Every man is an omnibus in which his ancestors ride.
Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894) American author and poet.
Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.
Voltaire (1694-1778) French writer and historian.
I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Politician. President of the United States.
The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses.
Ovid (BC 43-AD 18) Roman poet.
The scholar without good breeding is a nitpicker; the philosopher a cynic; the soldier a brute and everyone else disagreeable.
Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773) British statesman.
Breed is stronger than pasture.
George Eliot (1819-1880) British writer.
I don't have to look up my family tree, because I know that I'm the sap.
Fred A. Allen (1894-1956) American comedian.
Genealogy. An account of one's descent from an ancestor who did not particularly care to trace his own.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) American newspaperman and short-story writer.
If your descent is from heroic sires, show in your life a remnant of their fires.
Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux (1636-1711) French poet and critic.
Mules are always boasting that their ancestors were horses.