Ancestry Quotes

Breed is stronger than pasture.

George Eliot

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.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Every man is an omnibus in which his ancestors ride.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Good breeding, a union of kindness and independence.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

He who boasts of his descent, praises the deed of another.


Heredity is nothing, but stored environment.

Luther Burbank

If your descent is from heroic sires, show in your life a remnant of their fires.

Nicholas Boileau

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.


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

Van Wyck Brooks

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrations and revolutionists.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

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.

Henry Louis

The scholar without good breeding is a nitpicker; the philosopher a cynic; the soldier a brute and everyone else disagreeable.

Lord Chesterfield

They talk about their Pilgrim blood, their birthright high and holy! a mountain-stream that ends in mud thinks is melancholy.

James Russell Lowell

Unworthy offspring brag the most about their worthy descendants.

Danish Proverb

We are linked by blood, and blood is memory without language.

Joyce Carol Oates

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.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

Indeed, it may be laid down as a general principle, that the more extended the ancestry, the greater the amount of violence and vagabondism; for in ancient days those two amusements, combining a wholesome excitement with a promising means of repairing shattered fortunes, were at once the ennobling pursuit and the healthful recreation of the Quality of this land.

Charles Dickens

A mule has neither pride of ancestry nor hope of posterity.

Robert Green Ingersoll

A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbours.

W. R. Inge

Misers make wonderful ancestors.


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Updated On : May 11, 2011
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