Ancestry Quotes

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

Proverb

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.

Plato

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

It is fortunate to come of distinguished ancestry. - It is not less so to be such that people do not care to inquire whether you are of high descent or not.

George Bernard Shaw

Few sons attain the praise Of their great sires and most their sires disgrace.

Homer

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

Lucan

A degenerate nobleman, or one that is proud of his birth, is like a turnip. There is nothing good of him but that which is underground.

Samuel Butler

Some decent regulated pre-eminence, some preference (not exclusive appropriation) given to birth, is neither unnatural, nor unjust, nor impolite.

Edmund Burke

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

Spanish Proverb

When you start about family, about lineage and ancestry, you are talking about every person on earth.

Alex Haley

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

Ovid

Distinctions between citizens solely because of their ancestry are by their very nature odious to a free people whose institutions are founded upon the doctrine of equality.

Harlan Stone

Character is better than ancestry, and personal conduct is of more importance than the highest.

Thomas John Barnardo

History remembers only the celebrated, genealogy remembers them all.

Laurence Overmire

Every social trait labelled masculine or feminine is in truth a human trait. It is our human right to develop and contribute our talents whatever our race, sex, religion, ancestry, age. Human rights are indivisible!

Wilma Scott Heide

A nation is a society united by delusions about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbors.

William Inge

The first who was king was a fortunate soldier: Who serves his country well has no need of ancestors.

Voltaire

Our ancestors are very good kind of folks; but they are the last people I should choose to have a visiting acquaintance with.

Richard Brinsley Sheridan

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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Updated On : May 11, 2011
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