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Posterity

''We are always doing,'' says he, ''something for posterity, but I would see posterity do something for us.''

Joseph Addison (1672-1719) English essayist, poet, and dramatist.

When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.

Thomas Paine (1737-1809) English intellectual.

Posterity gives every man his true value.

Publius Cornelius Tacitus (55-117) Roman historian.

The flattery of posterity is not worth much more than contemporary flattery, which is worth nothing.

Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) Argentine writer, essayist, and poet.

A blot in thy escutcheon to all futurity.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Spanish novelist, dramatist and poet.

Few can be induced to labor exclusively for posterity; and none will do it enthusiastically. Posterity has done nothing for us; and theorize on it as we may, practically we shall do very little for it, unless we are made to think we are at the same time doing something for ourselves.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Politician. President of the United States.

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