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Ancestors Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Ancestors

Please enjoy these Ancestors Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

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.
- Native American traditional

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We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from our children.
- Native American Proverb

The sacred altar of all existence
is where we meet our ancestors
and our descendants yet unborn.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Expectation (demand) is always a cause of suffering.
Rather than "expecting" to be repaid
when we "loan" something to someone,
consider the "loans" we make to be forward payments
for the "loans" we received from
our ancestors, nurturers and others.
Request that any "loan" that we make be repaid FORWARD,
when the recipient is able,
and then completely forget about the "loan."
It is no longer our business if, when, or how
the "loan" is repaid - or is not repaid.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

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

Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have often noticed that ancestors never boast of
the descendants who boast of ancestors.
I would rather start a family than finish one.
Blood will tell, but often it tells too much.
- Don Marquis

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Jesus is an example.
We have other examples, including many of our ancestors
as role models who understood the inner meaning of our orientation.
- Malcolm Boyd

I think these people have betrayed or have forgotten their ancestors.
- Zhu Rongji

Some people are your relatives but others are your ancestors,
and you choose the ones you want to have as ancestors.
You create yourself out of those values.
- Ralph Ellison

There is nothing glorious about what our ancestors call history.
It is simply a succession of mistakes,
intolerances and violations.
- Claude Vorilhon

Writing is conscience, scruple, and the farming of our ancestors.
- Edward Dahlberg

Most of our ancestors were not perfect ladies and gentlemen.
The majority of them weren't even mammals.
- Robert Anton Wilson

We forget that the soul has its own ancestors.
- James Hillman

To me it seems that the warm blooded dinosaurs replaced
advanced mammal ancestors that were warm blooded,
also.
- Robert T. Bakker

A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a
selfish temper and confined views.
People will not look forward to posterity,
who never look backward to their ancestors.
- Edmund Burke

Sweden is the home of my ancestors, and I have reserved
a special place in my heart for Sweden.
- Carl D. Anderson

None of us can boast about the morality of our ancestors.
The record does not show that Adam and Eve were ever married.
- Edgar Watson Howe

Humans are upsetting a fragile balance that their own
human ancestors established.
- Joan D. Vinge

There is no escape - we pay for the violence of our ancestors.
- Frank Herbert

I, too, am convinced that our ancestors came from Africa.
- Richard Leakey

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

Maybe my caveman ancestors invented the wheel or something.
I'm not sure.
- Brendan Fraser

Gentility is what is left over from rich ancestors after the money is gone.
- John Ciardi

Any living cell carries with it the experience of a
billion years of experimentation by its ancestors.
- Max Delbruck

Let them look to the past, but let them also look to the future;
let them look to the land of their ancestors,
but let them look also to the land of their children.
- Wilfrid Laurier

The people who have recently come to this country to
work and better their lives should be given the same
opportunities that our parents,
grandparents, and ancestors were given.
- Jose Serrano

Let us make future generations remember us as proud ancestors just as,
today, we remember our forefathers.
- Moo-hyum Roh

Lucy brought with her an image of our human ancestors
that you don't get when you find a jaw or an arm bone or a leg bone.
Here was 40 percent of a single skeleton.
- Donald Johanson

It is fortunate that each generation does not comprehend its own ignorance.
We are thus enabled to call our ancestors barbarous.
- Charles Dudley Warner

My ancestors wandered lost in the wilderness for forty
years because even in biblical times,
men would not stop to ask for directions.
- Elayne Boosler

People will not look forward to posterity,
who never look backward to their ancestors.
- Edmund Burke

Every book is a quotation;
and every house is a quotation out of all forests,
and mines, and stone quarries;
and every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some of my ancestors were religious dissenters who
came to America over three hundred years ago.
Others were abolitionists in New England in the eighteen forties and fifties.
- Pete Seeger

Distinguished ancestors shed a powerful light on their descendants,
and forbid the concealment either of their merits or of their demerits.
- Sallust

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

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 that arrogant oligarchy
who merely happen to be walking around.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

We pay for the mistakes of our ancestors,
and it seems only fair that they should leave us the money to pay with.
- Don Marquis

Indeed, if our ancestors of millions of years ago hadn't
learned how to care for one another and hunt in packs,
they'd all have ended up being eaten by leopards.
- Robert Shea

The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who...
looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space...
on the infinite highway of the air.
- Wilbur Wright

We must create the Georgia that our ancestors dreamed of,
the Georgia that we dream of.
- Mikhail Saakashvili

It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended,
but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
- Plutarch

Offspring, the due performance on religious rites,
faithful service, highest conjugal happiness and heavenly
bliss for the ancestors and oneself,
depend on one's wife alone.
- Guru Nanak

Whoever serves his country well has no need of ancestors.
- Voltaire

OUR history begins before we are born.
We represent the hereditary influences of our race,
and our ancestors virtually live in us.
- James Nasmyth

For the first half of geological time our ancestors were bacteria.
Most creatures still are bacteria, and each one of
our trillions of cells is a colony of bacteria.
- Richard Dawkins

Big cities are chaotic.
And chaos for humans - who have experience from their ancestors -
is the last step before conflict.
So, in the park, every kind of visual contradiction has been eliminated.
- John Hench

I come from a family that has been here for almost 200 years.
My ancestors started a very dangerous gunpowder business in 1802,
and my great- grandfather and his father were both
killed in gunpowder explosions.
- Pete du Pont

We must wake up to the insane reality of our time.
We are all irresponsible, unless we demand from the
responsible decision makers that modern armaments must
no longer be made available to people whose former
battle axes and swords our ancestors condemned.
- Thor Heyerdahl

Our cautious ancestors, when yawning,
blocked the way to the entrance of evil spirits by
putting their hands before their mouths.
We find a reason for the gesture in the delicacy of
manner which forbids an indecent exposure.
- George H. Mead

Our honorable and worthy ancestors knew that the world was flat,
motionless, and the center of the universe.
They knew the human body could not withstand
the forces of traveling faster than 19 mph.
They knew that the way to salvation was
exorcising witches and slaying non-believers.
They knew that it was a mortal sin to marry
someone of a different skin color.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The people made worse off by slavery were those who were enslaved.
Their descendants would have been worse off today if
born in Africa instead of America.
Put differently, the terrible fate of their ancestors benefitted them.
- Thomas Sowell

With this realization, came a growing need for men
and women willing to take up arms in an effort to protect
our American way of life and the freedoms so many of
our ancestors died to entrench.
- Jim Walsh

The book begins and ends with the visits to give the
impression of a tunnel into their ancestors and family history.
I believe in going backwards into the past -
I felt I was digging a tunnel back to the past.
- Anita Desai

Many mathematicians derive part of their self-esteem
by feeling themselves the proud heirs of a long tradition of rational thinking;
I am afraid they idealize their cultural ancestors.
- Edsger Dijkstra

I shall cheerfully bear the reproach of having descended
below the dignity of history if I can succeed in placing
before the English of the nineteenth century a true
picture of the life of their ancestors.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

My mother was born in your state, Mr. Walter, and my
mother was a Quaker, and my ancestors in the time of
Washington baked bread for George Washington's troops
when they crossed the Delaware,
and my own father was a slave.
- Paul Robeson

But it is obvious that our fathers, whose efforts have
planted these great and prosperous cities along the
once lonely trails of our own broad land,
received all the fundamentals of civilization as a
heritage from their European ancestors.
- James H. Breasted

I admire our ancestors, whoever they were.
I think the first self-conscious person must have shaken in his boots.
Because as he becomes self-conscious,
he's no longer part of nature.
He sees himself against nature.
He looks at the vastness of the universe and it looks hostile.
- John Shelby Spong

My first name - I have no middle name -
was chosen by my father,
as he told me, on that solitary walk in the forested hills.
He selected it from a verse of the seventh chapter of Isaiah;
there was no Immanuel among our ancestors known to him.
- Immanuel Velikovsky

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

We are a continuum.
Just as we reach back to our ancestors for our fundamental values,
so we, as guardians of that legacy, must reach ahead
to our children and their children.
And we do so with a sense of sacredness in that reaching.
- Paul Tsongas

Latinos have fought in all of America's wars,
beginning with the Revolutionary War.
Many Latinos are fighting and dying for our country today in Iraq,
just as several of their ancestors fought for freedom
in Mexico over a century ago.
- Joe Baca

Crafts make us feel rooted, give us a sense of belonging
and connect us with our history.
Our ancestors used to create these crafts out of necessity,
and now we do them for fun, to make money and to express ourselves.
- Phyllis George

The people of western Missouri are, in some respects,
very peculiar.
We will take Jackson county where I was born for instance.
In that section the people seemed to be born fighters,
the instinct being inherited from a long line of ancestors.
- Cole Younger

Training - training is everything; training is all there is to a person.
We speak of nature; it is folly; there is no such thing as nature;
what we call by that misleading name is merely heredity and training.
We have no thoughts of our own, no opinions of our own;
they are transmitted to us, trained into us.
All that is original in us, and therefore fairly creditable
or discreditable to us, can be covered up and hidden
by the point of a cambric needle, all the rest being atoms
contributed by, and inherited from, a procession of ancestors
that stretches back a billion years to the Adam-clam
or grasshopper or monkey from whom our race has been
so tediously and ostentatiously and unprofitably developed.
And as for me, all that I think about in this plodding sad pilgrimage,
this pathetic drift between the eternities,
is to look out and humbly live a pure and high and blameless life,
and save that one microscopic atom in me that is truly me:
the rest may land in Sheol and welcome for all I care.
- Mark Twain in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

The ancestor of every action is a thought.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ancestor worship, or filial piety so characteristic of Asian cultures,
for example, does not really resonate with Americans who favor children,
not grandparents.
- Alan Dundes

I've run the marathon several times,
so I definitely don't look like the Great Ancestor!
- George Takei

A friend of ours has a hobby doing genealogy,
and we found out that we were cousins in the ninth degree,
that we had a common ancestor on the Mayflower.
- Marion Zimmer Bradley

Honor among thieves is the ancestor of all honor.
- John McCarthy


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