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They that on glorious ancestors enlarge, produce their debt, instead of their discharge.

They who depend on the merits of ancestors, search in the roots of the tree for the fruits which the branches ought to produce.

Title and ancestry render a good man more illustrious, but an ill one more contemptible. Vice is infamous, though in a prince; and virtue honorable, though in a peasant.

We inherit nothing truly, but what our actions make us worthy of.

We take rank by descent. Such of us as have the longest pedigree, and are therefore the furthest removed from the first who made the fortune and founded the family, we are the noblest.

What can we see in the longest kingly line in Europe, save that it runs back to a successful soldier?

When real nobleness accompanies the imaginary one of birth, the imaginary mixes with the real and becomes real too.

Whoever serves his country well has no need of ancestors.


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