A Quote by Alex Haley on ancestors

My smiling child,
Named for a noble ancestor.
Great hunter or warrior
You will be one day,
Which will give your papa pride.
But always I will remember you thus.

Alex Haley

Source: Roots: The Saga of an American Family

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A Quote by Paul H. Ray, Sherry Ruth Anderson on ancestors and possibility

While our ancestors knew of only one true way, we have a cornucopia of spiritual and psychological and physical possibilities.

Paul H. Ray, Sherry Ruth Anderson

Source: The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World

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A Quote by Charles Dudley Warner on ancestors

It is fortunate that each generation does not comprehend its own ignorance. We are thus enabled to call our ancestors barbarous.

Charles Dudley Warner (1829 - 1900)

Source: The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

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A Quote by Douglas Adams on ancestors

Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.

Douglas Adams

Source: The Mammoth Book of Zingers, Quips, and One-Liners: Over 10,000 Gems of Wit & Wisdom, One-liners & Wisecracks

Contributed by: ingebrita

A Quote by Mary Catherine Bateson on ancestors, illusion, life, place, and time

In many ways, constancy is an illusion.  After all, our ancestors were immigrants, many of them moving on every few years; today we are migrants in time.  Unless teachers can hold up a model of lifelong learning and adaptation, graduates are likely to find themselves trapped into obsolescence as the world changes around them.  Of any stopping place in life, it is good to ask whether it will be a good place from which to go on as well as a good place to remain.

Mary Catherine Bateson

Source: Composing a Life

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A Quote by Daniel J. Levitin on ancestors, flexibility, and music

Music may be the activity that prepared our pre-human ancestors for speech communication and for the very cognitive, representational flexibility necessary to become humans.

Daniel J. Levitin

Source: This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession

Contributed by: ingebrita

A Quote by Laurence Overmire on ancestors, generations, genealogy, hopes, dreams, contribution, story, world, and genealogist

Over the course of the millennia, all these ancestors in your tree, generation upon generation, have come down to this moment in time-to give birth to you. There has never been, nor will ever be, another like you. You have been given a tremendous responsibility. You carry the hopes and dreams of all those who have gone before. Hopes and dreams for a better world. What will you do with your time on this Earth? How will you contribute to the ongoing story of humankind?

Laurence Overmire

Source: Poet, Playwright, Actor, Educator, Genealogist

Contributed by: WideAwake

A Quote by Laurence Overmire on history, genealogy, family, ancestors, ancestry, genealogist, and celebrity

History remembers only the celebrated, genealogy remembers them all.

Laurence Overmire


Contributed by: WideAwake

A Quote by Carl Gustav Jung on parents, children, ancestors, karma, and fate

I feel very strongly that I am under the influence of things or questions which were left incomplete and unanswered by my parents and grandparents and more distant ancestors. It often seems as if there were an impersonal karma within a family which is passed on from parents to children. It has always seemed to me that I had to answer questions which fate had posed to my forefathers, and which had not yet been answered, or as if I had to complete, or perhaps continue, things which previous ages had left unfinished.

Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)

Source: Memories, Dreams, Reflections (Vintage)

Contributed by: Crispini

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