| 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.