ancestry

A Quote by Maya Angelou on ancestry, dreams, gifts, hope, and slavery

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise I rise I rise.

Maya Angelou (1928 -)

Source: And Still I Rise, 1978

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A Quote by Mark Twain on ancestry, people, and slavery

My first American ancestor, gentlemen, was an Indian-an early Indian. Your ancestors skinned him alive, and I am an orphan. All those Salem witches were ancestors of mine. Your people made it tropical for them. . . . The first slave brought into New England out of Africa was an ancestor of mine-for I am a mixed breed, an infinitely shaded and exquisite Mongrel.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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A Quote by Margaret Walker on ancestry, body, memory, people, and poetry

The poetry of a people comes from the deep recesses of the unconscious, the irrational and the collective body of our ancestral memories.

Margaret Walker (1915 -)

Source: Black World

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A Quote by Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé on ancestry, mistakes, nobility, pride, and virtue

Those who foolishly pride themselves on their nobility mistake that which makes them noble, for it is only the virtue of their ancestors that gives them noble blood.

Magdeleine Sable (c. 1599 - 1678)

Source: the Marquise Sablé’s work is in Maxims and Various Thoughts (Maximes et pensées diverses) 1678

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on ancestry and good

Title and ancestry render a good man more illustrious, but an ill one more contemptible.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by John Milton on anarchy, ancestry, chaos, confusion, eternity, and nature

Where eldest Night And Chaos, ancestors of Nature, hold Eternal anarchy amidst the noise Of endless wars, and by confusion stand; For hot, cold, moist, and dry, four champions fierce, Strive here for mast'ry.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 894.

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A Quote by John Adams on ancestry, cruelty, earth, hell, and mankind

Set before us the conduct of our own British ancestors, who defended for us the inherent rights of mankind against foreign and domestic tyrants and usurpers, against arbitrary kings and cruel priests; in short against the gates of earth and hell.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: Dissertation on the Canon and the Feudal Law, 1765.

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A Quote by James Keller on ancestry, blindness, clarity, compassion, corruption, direction, disease, divinity, errors, experience, guidance, ignorance, imperfection, laws, manners, nature, needs, observation, prejudice, providence, reason, understanding,

Sir William Blackstone, the great English jurist, writing in his Commentaries on the Laws of England in 1769, was most explicit in emphasizing the weakness of man's nature. As he observed: ". . . if our reason were always, as in our first ancestor before his transgression, clear and perfect,unruffled by passions, unclouded by prejudice, unimpaired by disease or intemperance, the task would be pleasant and easy; we should need no other guide but this. But every man now finds the contrary in his own experience; that his reason is corrupt, and his understanding full of ignorance and error. This has given manifold occasion for the benign interposition of divine Providence, which in compassion to the frailty, the imperfection, and the blindness of human reason, hath been pleased at sundry times and in divers manners, to discover and enforce its laws by an immediate and direct revelation. The doctrines thus delivered we call the revealed or divine law . . ."

James Keller

Source: Three Minutes by James Keller, M. M., 1950

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A Quote by Quintus Horatius Flaccus Horace on ancestry, business, happiness, interest, and men

He's happy who, far away from business, like the races of men of old, tills his ancestral fields with his own oxen, unbound by any interest to pay.

Horatius (65 - 8 BC)

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A Quote by Quintus Horatius Flaccus Horace on ancestry

Maecenas, born of monarch ancestors -Maecenas atavis edite regibus

Horatius (65 - 8 BC)

Source: Odes, I.1

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