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Tuesday April 02, 2002
11:35 AM

"Times are bad, ...

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... the young no longer respect their parents. And everyone is writing a book

That was Cicero, he died in 43 BC. Plus ça change eh?

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  • Do you know what book he said that in? I'd love to track down the original Latin.
    • The quote is apocryphal. If you want the works of Cicero in Latin, you can look here [thelatinlibrary.com]. I couldn't tell you what manuscript they used, however.
      • So it's not in Cicero, so I shouldn't bother looking? Or "apocryphal" in the sense that it's in a part of Cicero's works that really isn't in the received editions.
        • Correction - the attribution is apocryphal. It's not in any of his (surviving) works.

          Even if he *did* write it (in some work that didn't survive), I highly doubt it he invented it. It appears to me to be some sort of stock phrase, kind of like the modern "kids these days", or something to that effect.