Ancestry Quotes

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

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

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

The Power Of Failure: We Get To Decide What It Means

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Updated On : May 11, 2011
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