Ancestry Quotes

The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope. Love of the past implies faith in the future. - Stephen Ambrose

To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain perpetually a child. For what is the worth of a human life unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history? - Marcus Tullius Cicero

People will never look forward to Posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.- Edmund Burke

He that has no fools, knaves, or beggars in his family must have been begot by a flash of lightning! - Thomas Fuller

It's a poor family tree that doesn't have either a thief or madam hanging from its branches. - unknown

Human beings look separate because you see them walking about separately. But then we are so made that we can see only the present moment. If we could see the past, then of course it would look different. For there was a time when every man was part of his mother, and (earlier still) part of his father as well, and when they were part of his grandparents. If you could see humanity spread out in time, as God sees it, it would look like one single growing thing--rather like a very complicated tree. Every individual would appear connected with every other.- C. S. Lewis

Those who do not look upon themselves as a link, connecting the past with the future, do not perform their duty to the world.- Daniel Webster

Found a Yankee in my family tree; will trade for horse thief or other black sheep.- unknown

We live with a heritage from earlier generations and must seek to create positive legacies for those who follow us. When the old are not allowed to tell their story, the young grow up without history. If the young are not listened to, we have no future.- Dr. Gunhild O. Hagostad

Family is everything. It defines you--the heart of your spirit, the heritage of your smile, not only the color of your eyes but how they see the world. You are bound by kinship. You add your own link to the chain, and that is where you strengthen or weaken what you have been blessed--or burdened--with. That is where you use the indefinable quality that belongs to only you, the bit of uniqueness you pass on to your children for good or bad, the part of you that will always be separate from those who share your name, your blood, and your past. - Deborah Smith

Though the generations wander, the lineage survives, and all of us, from dust to dust . . . we all become forefathers, by and by. - Dan Fogelburg

The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future. - Herbert Spencer

The theory of relativity says that no matter what you do in life, your relatives will have a theory. - Snapple bottle cap

I can trace my ancestry back to a protoplasmal primordial atomic globule. Consequently, my family pride is something inconceivable. I can't help it. I was born sneering.- Sir W. S. Gilbert


Our ancestors are very good kind of folks; but they are the last people I should choose to have a visiting acquaintance with. - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Family History: It is not just a hobby. It is a vitally important preservation mission for future generations of our family.- George G. Morgan


The farther back you look, the farther back you see.- Winston Churchill

What is research but a blind date with knowledge? - Will Henry

To live in the hearts we leave behind, is not to die. - Thomas Campbell

If you want a place in the sun, you must leave the shade of the family tree. - Osage saying

As the leaves on the trees is the life of man. - Homer

There is something about a closet that makes a skeleton terribly restless.- John Barrymore

The only thing wrong with immortality is that it tends to go on forever.- Herb Coen

If your descent is from heroic sires, show in your life a remnant of their fires.- Nicholas Boileau

Nothing is so soothing to our self esteem as to find our bad traits in our forebears. It seems to absolve us. - Van Wyck Brooks

None of us can boast about the morality of our ancestors. The record does not show that Adam and Eve were ever married.- Edgar Watson Howe

Hereditary honors are a noble and a splendid treasure to descendants.- Plato.

It is worthwhile for anyone to have behind him a few generations of honest, hard-working ancestry. - J. P. Marquand