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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Marcus Tullius Cicero (106–43 B.C.)
QUOTATION: To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.
ATTRIBUTION: MARCUS TULLIUS CICERO, Orator, chapter 34, section 120.—Cicero: Brutus, Orator, trans. H. M. Hubbell, p. 395 (1939).

This work appeared in 46 B.C. and is sometimes confused with his earlier De Oratore, which appeared in 55 B.C.
SUBJECTS: Children