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George Santayana, a Spanish philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist, once said:

Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

  • This famous statement has produced many paraphrases and variants:
    • Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
    • Those who do not remember their past are condemned to repeat their mistakes.
    • Those who do not read history are doomed to repeat it.
    • Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors are destined to repeat them.

May  this End of the Year Survey be of  help as you enter 2009.

End of the Year Survey:

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

4. Did anyone close to you die

5. What countries did you visit?

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

9. What was your biggest failure? Not sure…

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

11. What was the best thing you bought

12. Where did most of your money go

13. What song will always remind you of 2008?

14. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder?

b) thinner or fatter?

c) richer or poorer?

15. What do you wish you’d done more of?

16. What do you wish you’d done less of?

17. How did you spend Christmas?

18. Did you fall in love in 2008? No.

19. What was your favorite TV program?

20. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

21. What was the best book you read?

22. What was your greatest musical discovery?

23. What did you want and get?

24. What did you want and not get?

25. What was your favorite film of this year?

26. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you

27. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

28. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?

29. What kept you sane?

30. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

31. What political issue stirred you the most

32. Who did you miss?

33. Who was the best new person you met?

34. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.

April 2020


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