Some people are your relatives but others are your ancestors, and you choose the ones you want to have as ancestors. You create yourself out of those values.
Is anyone simply by birth to be applauded or punished?
The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses.
Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.
Whoever serves his country well has no need of ancestors.
Unworthy offspring brag the most about their worthy descendants.
Breed is stronger than pasture.
Good breeding, a union of kindness and independence.
I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
We are linked by blood, and blood is memory without language.
Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.
Mules are always boasting that their ancestors were horses.
Clever father, clever daughter; clever mother, clever son.
I don't have to look up my family tree, because I know that I'm the sap.
Genealogy. An account of one's descent from an ancestor who did not particularly care to trace his own.