Cicero, On Divination
2.24.51-52 (tr. W.A. Falconer):
But indeed, that was quite a clever remark which Cato made many years ago: "I wonder," said he, "that a soothsayer doesn't laugh when he sees another soothsayer." For how many things predicted by them really come true?
vetus autem illud Catonis admodum scitum est, qui mirari se aiebat quod non rideret haruspex haruspicem cum vidisset. quota enim quaeque res evenit praedicta ab istis?
Some books by the modern equivalents of ancient soothsayers:
- Robert Zuccaro, Dow 30,000 by 2008! Why It's Different This Time (Palisade Literary Press, 2001)
- James K. Glassman and Kevin Hassett, Dow 36,000: The New Strategy for Profiting From the Coming Rise in the Stock Market (Times Business, 1999)
- David Elias, Dow 40,000: Strategies for Profiting from the Greatest Bull Market in History (McGraw-Hill, 1999)
- Charles W. Kadlec, Dow 100,000: Fact or Fiction (New York Institute of Finance, 1999)
Dow Jones Industrial Average, January 6, 2009: 9,015.10.