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 :: Famous Quotations Topic: Ancestry (39 Quotations)

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I don't have to look up my family tree, because I know that I'm the sap.
~ Fred A. Allen

 

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

 

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If your descent is from heroic sires, show in your life a remnant of their fires.
~ Nicholas Boileau

 

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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

 

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Heredity is nothing, but stored environment.
~ Luther Burbank

 

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Good breeding is the result of good sense, some good nature, and a little self-denial for the sake of others.
~ Lord Chesterfield

 

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The scholar without good breeding is a nitpicker; the philosopher a cynic; the soldier a brute and everyone else disagreeable.
~ Lord Chesterfield

 

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Breed is stronger than pasture.
~ George Eliot

 

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Good breeding, a union of kindness and independence.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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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

 

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Is anyone simply by birth to be applauded or punished?
~ Hitopadesa

 

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Every man is an omnibus in which his ancestors ride.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

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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

 

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None of us can boast about the morality of our ancestors. The record does not show that Adam and Eve were ever married.
~ Edgar Watson Howe

 

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

 

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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

 

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They talk about their Pilgrim blood, their birthright high and holy! a mountain-stream that ends in mud thinks is melancholy.
~ James Russell Lowell

 

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High birth is an accident, not a virtue.
~ Pietro Metastasio

 

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We are linked by blood, and blood is memory without language.
~ Joyce Carol Oates

 

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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

 

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