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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.

Author: Ovid

Profession: Roman Poet

Hereditary honors are a noble and a splendid treasure to descendants.

Author: Plato

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.

Author: Proverb


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