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In a recent an essay at "The Atlantic" website the noted author John
Barth presented an English version of a quotation attributed to André
Gide. Off-list I was asked about his quote because a version was used
in a discussion group on 18th Century culture.
Website: The Atlantic
Title: Do I Repeat Myself?
Subtitle: The problem of the 'already said'
Author: John Barth
Section: Essays Fiction 2011
Date: July 5, 2011
If I could time-travel back to the Egyptian Middle Kingdom, I would
console Khakheperresenb with the familiar paraphrase of Walt Whitman:
"Do I repeat myself? Very well then, I repeat myself." Or André Gide’s
comforting remark, "Everything that needs to be said has already been
said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again."
Here is an alternative translation of the same expression given in an
Oxford Press reference, I believe.
Title: Oxford Treasury of Sayings and Quotations
Editor: Susan Ratcliffe
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Quote Page 321
(Google Books Preview)
Everything has been said before. But since nobody listens we have to
keep going back and beginning all over again.
André Gide 1869–1951: Le Traite du Narcisse
Here is a link to the original essay with the quotation in French, I
believe. The match in Google Books is blocked with "No Preview" mode,
so this link goes to the French section of Wikisource:
Title: Le Traité du narcissi: Théorie du symbole
Author: André Gide
Toutes choses sont dites déjà ; mais comme personne n’écoute, il faut
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org
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