High birth is an accident, not a virtue.
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.
The person who has nothing to brag about but their ancestors is like a potato; the best part of them is underground.
The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses.
There is a certain class of people who prefer to say that their fathers came down in the world through their own follies than to boast that they rose in the world through their own industry and talents. It is the same shabby-genteel sentiment, the same vanity of birth which makes men prefer to believe that they are degenerated angels rather than elevated apes.
I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
My ancestors didn't come over on the Mayflower, but they were there to meet the boat.
If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
All of them can trace their heritage to having ancestry in the Revolutionary War. The chapter approached me last year about staging an exhibition and I thought that was a great idea.
Whoever serves his country well has no need of ancestors.
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.
A mule has neither pride of ancestry nor hope of posterity.
A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbours.
Misers make wonderful ancestors.
Englishmen hate Liberty and Equality too much to understand them. But every Englishman loves a pedigree.
I am, in point of fact, a particularly haughty and exclusive person, of pre-Adamite ancestral descent. You will understand this when I tell you that I can trace my ancestry back to a protoplasmal primordial atomic globule.
Those who boast of their decent, brag on what they owe to others.
Mules are always boasting that their ancestors were horses.
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