Marcus Tullius CiceroMarcus Tullius Cicero, (106-43 B.C.) Roman Statesman, Philosopher and Orator

Marcus Tullius Cicero Quote

β€œTo be ignorant of what happened before you were born... is to live the life of a child for ever.”

Marcus Tullius CiceroMarcus Tullius Cicero
~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

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allen, DC
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allen, DC    6/15/10

then we are a nation of children...

Judith, New Mexico

True Allen, but then add to that being ignorant of what is happening while you are living, as so many Americans are these days and you have a setting for the slaughter of the lambs.

J Carlton, Calgary

Real history is not taught in schools. We must work to find and share truth in order to understand how we've arrived at this place. In order to effect change. Take out the trash in November.

Mike, Norwalk

Judith, well said. It appears the patrons and other children of the statist theocracy that infests this land are proud of their ignorance, and would have it no other way. The pridefully ignorant have not only encouraged enslavement, they have brought about the end of the noble sovereign's freedom and liberty through politically correct pride, apathy, and a vain claim to security. The near future and beyond's play ground has the look and feel of being doomed by history's vibrantly illustrated panavision.

Wayne, Naples

A child has no power in shaping his future.

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RBESRQ    6/15/10

Ignorance takes on many forms; for some its just laziness; a matter of the genre pool; a poor education; a belief in authority; a belief in religious dogma; but worst of all is the ignorance that is self manifested for reasons of comfort and greed. I also love this one: "Any frontal attack on ignorance is bound to fail because the masses are always ready to defend their most precious possession – their ignorance." Hendrik Willem van Loon - "We are born without knowledge and most die as such" RBE.

aa, hb
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aa, hb    6/15/10
E Archer, NYC

Few have the guts to admit that they 'do not know.'

Luigi, Fort Worth

A little too cerebral for a YOUNG child, but a good answer to the child which asks "Why do I need to study history, anyway?" Never a problem for me since, for dome reason, I found the study of history beyond the public school "swill" completely entertaining. Still do, and I appreciate that there are many others that find it so.


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