Quotes about Ancestry

Birth and ancestry, and that which we have not ourselves achieved, we can scarcely call our own. [Lat., Nam genus et proavos et quae non fecimus ipsi Vix ea nostra voco.]

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

He who boasts of his ancestry praises the merits of another.

Helen Seneca

We are all creatures of our ancestry! There is no right and wrong, objectively.

Piers Anthony

A nation is a society united by a delusion about it's ancestry and by a common hatred of it's neighbours.

William Ralph Inge

Surely, sir, There's in him stuff that puts him to these ends; For, being not propped by ancestry, whose grace Chalks successors their way, nor called upon For high feats done to th' crown, neither allied To eminent assistants, but spiderlike Out of his self-drawing web, 'a gives us note, The force of his own merit makes his way, A gift that heaven gives for him, which buys A place next to the king.

William Shakespeare

A nation is a society united by a delusion about it's ancestry and by common hatred of it's neighbours.

Dean William R. Inge

Laughter to begin with was probably glee at the misfortunes of others. The baring of the teeth in laughter hints at its savage ancestry. Animals have no malice, hence also no laughter. They never savor the sudden glory of Schadenfreude. It was its infectious quality that made of laughter a medium of mutuality.

Eric Hoffer

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