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

Abraham Lincoln

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

Mules are always boasting that their ancestors were horses.

Proverbs

Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.

Voltaire

Is anyone simply by birth to be applauded or punished?

Hitopadesa

Unworthy offspring brag the most about their worthy descendants.

Danish proverb

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

Joyce Carol Oates

The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses.

Ovid

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

Ambrose Bierce

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

Mark Twain

Breed is stronger than pasture.

George Eliot

Whoever serves his country well has no need of ancestors.

Voltaire

It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.

Plutarch

Good breeding, a union of kindness and independence.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Gentility is what is left over from rich ancestors after the money is gone.

John Ciardi

Englishmen hate Liberty and Equality too much to understand them. But every Englishman loves a pedigree.

George Bernard Shaw

No one is better born than another, unless they are born with better abilities and a more amiable disposition.

Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder

The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who... looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space... on the infinite highway of the air.

Wilbur Wright

A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a selfish temper and confined views. People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.

Edmund Burke

My ancestors didn't come over on the Mayflower, but they were there to meet the boat.

Will Rogers

Hereditary honors are a noble and a splendid treasure to descendants.

Plato

Let us make future generations remember us as proud ancestors just as, today, we remember our forefathers.

Roh Moo-hyun

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

Proverbs

He who boasts of his descent, praises the deed of another.

Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder

Good breeding is the result of good sense, some good nature, and a little self-denial for the sake of others.

Lord Chesterfield

Stillness and steadiness of features are signal marks of good breeding. Vulgar persons can't sit still, or at least must always work their limbs and features.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Heredity is nothing, but stored environment.

Luther Burbank

From our ancestors come our names from our virtues our honor.

Proverbs

I don't have to look up my family tree, because I know that I'm the sap.

Fred A. Allen

The kind of ancestors we have had is not as important as the kind of descendants our ancestors have.

Unknown

Each has his own tree of ancestors, but at the top of all sits Probably Arboreal.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Those who boast of their descent, brag on what they owe to others.

Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder

Most of the ancestors that I can trace were born here in the United States of America. And then it goes back to slavery. And I'm sure my ancestors go all the way back to Africa, but I feel more of an affinity for America than I do for Africa. I'm a black man in America.

Herman Cain

There is no escape - we pay for the violence of our ancestors.

Frank Herbert

I'm just confused as to where we lost that in America because it is everyone's God-given right to think the way they think and that's fine. That's why our ancestors came here to America, to believe what they want, pray how they want and follow a religion with whoever they want.

Angie Harmon

But it is obvious that our fathers, whose efforts have planted these great and prosperous cities along the once lonely trails of our own broad land, received all the fundamentals of civilization as a heritage from their European ancestors.

James H. Breasted

OUR history begins before we are born. We represent the hereditary influences of our race, and our ancestors virtually live in us.

James Nasmyth

We must wake up to the insane reality of our time. We are all irresponsible, unless we demand from the responsible decision makers that modern armaments must no longer be made available to people whose former battle axes and swords our ancestors condemned.

Thor Heyerdahl

Many mathematicians derive part of their self-esteem by feeling themselves the proud heirs of a long tradition of rational thinking; I am afraid they idealize their cultural ancestors.

Edsger Dijkstra

We should not look down on our first ancestors.

Alice Walker

If your descent is from heroic sires, show in your life a remnant of their fires.

Nicholas Boileau

We must create the Georgia that our ancestors dreamed of, the Georgia that we dream of.

Mikhail Saakashvili

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

There is nothing glorious about what our ancestors call history. It is simply a succession of mistakes, intolerances and violations.

Claude Vorilhon

Sweden is the home of my ancestors, and I have reserved a special place in my heart for Sweden.

Carl D. Anderson

Our cautious ancestors, when yawning, blocked the way to the entrance of evil spirits by putting their hands before their mouths. We find a reason for the gesture in the delicacy of manner which forbids an indecent exposure.

George H. Mead

Humans are upsetting a fragile balance that their own human ancestors established.

Joan D. Vinge

Some of my ancestors were religious dissenters who came to America over three hundred years ago. Others were abolitionists in New England in the eighteen forties and fifties.

Pete Seeger

The people of western Missouri are, in some respects, very peculiar. We will take Jackson county where I was born for instance. In that section the people seemed to be born fighters, the instinct being inherited from a long line of ancestors.

Cole Younger

With this realization, came a growing need for men and women willing to take up arms in an effort to protect our American way of life and the freedoms so many of our ancestors died to entrench.

Jim Walsh

We forget that the soul has its own ancestors.

James Hillman

I come from a family that has been here for almost 200 years. My ancestors started a very dangerous gunpowder business in 1802, and my great- grandfather and his father were both killed in gunpowder explosions.

Pete du Pont

I am, in point of fact, a particularly haughty and exclusive person, of pre-Adamite ancestral descent. You will understand this when I tell you that I can trace my ancestry back to a protoplasmal primordial atomic globule.

W. S. Gilbert

The person who has nothing to brag about but their ancestors is like a potato; the best part of them is underground.

Sir Thomas Overbore

There is a certain class of people who prefer to say that their fathers came down in the world through their own follies than to boast that they rose in the world through their own industry and talents. It is the same shabby-genteel sentiment, the same vanity of birth which makes men prefer to believe that they are degenerated angels rather than elevated apes.

W. Winwood Reade

Indeed, if our ancestors of millions of years ago hadn't learned how to care for one another and hunt in packs, they'd all have ended up being eaten by leopards.

Robert Shea

Big cities are chaotic. And chaos for humans - who have experience from their ancestors - is the last step before conflict. So, in the park, every kind of visual contradiction has been eliminated.

John Hench

I admire our ancestors, whoever they were. I think the first self-conscious person must have shaken in his boots. Because as he becomes self-conscious, he's no longer part of nature. He sees himself against nature. He looks at the vastness of the universe and it looks hostile.

John Shelby Spong

Latinos have fought in all of America's wars, beginning with the Revolutionary War. Many Latinos are fighting and dying for our country today in Iraq, just as several of their ancestors fought for freedom in Mexico over a century ago.

Joe Baca

Nothing is so soothing to our self esteem as to find our bad traits in our forebears. It seems to absolve us.

Van Wyck Brooks

The scholar without good breeding is a nitpicker; the philosopher a cynic; the soldier a brute and everyone else disagreeable.

Lord Chesterfield

Every man is an omnibus in which his ancestors ride.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

None of us can boast about the morality of our ancestors. The record does not show that Adam and Eve were ever married.

Edward W. Howe

We owe it to our ancestors to preserve entire those rights they have delivered to our care. We owe it to our posterity not to suffer their dearest inheritance to be destroyed.

Junius

In church your grandsire cut his throat; to do the job too long he tarried: he should have had my hearty vote to cut his throat before he married.

Jonathan Swift

I have often noticed that ancestors never boast of the descendants who boast of ancestors. I would rather start a family than finish one. Blood will tell, but often it tells too much.

Don Marquis

Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Crafts make us feel rooted, give us a sense of belonging and connect us with our history. Our ancestors used to create these crafts out of necessity, and now we do them for fun, to make money and to express ourselves.

Phyllis George

The precise form of an individual's activity is determined, of course, by the equipment with which he came into the world. In other words, it is determined by his heredity.

Henry Louis

They talk about their Pilgrim blood, their birthright high and holy! a mountain-stream that ends in mud thinks is melancholy.

James Russell Lowell

High birth is an accident, not a virtue.

Pietro Metastasio

The book begins and ends with the visits to give the impression of a tunnel into their ancestors and family history. I believe in going backwards into the past - I felt I was digging a tunnel back to the past.

Anita Desai

Distinguished ancestors shed a powerful light on their descendants, and forbid the concealment either of their merits or of their demerits.

Sallust

I think these people have betrayed or have forgotten their ancestors.

Zhu Rongji

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