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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

Mules are always boasting that their ancestors were horses.


Is anyone simply by birth to be applauded or punished?


Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.


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.


A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbours.

William Ralph Inge

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

Mark Twain

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

Good breeding, a union of kindness and independence.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

George Bernard Shaw

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


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

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

Will Rogers

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


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


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

Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Fred A. Allen

The contents of someone's bookcase are part of his history, like an ancestral portrait. (About Books; Recoiling, Rereading, Retelling, New York Times, February 22, 1987)

Anatole Broyard

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

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


Heredity is nothing, but stored environment.

Luther Burbank

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


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

Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder

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

Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder

If the means were available, we could trace our ancestry - yours and mine - back to the first blob of life-like material that came into being on the planet.

Clifford D. Simak

It is worthwhile for anyone to have behind him a few generations of honest, hard-working ancestry.

John Phillips Marquand

The man who has nothing to boast of but his illustrious ancestry is like the potato - the best part under ground.

Thomas Overbury

Descendants of New England pioneers are proud of their ancestry and glad to proclaim the fact that so far as the United States are concerned, New England is in deed the cradle of religious liberty.

Paul Harris

When you start about family, about lineage and ancestry, you are talking about every person on earth.

Alex Haley

Maybe if I go far enough back into my ancestry, I have African roots or something. I've got no idea.

Mick Taylor

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

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.


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

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

And, you know, the fact is, if you believe in evolution, we all have a common ancestor, and we all have a common ancestry with the plant in the lobby. This is what evolution tells us. And, it's true. It's kind of unbelievable.

Jeff Hawkins

If we remind ourselves of the fact that every fifth American today rightly points and perhaps also with a certain degree of pride to his German ancestry or her German ancestry, we can safely say that we, indeed, share common roots.

Angela Merkel

I get anxious. That lovely Jewish guilt that comes with ancestry.

Maya Rudolph

Some men by ancestry are only the shadow of a mighty name.


Character is better than ancestry, and personal conduct is of more importance than the highest.

Thomas John Barnardo

Distinctions between citizens solely because of their ancestry are by their very nature odious to a free people whose institutions are founded upon the doctrine of equality.

Harlan Stone

By ancestry, I was born to rule.

Nelson Mandela

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

Nicholas Boileau

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