there is nothing new under the sun

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Calque of Latin nihil sub sōle novum, itself a calque from the Hebrew אֵין כָּל חָדָשׁ תַּחַת הַשָּׁמֶשׁ(en kol chadásh táchat hashámesh, there is nothing new under the sun).[1]


there is nothing new under the sun

  1. There is nothing truly novel in existence. Every new idea has some sort of precedent or echo from the past.

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  1. ^ The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), London: [] Robert Barker, [], 1611, OCLC 964384981, Ecclesiastes 1:9, column 1: “ []; and there is no new thing vnder the ſunne.”.