Ancestors Quotes

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Whoever serves his country well has no need of ancestors.
Genealogy: Tracing yourself back to people better than you are.
Gentility is what is left over from rich ancestors after the money is gone.
The family you came from isn't as important as the family you're going to have.
If your descent is from heroic sires,
Show in your life a remnant of their fires.
To forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.
— Chinese proverb

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People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.
It is certainly desirable to be well descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
No man can cause more grief than the one clinging blindly to the vices of his ancestors.
I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
A man who thinks too much about his ancestors is like a potato-the best part of him is underground.
We are all omnibuses in which our ancestors ride, and every now and then one of them sticks his head out and embarrasses 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.
You have been paid for. Each of you, Black, White, Brown, Yellow, Red—whatever pigment you use to describe yourselves—has been paid for. But for the sacrifices made by some of your ancestors, you would not be here; they have paid for you. So, when you enter a challenging situation, bring them on the stage with you; let their distant voices add timbre and strength to your words. For it is your job to pay for those who are yet to come.
We have to live in a way that liberates the ancestors and future generations who are inside of us. Joy, peace, freedom, and harmony are not individual matters. If we do not liberate our ancestors, we will be in bondage all our life, and we will transmit that to our children and grandchildren. Now is the time to do it. To liberate them means to liberate ourselves. This is the teaching of interbeing. As long as the ancestors in us are still suffering, we cannot really be happy. If we take one step mindfully, freely, happily touching the earth, we do it for all previous and future generations. They all arrive with us at the same moment, and all of us find peace at the same time.