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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.

A grandfather is no longer a social institution. - Men do not live in the past. - They merely look back. - Forward is the universal cry.

All history shows the power of blood over circumstances, as agriculture shows the power of the seeds over the soil.

Birth is nothing where virtue is not.

Blood is a destiny. One's genius descends in the stream from long lines of ancestry.

Breed is stronger than pasture.

Consider whether we ought not to be more in the habit of seeking honor from our descendants than from our ancestors; thinking it better to be nobly remembered than nobly born; and striving so to live, that our sons, and our sons' sons, for ages to come, might still lead their children reverently to the doors out of which we had been carried to the grave, saying, "Look, this was his house, this was his chamber."

Distinguished birth is like a cipher: it has no power in itself like wealth, or talent, or personal excellence, but it tells, with all the power of a cipher, which added to either of the others.

Every man is his own ancestor, and every man is his own heir. He devises his own future, and he inherits his own past.

Few people disparage a distinguished ancestry except those who have none of their own.

Good blood - descent from the great and good, is a high honor and privilege. - He that lives worthily of it is deserving of the highest esteem; he that does not, of the deeper disgrace.

He that can only boast of a distinguished lineage, boasts of that which does not belong to himself; but he that lives worthily of it is always held in the highest honor.

Honorable descent is, in all nations, greatly esteemed. It is to be expected that the children of men of worth will be like their progenitors; for nobility is the virtue of a family.

How poor are all hereditary honors, those poor possessions from another's deeds, unless our own just virtues form our title, and give a sanction to our fond assumption.

I am no herald to inquire after men's pedigrees: it sufficeth me if I know of their virtues.

I will not borrow merit from the dead, myself an undeserver.

It is a noble faculty of our nature which enables us to connect our thoughts, sympathies, and happiness, with what is distant in place or time; and looking before and after, to hold communion at once with our ancestors and our posterity. There is a moral and philosophical respect for our ancestors, which elevates the character and improves the heart. Next to the sense of religious duty and moral feeling, I hardly know what should bear with stronger obligation on a liberal and enlightened mind, than a consciousness of an alliance with excellence which is departed; and a consciousness, too, that in its acts and conduct, and even in its sentiments and thoughts, it may be actively operating on the happiness of those that come after it.

It is a shame for a man to desire honor only because of his noble progenitors, and not to deserve it by his own virtue.

It is fortunate to come of distinguished ancestry. - It is not less so to be such that people do not care to inquire whether you are of high descent or not.

It is of no consequence of what parents a man is born, as long as he be a man of merit.


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