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 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

Misers make wonderful ancestors.


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