Ancestry Quotes

Clever father, clever daughter; clever mother, clever son.

Russian Proverb

Genealogy. An account of one's descent from an ancestor who did not particularly care to trace his own.

Ambrose Bierce

High birth is an accident, not a virtue.

Pietro Metastasio

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

The person who has nothing to brag about but their ancestors is like a potato; the best part of them is underground.

Sir Thomas Overbore

The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses.

Ovid

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.

W. Winwood Reade

I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.

Abraham Lincoln

My ancestors didn't come over on the Mayflower, but they were there to meet the boat.

Will Rogers

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.

George Bernard Shaw

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.

Nancy Krieski

Whoever serves his country well has no need of ancestors.

Voltaire

Englishmen hate Liberty and Equality too much to understand them. But every Englishman loves a pedigree.

George Bernard Shaw

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.

W. S. Gilbert

Those who boast of their decent, brag on what they owe to others.

Seneca

Mules are always boasting that their ancestors were horses.

German proverb

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Updated On : May 11, 2011
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