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    The man who has not anything to boast of but his illustrious
    ancestors is like a potato,--the only good belonging to him is
    under ground.

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Say, when the ground our father Adam till'd,
And mother Eve the humble distaff held,
Who then read more

Say, when the ground our father Adam till'd,
And mother Eve the humble distaff held,
Who then his pedigree presumed to trace,
Or challenged the prerogative of place?
[Lat., Primus Adam duro cum vertet arva ligone,
Pensaque de vili deceret Eva colo:
Ecquis in hoc poterat vir nobilis orbe videri?
Et modo quisquam alios ante locandue erir?

by Samuel Foote Found in: Ancestry Quotes,
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I came up-stairs into the world; for I was born in a cellar.

I came up-stairs into the world; for I was born in a cellar.

by William Congreve Found in: Ancestry Quotes,
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He who boasts of his ancestry praises the merits of another.

He who boasts of his ancestry praises the merits of another.

by Seneca Found in: Ancestry Quotes,
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The wisdom of our ancestors.

The wisdom of our ancestors.

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Faith, I know nothing about it; I am my own ancestor.
[Fr., An, ma foi, je n'en sais rien; read more

Faith, I know nothing about it; I am my own ancestor.
[Fr., An, ma foi, je n'en sais rien; moi je suis mon ancetre.]

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Birth and ancestry, and that which we have not ourselves
achieved, we can scarcely call our own.
[Lat., read more

Birth and ancestry, and that which we have not ourselves
achieved, we can scarcely call our own.
[Lat., Nam genus et proavos et quae non fecimus ipsi
Vix ea nostra voco.]

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If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.

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Whoever serves his country well has no need of ancestors.

Whoever serves his country well has no need of ancestors.

by Voltaire Found in: Ancestry Quotes,
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There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had read more

There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his.

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