Ancestry Quotes

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


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

Lord Chesterfield

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


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

Mark Twain

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

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


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


A man who prides himself on his ancestry is like the potato plant, the best part of which is underground.

Spanish Proverb

Birth and ancestry, and that which we have not ourselves achieved, we can scarcely call our own


History remembers only the celebrated, genealogy remembers them all.

Laurence Overmire

Man is physically as well as metaphysically a thing of shreds and patches, borrowed unequally from good and bad ancestors, and a misfit from the start.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man finds room in the few square inches of the face for the traits of all his ancestors; for the expression of all his history, and his wants.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The hero's will is not that of his ancestors nor of his society, but his own. This will to be oneself is heroism.

Ortega y Gassett

Our defence is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.

Abraham Lincoln
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