"Is anyone simply by birth to be applauded or punished?"
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"Every man is an omnibus in which his ancestors ride."
"I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be."
"High birth is an accident, not a virtue."
"We are linked by blood, and blood is memory without language."
"The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses."
"Hereditary honors are a noble and a splendid treasure to descendants."
"It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors."
"From our ancestors come our names from our virtues our honor."
"Unworthy offspring brag the most about their worthy descendants."
"Mules are always boasting that their ancestors were horses."
"Clever father, clever daughter; clever mother, clever son."
"My ancestors didn't come over on the Mayflower, but they were there to meet the boat."
"Those who boast of their descent, brag on what they owe to others."
"He who boasts of his descent, praises the deed of another."
"Each has his own tree of ancestors, but at the top of all sits Probably Arboreal."
"The kind of ancestors we have had is not as important as the kind of descendants our ancestors have."
"Do well and you will have no need for ancestors."
"It is not the voice that commands the story: it is the ear."
"To have frequent recourse to narrative betrays great want of imagination."
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