Quotes: ancestors

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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    American poet and philosopher 1803-1882
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    A man finds room in the few square inches of the face for the traits of all his ancestors; for the expression of all his history, and his wants.
  • Daniel J. Boorstin
    Daniel J. Boorstin
    American historian 1914-
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    As individuals and as a nation, we now suffer from social narcissism. The beloved Echo of our ancestors, the virgin America, has been abandoned. We have fallen in love with our own image, with images of our making, which turn out to be images of ourselves.
  • Boris Johnson
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    But if people want to swim in the Thames, if they want to take their lives into their own hands, then they should be able to do so with all the freedom and exhilaration of our woad-painted ancestors.
  • Voltaire
    Voltaire
    French writer and philosopher (ps. of Fran├žois Marie Arouet) 1694-1778
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    Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    Robert Louis Stevenson
    Scottish writer and poet 1850-1895
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    Each has his own tree of ancestors, but at the top of all sits Probably Arboreal.
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    Oliver Wendell Holmes
    American writer and poet 1809-1894
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    Every man is an omnibus in which his ancestors ride.
  • Plutarch
    Plutarch
    Greek biographer and essayist 46-120 AD
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    Good birth is a fine thing, but the merit is our ancestors.
  • Douglas Adams
    Douglas Adams
    British science-fiction writer 1952-
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    Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
  • William Lyon Phelps
    William Lyon Phelps
    American author, critic and scholar 1865-1943
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    I am glad my ancestors arrived on the Mayflower, but I am gladder that there are nine generations between us.
  • Abigail Adams
    Abigail Adams
    Wife of John Adams 1744-1818
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    In the new Code of Laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make I desire you would Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. If perticular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a Rebelion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation.
    Source: Letter to John Adams, 31 March 1776
  • Havelock Ellis
    Havelock Ellis
    British psychologist 1859-1939
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    It is curious how there seems to be an instinctive disgust in Man for his nearest ancestors and relations. If only Darwin could conscientiously have traced man back to the Elephant or the Lion or the Antelope, how much ridicule and prejudice would have been spared to the doctrine of Evolution.
  • Charles Dudley Warner
    Charles Dudley Warner
    American writer 1829-1900
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    It is fortunate that each generation does not comprehend its own ignorance. We are thus enabled to call our ancestors barbarous.
  • Bernard De Voto
    Bernard De Voto
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    It is imperative to maintain portions of the wilderness untouched so that a tree will rot where it falls, a waterfall will pour its curve without generating electricity, a trumpeter swan may float on uncontaminated water - and moderns may at least see what their ancestors knew in their nerves and blood.
  • Plutarch
    Plutarch
    Greek biographer and essayist 46-120 AD
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    It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
  • It is only when all our Christian ancestors are allowed to become our contemporaries that the real splendor of the Christian faith and the Christian life begins to dawn upon us.
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