A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from December 08, 2009
“Those who forget the pasta are condemned to reheat it”

George Santayana (1863-1952) wrote: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

“Those who forget (cannot remember) the pasta are condemned (doomed) to reheat it” is a humorous food variant cited since 1981.


Wikiquote: George Santayana
George Santayana (16 December 1863 in Madrid, Spain – 26 September 1952 in Rome, Italy), was a philosopher, essayist poet and novelist.
(...)
The Life of Reason (1905-1906)
Vol. I, Reason in Common Sense

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.

YAHOO! Answers
Are those who forget the pasta doomed to reheat it?
Best Answer - Chosen by Asker
I’m alfredo it’s true. If it happens hit the sauce if you need to, just don’t boil over and give someone a pizza your mind.

Google Books
Saturday Review
v. 8, nos. 7-12
1981
Pg. 82:
Those who cannot remember the pasta are condemned to reheat it. — Larry Hodges

Google Books
16 March 1987, New York magazine, pg. 137, col. 2:
CLAIBORNE GIVES TIPS FOR SPAGHETTI LEFTOVERS
Those who cannot remember the pasta are condemned to reheat it.
Cathy Staff, Plymouth, Mass.

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Newsgroups: alt.humor.puns
From: Stan Kegel
Date: 2000/01/24
Subject: Pasta

Those who forget the pasta are condemned to reheat it.

Google Groups: microsoft.public.powerpoint
Newsgroups: microsoft.public.powerpoint
From: “Steve Pryor”
Date: Fri, 11 May 2001 05:29:56 GMT
Local: Thurs, May 10 2001 11:29 pm
Subject: customizable handout masters?

those who forget the pasta are condemned to reheat it!

Google Books
China Bayles’ book of days:
365 celebrations of the mystery, myth, and magic of herbs from the world of Pecan Springs

By Susan Wittig Albert
New York, NY: Berkley Prime Crime
2006
Pg. 309:
Those who forget the pasta are condemned to reheat it.
-- UNKNOWN

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • (0) Comments • Tuesday, December 08, 2009 • Permalink