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.
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.
Few sons attain the praise Of their great sires and most their sires disgrace.
Some men by ancestry are only the shadow of a mighty name.
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.
Some decent regulated pre-eminence, some preference (not exclusive appropriation) given to birth, is neither unnatural, nor unjust, nor impolite.
A man who prides himself on his ancestry is like the potato plant, the best part of which is underground.
When you start about family, about lineage and ancestry, you are talking about every person on earth.
Birth and ancestry, and that which we have not ourselves achieved, we can scarcely call our own
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.
Character is better than ancestry, and personal conduct is of more importance than the highest.
History remembers only the celebrated, genealogy remembers them all.
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!
A nation is a society united by delusions about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbors.
The first who was king was a fortunate soldier: Who serves his country well has no need of ancestors.
Our ancestors are very good kind of folks; but they are the last people I should choose to have a visiting acquaintance with.
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.
Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.
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.
The hero's will is not that of his ancestors nor of his society, but his own. This will to be oneself is heroism.
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.
Clever father, clever daughter; clever mother, clever son.
Genealogy. An account of one's descent from an ancestor who did not particularly care to trace his own.
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