(Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher. quoted in Satires, bk. 10, l. 122, Juvenal.
satirized by Juvenal as an example of Cicero's lack of poetic style (O fortunatam natam me consule Romam!).)
There is no greater sorrow than to recall a happy time in the midst of wretchedness.
(Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Italian poet. "Inferno," cto. 5, l. 121-3, The Divine Comedy (1321).
spoken by Francesca da Rimini. This thought appears in Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy, bk. 2 (6th century).)