There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his.
Each has his own tree of ancestors, but at the top of all sits Probably Arboreal.
None of us can boast about the morality of our ancestors. The record does not show that Adam and Eve were ever married.
They talk about their Pilgrim blood, their birthright high and holy! a mountain-stream that ends in mud thinks is melancholy.
In church your grandsire cut his throat; to do the job too long he tarried: he should have had my hearty vote to cut his throat before he married.
Birth and ancestry, and that which we have not ourselves achieved, we can scarcely call our own.
It is disgraceful when the passers-by exclaim, "O ancient house! alas, how unlike is thy present master to thy former one.
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.
Breed is stronger than pasture.
Some men by ancestry are only the shadow of a mighty name.
He who boasts of his descent, praises the deed of another.
We are linked by blood, and blood is memory without language.
We are all creatures of our ancestry! There is no right and wrong, objectively.
I don't have to look up my family tree, because I know that I'm the sap.
When you start about family, about lineage and ancestry, you are talking about every person on earth.
And, you know, the fact is, if you believe in evolution, we all have a common ancestor, and we all have a common ancestry with the plant in the lobby. This is what evolution tells us. And, it's true. It's kind of unbelievable.
The man who has nothing to boast of but his illustrious ancestry
is like the potato. The best part is underground.
A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbours.
Good breeding is the result of good sense, some good nature, and a little self-denial for the sake of others.
It is worthwhile for anyone to have behind him a few generations of honest, hard-working ancestry.
In different hours, a man represents each of several of his ancestors, as if there were seven or eight of us rolled up in each man's skin, - seven or eight ancestors at least, and they constitute the variety of notes for that new piece of music which his life is.
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.
Those who boast of their descent, brag on what they owe to others.
People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.
It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
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