Sermon quotes on repetition

Frederic Bastiat

Repetition may not entertain, but it teaches.

G.K. Chesterton

Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be an automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.


G.K. Chesterton

The repetition in Nature may not be a mere recurrence; it may be a theatrical encore.

The Essential Gilbert K. Chesterton, Simon and Schuster, 2013, p.44.

Will Durant

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

George Eliot

Iteration, like friction, is likely to generate heat instead of progress.

The Mill On The Floss, 2016,  p.186.

Bill Holm

Keep practicing until it lives inside you; then it will seem foolishly easy to the unpracticed.

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Søren Kierkegaard

Repetition is the reality and the seriousness of life

Latin Adage

Repetitio mater studiorum est. (Repetition is the mother of learning.)

F.B. Meyer

Christ’s work needs no repetition. It is final because it is perfect.

Kathleen Norris

Like liturgy, the work of cleaning draws much of its meaning and value from repetition, from the fact that it is never completed, but only set aside until the next day. Both liturgy and what is euphemistically termed “domestic” work also have an intense relation with the present moment, a kind of faith in the present that fosters hope and makes life seem possible in the day-to-day.

Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy, and “Women’s Work” (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1998).

George Orwell 

We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.

Bob Ross

Don’t be afraid to scrape the paint off and do it again. This is the way you learn, trial and error, over and over, repetition. It pays you great dividends, great, great dividends.

Peter Schmidt

Repetition is a form of change

Charles Spurgeon

The repetition of small efforts will accomplish more than the occasional use of great talents.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is repetition everywhere, and nothing is found only once in the world.

John Wooden

The eight laws of learning are explanation, demonstration, imitation, repetition, repetition, repetition, repetition, repetition.

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