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History repeats itself comment on circumstances that replicate a previous situation; proverbial saying, mid 19th century. The comment was wryly extended by Rupert Brooke, in a letter of 1906, to ‘History repeats itself; historians repeat one another.’

the rest is history used to indicate that the events succeeding those already related are so well known that they need not be counted again.

See also happy is the country that has no history, drum-and-trumpet history, Father of History at father, future history.

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