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Ancestry is a hereditary condition. - Unknown

People like to trace their ancestry. - Richard Dawkins

My family tree could use some pruning. - Unknown

A happy family is but an earlier heaven. - Sir John Bowring

Our ancestors ... were laborers, not lawyers. - Thomas Jefferson

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

An iron curtain has descended across the continent. - Winston Churchill

Besmooch the family name in the eyes of the community. - Archie Bunker

The meek shall inherit the earth, but not the mineral rights. - J Paul Getty

Do not remove the ancient landmark that your ancestors set up. - Bible

Remember as far as anyone knows, we're a nice normal family. - Homer Simpson

Having a family is like having a bowling alley installed in your head. - Martin Mull

You can't choose your ancestors, and neither can your descendants. - Unknown

For our immediate family and relatives, Canada was a land of opportunity. - Sidney Altman

We do not inherit the earth from our parents. We borrow it from our children. - Unknown

Live so you won't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip. - Will Rogers

As a child, my family's menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it. - Buddy Hackett

Conventions are like coins, an easy way of dealing with the commerce of relations. - Freya Stark

You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them. - Desmond Tutu

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

Character is better than ancestry, and personal conduct is of more importance than the highest. - Thomas J. Barnardo

There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children - one is roots, and the other, wings. - Hodding S. Carter

You leave home to seek your fortune and, when you get it, you go home and share it with your family. - Anita Baker

I don't know who my grandfather was, I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be. - Abraham Lincoln

When you start about family, about lineage and ancestry, you are talking about every person on earth. - Alex Haley

The first who was king was a fortunate soldier: Who serves his country well has no need of ancestors. - Voltaire

We are the children of many sires, and every drop of blood in us in its turn ... betrays its ancestor. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every family story has 1,000 other stories contained within it, like an unending series of nesting dolls. - Alison Pick

Any living cell carries within it the experiences of a billion years of experimentation by its ancestors. - Max Delbrook

I've come to learn that the best time to debate family members is when they have good in their mouths. - Kenneth Cole

Smartness runs in my family. When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was in my class for five years. - George Burns

Family, religion, friendship... these are the three demons you must slay if you wish to succeed in business. - Mr. Burns

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

Life's golden age is when the children are too old to need babysitters and too young to borrow the family car. - Unknown

We split from our common ancestor with the octopus half a billion years ago. And yet, you can make friends with an octopus. - Sy Montgomery

We are all omnibuses in which our ancestors ride, and every now and then one of them sticks his head out and embarrasses us. - Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

What ya eat ain't got nuttin' to do with how old ya are. That all depends on your ancestors. It's what they call a matter of heresy. - Archie Bunker

Our ancestors ... possessed a right, which nature has given to all men, of departing from the country in which chance, not choice has placed them. - Thomas Jefferson

Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven't got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die. - Oscar Wilde

If you think that nobility consists of having sixteen ancestors rather than merit, great Prince, then you may - and you may also praise or condemn me. - Franz Grillparzer


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