Best Quotes about Ancestry
Unworthy offspring brag the most about their worthy descendants.
Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrations and revolutionists.
Roosevelt, Franklin D.
I don't have to look up my family tree, because I know that I'm the sap.
Allen, Fred A.
It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
None of us can boast about the morality of our ancestors. The record does not show that Adam and Eve were ever married.
Howe, Edgar Watson
The person who has nothing to brag about but their ancestors is like a potato; the best part of them is underground.
Overbore, Sir Thomas
I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
Is anyone simply by birth to be applauded or punished?
No one is better born than another, unless they are born with better abilities and a more amiable disposition.
Heredity is nothing, but stored environment.
The kind of ancestors we have had is not as important as the kind of descendants our ancestors have.
Every man is an omnibus in which his ancestors ride.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell
Englishmen hate Liberty and Equality too much to understand them. But every Englishman loves a pedigree.
Shaw, George Bernard
The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses.
High birth is an accident, not a virtue.
Genealogy. An account of one's descent from an ancestor who did not particularly care to trace his own.
Mules are always boasting that their ancestors were horses.
Those who boast of their descent, brag on what they owe to others.
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.
The scholar without good breeding is a nitpicker; the philosopher a cynic; the soldier a brute and everyone else disagreeable.
Good breeding is the result of good sense, some good nature, and a little self-denial for the sake of others.
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.
Reade, W. Winwood
They talk about their Pilgrim blood, their birthright high and holy! a mountain-stream that ends in mud thinks is melancholy.
Lowell, James Russell
If your descent is from heroic sires, show in your life a remnant of their fires.
We are linked by blood, and blood is memory without language.
Oates, Joyce Carol
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.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell
My ancestors didn't come over on the Mayflower, but they were there to meet the boat.
From our ancestors come our names from our virtues our honor.
Nothing is so soothing to our self esteem as to find our bad traits in our forebears. It seems to absolve us.
Brooks, Van Wyck
He who boasts of his descent, praises the deed of another.
Clever father, clever daughter; clever mother, clever son.
Hereditary honors are a noble and a splendid treasure to descendants.
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