A Quote by George Eliot on ancestry, cities, funerals, history, and past

Rome, the city of visible history, where the past of a whole hemisphere seems moving in funeral procession with strange ancestral images and trophies gathered from afar.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Middlemarch, bk. 2, ch. 20 (1871-72).

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A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon on ancestry and worth

They who derive their worth from their ancestors resemble potatoes, the most valuable part of which is underground.

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

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A Quote by Edward Young on ancestry and debt

They that on glorious ancestors enlarge, Produce their debt instead of their discharge.

Edward Young (1683 - 1765)

Source: Love of Fame. Satire i. Line 147.

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A Quote by Edward O. Sisson on ancestry, beginning, birth, certainty, children, determination, experience, facts, nature, philosophy, world, and zeal

A certain bygone philosophy-which certainly must have quite forgotten all about the real child-used to speak of the child's nature as a tabula rasa, or 'blank page,' upon which experience and training might write what they pleased. As a matter of fact, the child's nature at birth, like that of a calf or a chick, is pretty well scribbled over by the experience of its ancestors. It is far from being blank, for as soon as the little organism comes into the world, it begins to do certain things and do them with much zeal and determination, as every one knows who knows real children.

Edward O. Sisson

Source: The Essentials of Character, The Macmillan Company, 1915

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on ancestry and wisdom

The wisdom of our ancestors.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Observations on Late Publication on the Present State of the Nation. Vol. i. p. 516. Also in the Discussion on the Traitorous Correspondence Bill, 1793.

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on ancestry, people, and posterity

People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France. Vol. iii. p. 274.

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A Quote by Dr. Jonas Edward Salk on ancestry, good, and responsibility

Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors.

Dr. Edward Salk (1914 -)

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A Quote by Daniel J. Boorstin on america, ancestry, love, nations, and suffering

As individuals and as a nation, we now suffer from social narcissism. The beloved Echo of our ancestors, the virgin America, has been abandoned. We have fallen in love with our own image, with images of our making, which turn out to be images of ourselves.

Daniel J. Boorstin (1914 -)

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A Quote by Boyd K. Packer on ancestry, birth, children, fatherhood, generations, god, heaven, mind, mortality, nobility, people, spirit, and truth

You are a child of God. He is father of your spirit. Spiritually you are of noble birth, the offspring of the King of Heaven. Fix that truth in your mind and hold to it. However many generations in your mortal ancestry, no matter what race or people you represent, the pedigree of your spirit can be written on a single line. You are a child of God!

Boyd K. Packer (1924 -)

Source: Ensign, May 1989, p. 54., © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc.Used by permission.

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A Quote by Bill Lee on admiration, age, ancestry, bravery, health, heroism, influence, justice, mathematics, order, society, wonder, and worship

It's no wonder that our priorities got screwed up. Just because a person can throw a ball harder or hit it further than most ordinary human beings, he is placed on a pedestal at an early age. I don't think there is anything wrong with admiring an exceptionally skilled person, but the hero-worship we shower on athletes goes beyond that. This is a part of the tribal influence handed down by our ancestors. Man has always been lionized for his physical prowess. An Indian brave did not have to pass a math quiz in order to become a chief, he just had to tear the ass off some bear. And the twelve labours of Hercules did not include a Regents' exam. Society has tended to find its heroes in the most obvious arenas, and I don't regard that as a healthy thing. We should find our heroes in the bathroom mirror each and every morning.

Bill Lee

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