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.
Hereditary honors are a noble and a splendid treasure to descendants.
Breed is stronger than pasture.
Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.
Each has his own tree of ancestors, but at the top of all sits Probably Arboreal.
Every man is an omnibus in which his ancestors ride.
Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.
Good breeding, a union of kindness and independence.
He who boasts of his descent, praises the deed of another.
Heredity is nothing, but stored environment.
If your descent is from heroic sires, show in your life a remnant of their fires.
It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
No one is better born than another, unless they are born with better abilities and a more amiable disposition.
None of us can boast about the morality of our ancestors. The record does not show that Adam and Eve were ever married.
Nothing is so soothing to our self esteem as to find our bad traits in our forebears. It seems to absolve us.
Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrations and revolutionists.
The kind of ancestors we have had is not as important as the kind of descendants our ancestors have.
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.
They talk about their Pilgrim blood, their birthright high and holy! a mountain-stream that ends in mud thinks is melancholy.
Unworthy offspring brag the most about their worthy descendants.
We are linked by blood, and blood is memory without language.
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