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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.
One who is proud of ancestry is like a turnip; there is nothing good of him but that which is underground
He who boasts of his ancestry praises the merits of another
Some men by ancestry are only the shadow of a mighty name.
Maybe if I go far enough back into my ancestry, I have African roots or something. I've got no idea.
The man who has nothing to boast of but his illustrious ancestry is like the potato - the best part under ground.
It is worthwhile for anyone to have behind him a few generations of honest, hard-working ancestry.
John Phillips Marquand
When you start about family, about lineage and ancestry, you are talking about every person on earth.
Character is better than ancestry, and personal conduct is of more importance than the highest.
Thomas John Barnardo
If the means were available, we could trace our ancestry - yours and mine - back to the first blob of life-like material that came into being on the planet.
Clifford D Simak
Distinctions between citizens solely because of their ancestry are by their very nature odious to a free people whose institutions are founded upon the doctrine of equality.
The Democratic Party is like a mule. It has neither pride of ancestry nor hope of posterity.
A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbours.
W R Inge
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