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Breed is stronger than pasture.
~ George Eliot

 

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Clever father, clever daughter; clever mother, clever son.
~ Russian Proverb

 

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Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.
~ Voltaire

 

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Each has his own tree of ancestors, but at the top of all sits Probably Arboreal.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson

 

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Englishmen hate Liberty and Equality too much to understand them. But every Englishman loves a pedigree.
~ George Bernard Shaw

 

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Every man is an omnibus in which his ancestors ride.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

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From our ancestors come our names from our virtues our honor.
~ Proverb

 

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Genealogy. An account of one's descent from an ancestor who did not particularly care to trace his own.
~ Ambrose Bierce

 

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Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.
~ Mark Twain

 

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Good breeding is the result of good sense, some good nature, and a little self-denial for the sake of others.
~ Lord Chesterfield

 

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Good breeding, a union of kindness and independence.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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He who boasts of his descent, praises the deed of another.
~ Seneca

 

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Hereditary honors are a noble and a splendid treasure to descendants.
~ Plato

 

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Heredity is nothing, but stored environment.
~ Luther Burbank

 

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High birth is an accident, not a virtue.
~ Pietro Metastasio

 

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I am, in point of fact, a particularly haughty and exclusive person, of pre-Adamite ancestral descent. You will understand this when I tell you that I can trace my ancestry back to a protoplasmal primordial atomic globule.
~ W. S. Gilbert

 

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I don't have to look up my family tree, because I know that I'm the sap.
~ Fred A. Allen

 

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I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
~ Abraham Lincoln

 

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If your descent is from heroic sires, show in your life a remnant of their fires.
~ Nicholas Boileau

 

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In church your grandsire cut his throat; to do the job too long he tarried: he should have had my hearty vote to cut his throat before he married.
~ Jonathan Swift

 

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