Quotation Explorer - 'Ancestors'

As I explore the wilderness of my own body, I see that I am made of blood and bones, sunlight and water, pesticide residues and redwood humus, the fears and dreams of generations of ancestors, particles of exploded stars. - Anne Cushman
Sister? Jessie Kay scowled. Do I really look like his sister? I clearly come from grade-A stock while his ancestors made a few poor choices along the way. - Gena Showalter
It is certainly desirable to be well descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors. - Plutarch
What grape to keep its place in the sun, taught our ancestors to make wine? - Cyril Connolly
Do well and you will have no need for ancestors. - Voltaire
Strive not with a man that is full of tongue, and heap not wood upon his fire. Jest not with a rude man, lest thine ancestors be disgraced - Sirach
We don't inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. - David Brower
You speak of the good conduct of your ancestors. As your own conduct is under discussion, and not theirs, I cannot see how their former good character can at all serve your present purpose. Fortunately for our country, every man stands upon his own merit. - Stephen Decatur
Are we being good ancestors? - Jonas Salk
Your Ancestors Called it Magic, but You Call it Science. I Come From a Land Where They Are One and the Same. - Thor Odinson
Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors. - Dr. Jonas Salk
Some families can trace their ancestors back three hundred years, but can't tell you where their children were last night.
Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. - G. K. Chesterton
What our ancestors would really be thinking, if they were alive today, is: "Why is it so dark in here?" - Terry Pratchett
We should feel empowered by where we came from and who we are, not hide it. It is important to acknowledge that everything we do affects our ancestors as much as they have affected us. - Lorin Morgan-Richards
Don't drive a car in the dream, else you won't drive it on earth. Don't wish to become, else you won't become. Don't associate with fools, else your ancestors will be insulted. Don't be addicted to wine, else your pocket will be empty. Don't be drunk, else you'll be attacked. - Michael Bassey Johnson
My ancestors arrived on the Wayflower - Robert Wesley Miller
A man who makes a plate or a shirt or a loaf of bread or anything our great great ancestors called a work of art, has no need to try to be sincere; all he can do is practice his craft to the best of his ability. But once he starts making useless things, how can he not be sincere? - René Daumal
Our ancestors have invented, we can at least innovate. - Amit Kalantri
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner. - Douglas Adams
We inhereit from our ancestors gifts so often taken for granted... Each of us contains within... this inheritance of soul. We are links between the ages, containing past and present expectations, sacred memories and future promise. - Edward Sellner
Without our ancestors we would not be. - Old Hawaiian proverb
I come from a culture of handwringers, vengeance seekers, people who name children after ancestors by rote -- first child, paternal grandfather, second child, maternal, and on and on and on. - Julia Glass
like all other living creatures, I am the descendant of survivors, so the fear in my head is the voice of my ancestors whispering their accumulated wisdom. - David George Haskell
Liberty of imagination should be the most precious possession of a novelist. To try voluntarily to discover the fettering dogmas of its own inspiration, is a trick worthy of humna perverseness which, after inventing an absurdity, endeavours to find for it a pedigree of distinguished ancestors... - Joseph Conrad
The price we have paid for expecting to be so much more than our ancestors is a perpetual anxiety that we are far from being all we might be. - Alain de Botton
Your ancestors are rooting for you. - Eleanor Brownn
No self is of itself alone. It has a long chain of intellectual ancestors. The "I" is chained to ancestry by many factors… This is not mere allegory, but an eternal memory. - Erwin Schrödinger
We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies. - Shirley Abbott
... walk in the footprints of his ancestors. This land is a museum of man's ancient history. The American has gone to the moon and found dust, he's going farther away to look for other planets, very good. But know thyself first. That is what I would tell my American friend. - tsegaye gebre medhin
People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors. - Edmund Burke
We do not inherit this land from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.
There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his. - Helen Keller
When dreams become more important than reality, you give up travel, building, creating; you even forget how to repair the machines left behind by your ancestors. You just sit living and reliving other lives left behind in the thought records.-- Vina, "The Menagerie" ("The Cage"), Star Trek, 1966 - Gene Roddenberry
When it's all over and the dust from our Ancestors bodies and our own settle from the four winds only then will we see that we were here! - Stanley Victor Paskavich
I believe dreams connect us to our ancestors and it is through creativity that we can tap into this in the conscious state. Creativity is a sort of trance that we have as artists that erases time and space. - Lorin Morgan-Richards
To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history? - Marcus Tullius Cicero
Most probably your belief system is screwed up. And so were your ancestors, before you. And now, maybe so are you. Overcome it, you! - Fakeer Ishavardas
Know the history of the great ancestors. - Lailah Gifty Akita
Civilized life has altogether grown too tame, and, if it is to be stable, it must provide a harmless outlets for the impulses which our remote ancestors satisfied in hunting. - Bertrand Russell
Every king springs from a race of slaves, and every slave had kings among his ancestors. - Plato
My father chose my name , and my last name was chosen by my ancestors . That’s enough, I myself choose my way - Ali Shariati - علی شریعتی
Pepsi brings your ancestors back from the grave.
Men can know more than their ancestors did if they start with a knowledge of what their ancestors had already learned....That is why a society can be progressive only if it conserves its traditions. - Walter Lippmann
The changes in the human condition are uncertain and frequent. Many, on whom fortune has bestowed her favours, may trace their family to a more unprosperous station; and many who are now in obscurity, may look back upon the affluence and exalted rank of their ancestors. - Alexander Hamilton
Good and evil are both within us. And when our primitive ancestors humanized these natural qualities of the mind, they got two completely opposite supernatural characters. One was the merciful lord almighty and the other was the wicked devil. - Abhijit Naskar
Gentility is what is left over from rich ancestors after the money is gone. - John Ciardi
There is no escape - we pay for the violence of our ancestors. - Frank Herbert
The songs of our ancestors are also the songs of our children - Philip Carr-Gomm
Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. - Crazy Horse
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