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A Quote by Samuel Adams on ancestry, cheating, constitution, country, danger, diligence, duty, freedom, generations, men, struggle, suffering, present, violence, worth, and elightenment

The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.

Samuel Adams (1722 - 1803)

Source: Article published in 1771.

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A Quote by Robert Hughes on america, ancestry, and mind

America is a construction of mind, not of race or inherited class or ancestral territory.

Robert Hughes

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A Quote by Richard Brinsley Sheridan on acquaintance, ancestry, good, kindness, and people

Our ancestors are very good kind of folks; but they are the last people I should choose to have a visiting acquaintance with.

Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751 - 1816)

Source: The Rivals. Act iv. Sc. 1.

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on action, ancestry, and thought

The ancestor of every action is a thought.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on ancestry, borrowing, and good

Man is physically as well as metaphysically a thing of shreds and patches, borrowed unequally from good and bad ancestors, and a misfit from the start.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on ancestry and quotations

Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on ancestry and history

A man finds room in the few square inches of the face for the traits of all his ancestors; for the expression of all his history, and his wants.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Ortega y Gassett on ancestry, heroism, and society

The hero's will is not that of his ancestors nor of his society, but his own. This will to be oneself is heroism.

Ortega y Gassett

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on admiration, ancestry, belief, challenge, church, cities, day, duty, faith, humility, kiss, posterity, praise, spirituality, tears, present, and time

Therefore, though we have rightly applauded our ancestors for their spiritual achievements (and do not and must not discount them now), those of us who prevail today will have done no small thing. The special spirits who have been reserved to live in this time of challenges and who overcome will one day be praised for their stamina by those who pulled handcarts. Those who were righteous in other ages, when the gospel light was snuffed out, will one day commend the current members of the Church who so live that the gospel light increased in its incandescence. Those of ancient Israel who saw many signs and yet episodically relapsed will one day praise those in this dispensation who have believed "because of the word" without being compelled to be humble. (Alma 32:14.) The Lamanites who were righteous in earlier times, especially, will praise their present posterity whose righteousness is bringing a blossoming of their seed. Thus the contemporary righteous will earn the esteem of their admired predecessors. Finally, if we are faithful, even the righteous of the city of Enoch will fall upon our necks and kiss us, and we will mingle our tears with their tears! (Moses 7:63.) Let us, therefore, notwithstanding our weaknesses, be reassured that the everyday keeping of the commandments and the doing of our duties is what it is all about.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: Notwithstanding My Weakness, p. 18., © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Milan Kundera on ancestry, fidelity, history, inspiration, thought, and understanding

We don't know when our name came into being or how some distant ancestor acquired it. We don't understand our name at all; we don't know its history, and yet we bear it with exalted fidelity. We merge with it, we like it, we are ridiculously proud of it, as if we had thought it up ourselves in a moment of brilliant inspiration.

Milan Kundera

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