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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.

German proverb