to be reprehended, this really attests the fact that these dogmas are allegorical in their nature, and are not to be judged by the standard which reason, taking all things sensu proprio, can alone apply. Now the absurdities of a dogma are just the mark and sign of what is allegorical and mythical in it.“
— Arthur Schopenhauer, The Christian System
"The Christian System" in Religion: A Dialogue, and Other Essays (1910) as translated by Thomas Bailey Saunders, p. 105
Kontext: When the Church says that, in the dogmas of religion, reason is totally incompetent and blind, and its use to be reprehended, this really attests the fact that these dogmas are allegorical in their nature, and are not to be judged by the standard which reason, taking all things sensu proprio, can alone apply. Now the absurdities of a dogma are just the mark and sign of what is allegorical and mythical in it. In the case under consideration, however, the absurdities spring from the fact that two such heterogeneous doctrines as those of the Old and New Testaments had to be combined. The great allegory was of gradual growth. Suggested by external and adventitious circumstances, it was developed by the interpretation put upon them, an interpretation in quiet touch with certain deep-lying truths only half realised. The allegory was finally completed by Augustine, who penetrated deepest into its meaning, and so was able to conceive it as a systematic whole and supply its defects.
„The problem with aging is not that it’s one damn thing after another—it’s every damn thing, all at once, all the time.
You can’t stop aging. Gene therapies and replacement organs and plastic surgery give it a good fight. But it catches up with you anyway. Get a new lung, and your heart blows a valve. Get a new heart, and your liver swells up to the size of an inflatable kiddie pool. Change out your liver, a stroke gives you a whack. That’s aging’s trump card; they still can’t replace brains.“
— John Scalzi American science fiction writer 1969
Quelle: Old Man’s War (2005), Chapter 1 (p. 14)
— Clarence Darrow American lawyer and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union 1857 - 1938
As quoted in Peter's Quotations: Ideas For Our Time (1977) edited by Laurence J. Peter, p. 248