There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his.
Some men by ancestry are only the shadow of a mighty name.
It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
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.
The brave are born from the brave and good. In steers and in horses is to be found the excellence of their sire; nor do savage eagles produce a peaceful dove.
I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.
The power of perpetuating our property in our families is one of the most valuable and interesting circumstances belonging to it, and that which tends the most to the perpetuation of society itself.
We are all creatures of our ancestry! There is no right and wrong, objectively.
Good breeding is the result of good sense, some good nature, and a little self-denial for the sake of others.
I don't have to look up my family tree, because I know that I'm the sap.
Those who boast of their descent, brag on what they owe to others.
It is with antiquity as with ancestry, nations are proud of the one, and individuals of the other; but if they are nothing in themselves, that which is their pride ought to be their humiliation.
Pride thyself on what virtue thou hast, and not on thy parentage.
People who can comfort the dead can also chase after them to hurt them further-a reverse ancestor worship.
I am one who finds within me a nobility that spurns the idle pratings of the great, and their mean boasts of what their fathers were, while they themselves are fools effeminate.
Ever since I watched 'Roots,' I've dreamed of tracing my African ancestry and helping other people do the same.
Pride of origin, whether high or low, springs from the same principle in human nature; one is but the positive, the other the negative, pole of a single weakness.
The egg it is the source of all To everyone's ancestral hall.
When real nobleness accompanies that imaginary one of birth, the imaginary seems to mix with real, and becomes real too.
Nothing is so soothing to our self-esteem as to find our bad traits in our forebears. It seems to absolve us.
Men prefer to believe that they are degenerated angels, rather than elevated apes.
The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses.
Good breeding, a union of kindness and independence.
Hereditary honors are a noble and a splendid treasure to descendants.
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