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.
Author: Henry Louis
They talk about their Pilgrim blood, their birthright high and holy! a mountain-stream that ends in mud thinks is melancholy.
Author: James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)
Profession: American Poet, Critic, Editor
High birth is an accident, not a virtue.
Author: Pietro Metastasio (1698-1782)
Profession: Italian Poet
We are linked by blood, and blood is memory without language.
Author: Joyce Carol Oates (1938)
Profession: American Author
The person who has nothing to brag about but their ancestors is like a potato; the best part of them is underground.
Author: Sir Thomas Overbore
The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses.
Profession: Roman Poet
Hereditary honors are a noble and a splendid treasure to descendants.
Profession: Greek Philosopher
It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
Author: Plutarch (46-120 AD)
Profession: Greek Essayist, Biographer
From our ancestors come our names from our virtues our honor.
Unworthy offspring brag the most about their worthy descendants.
Author: Danish Proverb
Profession: Sayings of Danish Origin
Mules are always boasting that their ancestors were horses.
Author: German Proverb
Profession: Sayings of German Origin
Clever father, clever daughter; clever mother, clever son.
Author: Russian Proverb
Profession: Sayings of Russian Origin
There is a certain class of people who prefer to say that their fathers came down in the world through their own follies than to boast that they rose in the world through their own industry and talents. It is the same shabby-genteel sentiment, the same vanity of birth which makes men prefer to believe that they are degenerated angels rather than elevated apes.
Author: W. Winwood Reade (1838-1875)
Profession: American Writer
My ancestors didn't come over on the Mayflower, but they were there to meet the boat.
Author: Will Rogers (1879-1935)
Profession: American Humorist, Actor
Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrations and revolutionists.
Author: Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945)
Profession: Thirty-second President of the USA