"From our ancestors come our names from our virtues our honor."
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"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."
"When a man fell into his anecdotage it was a sign for him to retire from the world."
"Life is too short for a long story."
"Your tale, sir, would cure deafness."
"The history of a soldier's wound beguiles the pain of it."
"Faith! he must make his stories shorter or change his comrades once a quarter."
"Angels fly because they take themselves lightly."
"We are never like angels till our passion dies."
"When I give I give myself."
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