Quotations The Best Quotes About Ancestry  

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

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

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

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

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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. Sir William Schwenck Gilbert

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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Every man is an omnibus in which his ancestors ride.

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Breed is stronger than pasture. George Eliot

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

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The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses. Ovid

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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.

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Is anyone simply by birth to be applauded or punished?

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

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

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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

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

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

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Mules are always boasting that their ancestors were horses.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Unworthy offspring brag the most about their worthy descendants.

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