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He who boasts of his ancestry praises the merits of another

Seneca Quotes

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People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.

Edmund Burke Quotes , Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France (vol. III, p. 274)

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One who is proud of ancestry is like a turnip; there is nothing good of him but that which is underground

Samuel Butler Quotes

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The nobler the blood the less the pride

Don Marquis Quotes

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The wisdom of our ancestors.

Francis Bacon Quotes , Source: (according to Lord Brougham), also attributed to Edmund Burke "Observations on a Late Publication on

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I am a gentleman, though spoiled i' the breeding. The Buzzards are all gentlemen. We came with the Conqueror.

Richard Brome Quotes , Source: The English Moor (act II, 4)

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I look upon you as a gem of the old rock.

Sir Thomas Browne Quotes , Source: Dedication to Urn Burial

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The power of perpetuating our property in our families is one of the most valuable and interesting circumstances belonging to it, and that which tends most to the perpetuation of society itself. It makes our weakness subservient to our virtue; it grafts benevolence even upon avarice. The possession of family wealth and of the distinction which attends hereditary possessions (as most concerned in it,) are the natural securities for this transmission.

Edmund Burke Quotes , Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France (vol. III, p. 298)

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Some decent regulated pre-eminence, some preference (not exclusive appropriation) given to birth, is neither unnatural, nor unjust, nor impolite.

Edmund Burke Quotes , Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France (vol. III, p. 299)

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A degenerate nobleman, or one that is proud of his birth, is like a turnip. There is nothing good of him but that which is underground.

Samuel Butler (1) Quotes , Source: "Characters" A Degenerate Noblemen

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Born in the garret, in the kitchen bred.

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: A Sketch (l. 1)

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It is disgraceful when the passers-by exclaim, "O ancient house! alas, how unlike is thy present master to thy former one." [Lat., Odiosum est enim, cum a praetereuntibus dicatur:--O domus antiqua, heu, quam dispari dominare domino.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) Quotes , Source: De Officiis (CXXXIX)

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I came up-stairs into the world; for I was born in a cellar.

William Congreve Quotes , Source: Love for Love (act II, sc. 1)

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D'Adam nous sommes tous enfants, La prove en est connue, Et que tous, nos premier parents Ont mene la charrue. Mais, las de cultiver enfin La terre labouree L'une a detele le matin, L'autre l'apres-dinee.

Marquis Philippe Emanuel de Coulanges Quotes , Source: D'Origine de la Noblesse

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Great families of yesterday we show, And lords whose parents were the Lord knows who.

Daniel Defoe Quotes , Source: The True-Born Englishman (part I, l. 372)

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Born is a Cellar, . . . and living in a Garret.

Samuel Foote Quotes , Source: The Author (act II, sc. 1, l. 375)

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Say, when the ground our father Adam till'd, And mother Eve the humble distaff held, Who then his pedigree presumed to trace, Or challenged the prerogative of place? [Lat., Primus Adam duro cum vertet arva ligone, Pensaque de vili deceret Eva colo: Ecquis in hoc poterat vir nobilis orbe videri? Et modo quisquam alios ante locandue erir?

Samuel Foote Quotes , Source: The Author (act II, sc. 1, l. 375)

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No, my friends, I go (always other things being equal) for the man that inherits family traditions and the cumulative humanities of at least four or five generations.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Quotes , Source: Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (ch. I)

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Few sons attain the praise Of their great sires and most their sires disgrace.

Homer ("Smyrns of Chios") Quotes , Source: The Odyssey (bk. II, l. 315), (Pope's translation)

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The brave are born from the brave and good. In steers and in horses is to be found the excellence of their sire; nor do savage eagles produce a peaceful dove. [Lat., Fortes creantur fortibus et bonis; Est in juvenis, est in equibus patrum Virtus; nee imbellem feroces Progenerant aquilae columbam.]

Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) Quotes , Source: Carmina (bk. IV, 4)

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"My nobility," said he, "begins in me, but yours ends in you." - Iphicrates,

Iphicrates Quotes , Source: Plutarch's Morals--Apothegms of Kings and Great Commander's--Iphicrates

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Faith, I know nothing about it; I am my own ancestor. [Fr., An, ma foi, je n'en sais rien; moi je suis mon ancetre.]

Andoche Junot (Duc d'Abrantes) Quotes , Source: when asked as to his ancestry

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Of what use are pedigrees, or to be thought of noble blood, or the display of family portraits, O Ponticus? [Lat., Stemmata quid faciunt, quid prodest, Pontice, longo, Sanguine censeri pictosque ostendere vultus.]

Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal) Quotes , Source: Satires (VIII, 1)

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Sence I've ben here, I've hired a chap to look about for me, To git me a transplantable an' thrifty fem'ly-tree.

James Russell Lowell Quotes , Source: The Biglow Papers (2nd series, no. 3, III)

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Sire, I am my own Rudolph of Hapsburg.

Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I) Quotes , Source: said to the Emperor of Austria, who hoped to trace Napoleon's lineage

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