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

Author: Fred A. Allen (1894-1957)

Profession: American Radio Comic

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

Author: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Profession: American Author, Editor, Journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary"

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

Author: Nicholas Boileau (1636-1711)

Profession: French Literary Poet, Critic

Nothing is so soothing to our self esteem as to find our bad traits in our forebears. It seems to absolve us.

Author: Van Wyck Brooks


Heredity is nothing, but stored environment.

Author: Luther Burbank (1849-1926)

Profession: American Horticulturist

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

Author: Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773)

Profession: British Statesman, Author

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

Author: Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773)

Profession: British Statesman, Author

Breed is stronger than pasture.

Author: George Eliot (1819-1880)

Profession: British Novelist

Good breeding, a union of kindness and independence.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

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.

Author: W. S. Gilbert (1836-1911)

Profession: British Librettist

Is anyone simply by birth to be applauded or punished?

Author: Hitopadesa

Profession: Sanskrit Fable From Panchatantra

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.

Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

Profession: American Author, Wit, Poet

Every man is an omnibus in which his ancestors ride.

Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

Profession: American Author, Wit, Poet

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

Author: Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937)

Profession: American Journalist, Author

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

Author: Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Profession: Sixteenth President of the USA