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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. Ralph Ellison

I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be. Abraham Lincoln

Do well and you will have no need for ancestors. Voltaire (Fran

Unworthy offspring brag the most about their worthy descendants. Danish proverbs

Mules are always boasting that their ancestors were horses. Proverbs

The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses. Ovid

We are linked by blood, and blood is memory without language. Joyce Carol Oates

Genealogy. An account of one's descent from an ancestor who did not particularly care to trace his own. Ambrose Bierce

Breed is stronger than pasture. George Eliot

Is anyone simply by birth to be applauded or punished? Hitopadesa

Whoever serves his country well has no need of ancestors. Voltaire

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrations and revolutionists. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person. Mark Twain

Clever father, clever daughter; clever mother, clever son. Proverbs

Good breeding, a union of kindness and independence. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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