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

Edmund Burke Quotes

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After all, it is style alone by which posterity will judge of a great work, for an author can have nothing truly his own but his style

Isaac Disraeli Quotes

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I hope that posterity will judge me kindly, not only as to the things which I have explained, but also to those which I have intentionally omitted so as to leave to others the pleasure of discovery.

Rene Descartes Quotes

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Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.

John Quincy Adams Quotes

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The nations which have put mankind and posterity most in their debt have been small states Israel, Athens, Florence, Elizabethan England

W. R. Inge Quotes

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It is the privilege of posterity to set matters right between those antagonists who, by their rivalry for greatness, divided a whole age.

Joseph Addison Quotes

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Posterity is as likely to be wrong as anybody else

Heywood C. Broun Quotes

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Never forget posterity when devising a policy. Never think of posterity when making a speech.

Robert G. Menzies Quotes

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Think of your forefathers! Think of your posterity!

John Quincy Adams Quotes , Source: in a speech at Plymouth, Massachusetts

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Herself the solitary scion left Of a time-honour'd race.

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: The Dream (st. 2)

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He thinks posterity is a pack-horse, always ready to be loaded.

Benjamin Disraeli Quotes , Source: Speech

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Posterity is a most limited assembly. Those gentlemen who reach posterity are not much more numerous than the planets.

Benjamin Disraeli Quotes , Source: Speech

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What dazzles, for the moment spends its spirit; What's genuine, shall posterity inherit. [Ger., Was glanzt ist fur den Augenblick geboren; Das Aechte bleibt der Nachwelt unverloren.]

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes , Source: Faust--Vorspiel auf dem Theater (l. 41)

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He only half dies who leaves an image of himself in his sons. [It., Muore per meta chi lascia un' immagine di se stesso nei figi.]

Goldoni Quotes , Source: Pamela (II, 2)

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As to posterity, I may ask (with somebody whom I have forgot) what has it ever done to oblige me?

Thomas Gray Quotes , Source: Letter to Dr. Wharton

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Posterity, thinned by the crime of its ancestors, shall hear of those battles. [Lat., Audiet pugnas, vitio parentum Rara juventus.]

Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) Quotes , Source: Odes (bk. I, 2, 23)

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I despise mankind in all its strata; I foresee that our descendants will be still far unhappier than we are. Would I not be a criminal if, notwithstanding this view, I should provide for progeny, i.e. for unfortunates? [Ger., Ich verachte die Menschheit in allen ihren Schichten; ich sehe es voraus, dass unsere Nachkommen noch weit unglucklicher sein werden, als wir. Sollte ich nicht ein Sunder sein, wenn ich trotz dieser Ansicht fur Nachkommen, d.h. fur Ungluckliche sorgte?

Friedrich Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt Quotes , Source: during a conversation with Arago in 1812

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The man was laughed at as a blunderer who said in a public business: "we do much for posterity; I would fain see them do something for us."

Mrs. Elizabeth Robinson Montagu (Montague) Quotes , Source: Letters

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Why should we put ourselves out of our way to do anything for posterity; for what has posterity done for us?

Sir Boyle Roche Quotes , Source: during "Grattan's Parliament"

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Posterity pays for the sins of their fathers. [Lat., Culpam majorum posteri luunt.]

Quintus Curtius Rufus (Curtis Rufus Quintus) Quotes , Source: De Rebus Gestis Alexandri Magni (VII, 5)

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Why do you ask, how long has he lived? He has lived to posterity. [Lat., Quid quaeris, quamdiu visit? Vixit ad posteros.]

Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) Quotes , Source: Epistles (XCIII)

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Strangers are contemporary posterity. [Fr., Les etrangers sont la posterite contemporaine.]

Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein) Quotes , Source: see the "Journal" of Camille Desmoulins

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The survivorship of a worthy man in his son is a pleasure scarce inferior to the hopes of the continuance of his own life.

Sir Richard Steele Quotes , Source: Spectator

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

Sir Richard Steele Quotes , Source: Spectator (vol. VIII, no. 583)

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Posterity gives to every man his true honor. [Lat., Suum cuique decus posteritas rependet.]

Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus) Quotes , Source: Annales (IV, 35)

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