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It is the highest of earthly honors to be descended from the great and good. - They alone cry out against a noble ancestry who have none of their own.

It is with antiquity as with ancestry, nations are proud of the one, and individuals of the other; but if they are nothing in themselves, that which is their pride ought to be their humiliation.

It would be more honorable to our distinguished ancestors to praise them in words less, but in deeds to imitate them more.

My father was a Creole, his father a Negro, and his father a monkey; my family, it seems, begins where yours left off.

Nobility of birth does not always insure a corresponding nobility of mind; if it did, it would always act as a stimulus to noble actions; but it sometimes acts as a clog rather than a spur.

Noble ancestry makes a poor dish at table.

Nothing is more disgraceful than for a man who is nothing, to hold himself honored on account of his forefathers; and yet hereditary honors are a noble and splendid treasure to descendants.

People who take no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors will never achieve anything worthy to be remembered with pride by remote descendants.

Philosophy does not regard pedigree. - She did not receive Plato as a noble, but made him so.

Pride in boasting of family antiquity, makes duration stand for merit.

Some decent, regulated preeminence, some preference given to birth, is neither unnatural nor unjust nor impolitic.

Some men by ancestry are only the shadow of a mighty name.

The glory of ancestors sheds a light around posterity; it allows neither their good or bad qualities to remain in obscurity.

The happiest lot for a man, as far as birth is concerned, is that it should be such as to give him but little occasion to think much about it.

The inheritance of a distinguished and noble name is a proud inheritance to him who lives worthily of it.

The man of the true quality is not he who labels himself with genealogical tables, and lives on the reputation of his fathers, but he in whose conversation and behavior there are references and characteristics positively unaccountable except on the hypothesis that his descent is pure and illustrious.

The man who has nothing to boast of but his illustrious ancestry, is like the potato - the best part under ground.

The origin of all mankind was the same: it is only a clear and a good conscience that makes a man noble, for that is derived from heaven itself.

The pride of blood has a most important and beneficial influence. - It is much to feel that the high and honorable belong to a name that is pledged to the present by the recollections of the past.

There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his.


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