Why waste your money looking up your family tree? Just go into politics and your opponent will do it for you.— Mark Twain
Sensational Family History quotations
If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.
The most common ego identifications have to do with possessions, the work you do, social status and recognition, knowledge and education, physical appearance, special abilities, relationships, person and family history, belief systems, and often also political, nationalistic, racial, religious, and other collective identifications. None of these is you.
If you don't recount your family history, it will be lost.
Honor your own stories and tell them too. The tales may not seem very important, but they are what binds families and makes each of us who we are.
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That's why we call it present.
Our family has lived in Iran for 2,500 years, and Iranian Jewry has the long history in that land.
When it comes to politics and elections, far too many Christians spend more time appealing to family, history and tradition, culture, racial expediency, and personal preference than they do to what the Bible teaches.
The history of mankind, the history of salvation, passes by way of the family.
.. The family is placed at the center of the great struggle between good and evil, between life and death, between love and all that is opposed to love.
Yesterday is a history; Tomorrow a mystery; Today is a gift; That's why we call it the present
I grew up in a very religious family, so that was never going to leave me.
I just accepted it over the years. Although I'm not religious myself, it is so much a part of me. It's a part of my history, a part of my tradition and my culture, so I don't want to just throw it away and leave it behind, because it's made me who I am today.
My mother, whom I love dearly, has continually revised my life story within the context of a complicated family history that includes more than the usual share of divorce, step-children, dysfunction, and obfuscation. I've spent most of my adult life attempting to deconstruct that history and separate fact from fiction.
My heart goes out to victims and survivors of the Hurricane Katrina tragedy and to their families. This disaster will go down in history books as one of the largest natural disasters in U.S. history.
The best thing in life are free.
Government schooling is the most radical adventure in history.
It kills the family by monopolizing the best times of childhood and by teaching disrespect for home and parents.
What I love about the stories of the Great Migration is that this is not ancient history; this is living history. Most people of color can find someone in their own family who had experienced a migration of some kind, knowing the sense of dislocation, longing and fortitude.
When I turned 30, due to my father's heart history and my family genetics, I vowed to start seeing a cardiologist every year and just really be proactive and take my own heart health into my own hands.
Family is not about blood. It's about who is willing to hold your hand when you need it the most.
In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage, to know who we are and where we came from.
The upward course of a nation's history is due in the long run to the soundness of heart of its average men and women
The Mathematician's Shiva is a brilliant and compelling family saga full of warmth, pathos, history, and humor, not to mention a cast of delightfully quirky characters, and a math lesson or two; all together, a winning equation! When Rojstaczer writes about mathematics, you'd think he was writing about poetry.
Life is short. Spend it with people who make you laugh and feel loved.
Remember the plants, trees, animal life who all have their families, their histories too. Talk to them, listen to them. They are alive poems.
We need to haunt the house of history and listen anew to the ancestors' wisdom.
I simply don't understand the refugee crisis.
The history of humanity can be told through a story of migration and settlement. If I can't protect my family, I'm coming to where you are; I'm just coming. It's a round world, and we've all got to get on with it and move on.
Family is not an important thing. It's everything.
I don't have the best family history heart-wise, so I really try to keep my heart strong.
Although there are those who wish to ban my books because I have used language that is painful, I have chosen to use the language that was spoken during the period, for I refuse to whitewash history. The language was painful and life was painful for many African Americans, including my family. I remember the pain.
Adolescence was invented in the 19th century to enable middle-class families to keep their children out of sweatshops. But it has degenerated into a process of enforced boredom and age segregation that has produced one of the most destructive social arrangements in human history: consigning 13-year-old males to learning from 15-year-old males.
Love your parents. We are so busy growing up, we often forget they are also growing old.
By 1914, the royal families of Europe were inbred to the point of pantomine.
You feel about them as you do about koalas. Nothing so stupid has any right to exist on the planet. On the other hand, they are rather cute, and in grave danger of extinction due to their specialised needs.
We are all engaged in the task of peeling off the false selves, the programmed selves, the selves created by our families, our culture, our religions. It is an enormous task because the history of women has been as incompletely told as the history of blacks.
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.
Maturity isn't a product of growing older. It's a product of growing wiser.
I almost fainted. There was no family history. I had been eating a vegetarian diet and I exercised.
And me having kids, with my family history? My mom: mentally ill, shot and killed her last husband. My father: six ex-wives, four heart attacks. Both of my parents think alcohol is a food group.
The best blended Scotch in the history of the world - which was also the favourite drink of the Iraqi Baath Party, as it still is of the Palestinian Authority and the Libyan dictatorship and large branches of the Saudi Arabian royal family - is Johnnie Walker Black. Breakfast of champions, accept no substitute.
Those who tell the stories rule society.
I wish I could have 25,000 years of my personal family history documented in a very powerful computer or a CD-ROM that I could just pop in and my computer would never crash
Most of our ancestors were not perfect ladies and gentlemen.
The majority of them weren't even mammals.
A seamlessly told and scrupulously detailed history of the Hartsoe clan of Haw County, North Carolina, Love and Lament is that rare novel that brings the gritty, rural past to vivid life. I could very nearly smell the moonshine (the moonshiners too!). Pass a few hours with Mary Bet Hartsoe and family. You won't regret it.
The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, is in its loyalty to each other.
The past is not dead - it isn't even past
The family is the engine that drives civilization.
Throughout history, those cultures that have failed to found their rules and attitudes of society on the central importance of the family unit have decayed and disintegrated.
In the richest country in the history of the world, this Obama economy has crushed the middle class. Family income has fallen by $4,000, but health insurance premiums are higher, food prices are higher, utility bills are higher, and gasoline prices have doubled. Today more Americans wake up in poverty than ever before.
Homosexuals can be, you know, committed to each other.
And they have freedom to behave in the ways that they do, but they cannot be a family. They cannot be married. I mean, virtually every culture in the history of the world has considered marriage to be between one woman and one man.
We're remembering each other's heroes, too.
We are learning each other's songs. We are reminding ourselves that we are a global family praying together. We're all trying to live in the light of the history that shines through the biblical narrative.