While history (mankind's history) might have poor taste to repeat itself, the history of an art will not stand for repetitions. Art isn't there to be some great mirror registering all of History's ups and downs, variations, endless repetitions. Art is not a village band marching dutifully along at History's heels. Is is there to create it's own history, which in itself represents no value. The one thing that has some chance of enduring is the history of it's arts.
-From the Curtain by Milan Kundera