History Quotes: Roman Empire Wisdom

Young Cicero Reading, 1464 fresco by Vincenzo Foppa, courtesy of Wikimedia/Wallace Collection

Reflections on history for January 20, 2017, reaching back to the ancient Romans:

“To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?”― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Say not always what you know, but always know what you say.” — Claudius

“And in a short while the generations of living creatures are changed and like runners relay the torch of life.” — Lucretius