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Posterity Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Posterity

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

Since it is not granted to us to live long,
let us transmit to posterity some memorial that we have at least lived.
- E. Joseph Cossman

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Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost
my generation to preserve your freedom.
I hope you will make good use of it.
- John Quincy Adams

After being Turned Down by numerous Publishers,
he had decided to write for Posterity.
- George Ade

I think it better to do right, even if we suffer in so doing,
than to incur the reproach of our consciences and posterity.
- Robert E. Lee

 

And those are the Rich, who transmit what they have to their Posterity;
whereby particular Families become rich;
and of such are compounded Cities,
Countries, Nations, etc.
- Dudley North

Never forget posterity when devising a policy.
Never think of posterity when making a speech.
- Robert G. Menzies

The success or failure of a life, as far as posterity goes,
seems to lie in the more or less luck of seizing the right moment of escape.
- Alice James

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The flattery of posterity is not worth much more than contemporary flattery,
which is worth nothing.
- Jorge Luis Borges

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

Leibniz dedicated his life to efforts to educate people
to understand that true happiness is found by locating
their identity in benefitting mankind and their posterity.
- Robert Trout

I would give no thought of what the world might say of me,
if I could only transmit to posterity the reputation of an honest man.
- Sam Houston

Each generation takes the earth as trustees.
We ought to bequeath to posterity as many forests and
orchards as we have exhausted and consumed.
- Julius Sterling Morton

Why should we put ourselves out of our way to do anything
for posterity? For what has posterity ever done for us?
- Boyle Roche

When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember
that virtue is not hereditary.
- Thomas Paine

The Youth of a Nation are the trustees of posterity.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Posterity makes the judgments.
There are going to be a lot of surprises in store for everybody.
- Irwin Shaw

Why should I care about posterity? What's posterity ever done for me?
- Groucho Marx

If conquest does not bind posterity,
so neither can compact bind it.
- Charlotte Smith

Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind,
which are delivered down from generation to generation
as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.
- Joseph Addison

I suggest that what we want to do is not to leave to
posterity a great institution,
but to leave behind a great tradition of journalism
ably practiced in our time.
- Henry R. Luce

The function of posterity is to look after itself.
- Dylan Thomas

Art is always in the eyes of the beholder.
Only posterity has the right to point out our mistakes.
- Len Wein

Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows,
is honored by posterity because he was the last to discover America.
- James Joyce

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

Is it no imputation to be arraigned before this House,
in which I have sat forty years, and to have my name
transmitted to posterity with disgrace and infamy?
- Robert Walpole

And perhaps, posterity will thank me for having shown
it that the ancients did not know everything.
- Pierre de Fermat

We are always doing something for posterity,
but I would fain see posterity do something for us.
- Joseph Addison

The drafts which true genius draws upon posterity,
although they may not always be honored so soon as they are due,
are sure to be paid with compound interest in the end.
- Charles Caleb Colton

A man doesn't plant a tree for himself.
He plants it for posterity.
- Alexander Smith

The writing of the wise are the only riches our posterity cannot squander.
- Walter Savage Landor

The Constitution of the United States was made not
merely for the generation that then existed,
but for posterity- unlimited, undefined,
endless, perpetual posterity.
- Henry Clay

Posterity weaves no garlands for imitators.
- Friedrich Schiller

The Democratic Party is like a mule.
It has neither pride of ancestry nor hope of posterity.
- Ignatius Donnelly

The words that a father speaks to his children in the
privacy of home are not heard by the world,
but, as in whispering galleries, they are clearly heard at the end,
and by posterity.
- Jean Paul

Contemporaries appreciate the person rather than their merit,
posterity will regard the merit rather than the person.
- Charles Caleb Colton

It is not likely that posterity will fall in love with us,
but not impossible that it may respect or sympathize;
so a man would rather leave behind him the portrait
of his spirit than a portrait of his face.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

As though there were a tie And obligation to posterity.
We get them, bear them, breed, and nurse:
What has posterity done for us.
That we, lest they their rights should lose,
Should trust our necks to gripe of noose?
- John Trumbull

Into this, for good or ill, is woven every belief of
every man who has speech of his fellows.
A awful privilege, and an awful responsibility,
that we should help to create the world in which posterity will live.
- William Kingdon Clifford

Who could look on these monuments without reflecting
on the vanity of mortals in thus offering up testimonials
of their respect for persons of whose very names posterity is ignorant?
- Marguerite Gardiner

Such as have reason, understanding, or common sense,
will, and ought to make use of it in those things that
concern themselves and their posterity,
and suspect the words of such as are interested in
deceiving or persuading them not to see with their own eyes.
- Algernon Sydney

I do not suppose I shall be remembered for anything.
But I don't think about my work in those terms.
It is just as vulgar to work for the sake of posterity
as to work for the sake of money.
- Orson Welles

We live in an age when to be young and to be indifferent
can be no longer synonymous.
We must prepare for the coming hour.
The claims of the Future are represented by suffering millions;
and the Youth of a Nation are the trustees of Posterity.
- Benjamin Disraeli

I sincerely believe that banking establishments
are more dangerous than standing armies,
and that the principle of spending money
to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding,
is but swindling futurity on a large scale.
- Thomas Jefferson

I thought I had to make an impact on history.
I had to become the greatest choreographer of my time.
That was my mission.
Posterity deals with us however it sees fit.
But I gave it 20 years of my best shot.
- Twyla Tharp

I hope that posterity will judge me kindly,
not only as to the things which I have explained,
but also to those which I have intentionally omitted
so as to leave to others the pleasure of discovery.
- Rene Descartes

We Can Do It!
- WW II US Government Poster

I sit on my duff, smoke cigarettes and watch TV.
I'm not exactly a poster girl for healthy living.
- Lexa Doig

I think, with the gay liberation movement has had need for heroes and heroines,
and it would be rather nice to have Abraham Lincoln as your poster boy,
wouldn't it?
- David Herbert Donald

Over my desk hangs a poster from The Railway Children
that my husband had framed for me.
It is so lovely to see the children smiling as they
run down the railway track.
- Dinah Sheridan

There aren't many poster children for cool angst.
Everybody thinks it's cool if you're the bad girl.
- Fiona Apple

I remember having to take detours around the Hollywood
sign to avoid having to see this grotesque poster of
myself on Sunset Boulevard.
- Rachel Ward

This is going to sound really funny.
I have a poster of Zac Efron on my wall!
I think every girl has a poster of him in their room so,
why not join the club!
- Vanessa Hudgens

I don't think I had a Catherine Bach poster,
but I know a lot of my friends desecrated those,
big time.
- Sean William Scott

One year they asked me to be poster boy -
for birth control.
- Rodney Dangerfield

We didn't realize it at the time, but the release date,
the ad campaign and the poster are so important.
- David Zucker

I keep telling people: Don't make me the poster boy
for AA because I don't know a lot about sobriety,
but I do know a lot about drinking.
- Billy Joel

I'm the poster boy for Propecia.
It's amazing.
- Joe Lando

I love these movies where it's just about the film.
You don't have my face on the poster.
It's all about the movie.
I like that.
- John Cusack

I was pretty much the government's poster boy for what I had done.
- Kevin Mitnick

You know, it was important for me to do something like that,
because nobody ever really thought I could do anything
except look sexy on a poster and go shopping.
- Pia Zadora

Just because you are out doesn't make you the poster
boy for the gay community.
- Jai Rodriguez

I'm a huge poster collector.
- Illeana Douglas

So begins a question which has of late become more and more urgent:
what is the relation of aesthetics to politics?
- Mark Poster

Today the family is being attacked and defended with equal vehemence.
- Mark Poster

How could I get up there and say, 'People,
we've got to do better,' when I was the poster child
for everything that was wrong? I've always believed
leaders don't ask others to do what they're unwilling to do.
- Mike Huckabee

Film then does not promote socialist revolution in any consistent way.
- Mark Poster

Actually, one of the TSA guys showed me the Entertainment
Weekly with the poster from the original in it,
which also mentioned they were doing a remake.
Caught me totally by surprise.
- Michael Berryman

It makes me proud, and it makes me scared.
More than anything, I want to be an actor and I want to keep working,
and I think there's a danger in being perceived as
a poster boy for something.
- Randy Harrison

Terrorism is in good part an effective government propaganda;
it serves to deflect attention from governmental abuse
toward a mostly imagined,
highly dangerous outside enemy.
- Mark Poster

'Be comfortable with who you are', reads the headline
on the Hush Puppies poster.
Are they mad? If people were comfortable with who they were,
they'd never buy any products except the ones they needed,
and then where would the advertising industry be?
- Charles Edwards

You know, people want to honor me, and on the one hand
I just don't want to be a poster child;
but on the other,
I want to do something classy and great -
something where the residuals will go to the cause.
- Carly Simon


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