Ancestry Quotes

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I don’t have to look up my family tree, because I know that I’m the sap.
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Allen, Fred A.
1894-1957 American Radio Comic

Genealogy. An account of one’s descent from an ancestor who did not particularly care to trace his own.
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Bierce, Ambrose
1842-1914 American Author Editor Journalist The Devil’s Dictionary

If your descent is from heroic sires, show in your life a remnant of their fires.
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Boileau, Nicholas
1636-1711 French Literary Poet Critic

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

Heredity is nothing, but stored environment.
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Burbank, Luther
1849-1926 American Horticulturist

The scholar without good breeding is a nitpicker; the philosopher a cynic; the soldier a brute and everyone else disagreeable.
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Chesterfield, Lord
1694-1773 British Statesman Author

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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Chesterfield, Lord
1694-1773 British Statesman Author

Breed is stronger than pasture.
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Eliot, George
1819-1880 British Novelist

Good breeding, a union of kindness and independence.
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Emerson, Ralph Waldo
1803-1882 American Poet Essayist

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.
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Gilbert, W. S.
1836-1911 British Librettist

Is anyone simply by birth to be applauded or punished?
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Hitopadesa
600-1100 AD Sanskrit Fable From Panchatantra

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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Holmes, Oliver Wendell
1809-1894 American Author Wit Poet

Every man is an omnibus in which his ancestors ride.
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Holmes, Oliver Wendell
1809-1894 American Author Wit Poet

None of us can boast about the morality of our ancestors. The record does not show that Adam and Eve were ever married.
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Howe, Edgar Watson
1853-1937 American Journalist Author

I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
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Lincoln, Abraham
1809-1865 Sixteenth President of the USA

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.
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Louis, Henry

They talk about their Pilgrim blood, their birthright high and holy! a mountain-stream that ends in mud thinks is melancholy.
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Lowell, James Russell
1819-1891 American Poet Critic Editor

High birth is an accident, not a virtue.
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Metastasio, Pietro
1698-1782 Italian Poet

We are linked by blood, and blood is memory without language.
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Oates, Joyce Carol
1938 American Author

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

The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses.
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Ovid
BC 43-18 AD Roman Poet

Hereditary honors are a noble and a splendid treasure to descendants.
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Plato
BC 427-347 Greek Philosopher

It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
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Plutarch
46-120 AD Greek Essayist Biographer

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

Unworthy offspring brag the most about their worthy descendants.
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Proverb, Danish
Sayings of Danish Origin

Mules are always boasting that their ancestors were horses.
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Proverb, German
Sayings of German Origin

Clever father, clever daughter; clever mother, clever son.
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Proverb, Russian
Sayings of Russian Origin

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.
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Reade, W. Winwood
1838-1875 American Writer

My ancestors didn’t come over on the Mayflower, but they were there to meet the boat.
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Rogers, Will
1879-1935 American Humorist Actor

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrations and revolutionists.
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Roosevelt, Franklin D.
1882-1945 Thirty-second President of the USA

Those who boast of their decent, brag on what they owe to others.
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Seneca
4 BC � 65 AD Spanish-born Roman Statesman philosopher

No one is better born than another, unless they are born with better abilities and a more amiable disposition.
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Seneca
4 BC � 65 AD Spanish-born Roman Statesman philosopher

He who boasts of his descent, praises the deed of another.
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Seneca
4 BC � 65 AD Spanish-born Roman Statesman philosopher

Englishmen hate Liberty and Equality too much to understand them. But every Englishman loves a pedigree.
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Shaw, George Bernard
1856-1950 Irish-born British Dramatist

Each has his own tree of ancestors, but at the top of all sits Probably Arboreal.
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Stevenson, Robert Louis
1850-1895 Scottish Essayist Poet Novelist

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.
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Swift, Jonathan
1667-1745 Anglo-Irish Satirist

Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.
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Twain, Mark
1835-1910 American Humorist Writer

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

Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.
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Voltaire
1694-1778 French Historian Writer

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