Heritage Quotes

A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.- Will Durant


America is not a melting pot but a Mosaic.- Pat M. Derian


America, America! God shed His grace on thee And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea!- Katherine Lee Bates


And the forest calls and I soon shall go Where the last of my kindred tread; For I'd rather die with a dying race Than live where the light has fled.- Lilith Lorraine


Birth, ancestry, and that which you yourself have not achieved can hardly be called your own.- Greek Proverb


Every creative act draws on the past whether it pretends to or not. It draws on what it knows. There is no such thing, really, as a creative act in a vacuum.- Ada Louise Huxtable


Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.- Mignon McLaughlin


Give me you tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teaming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door!- Emma Lazarus


I empathize with those who yearn for a simpler world, for some bygone golden age of domestic and international tranquility, Perhaps for a few people at some time in history there was such an age. But for the mass of humanity it is an age that never was.- Shirley Hufstedler


I see so many of these new folks nowadays, that seem to have neither past nor future. Conversation's got to have some root in the past, or else you've got to explain every remark, an' it wears a person out.- Sarah Orne Jewett


I speak to the black experience, but I am always talking about the human condition--about what we can endure, dream, fail at, and still survive.- Maya Angelou


If you don't remember history accurately, how can you learn?- Maya Lin


It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.- Anne Sexton


It is one proof of a good education, and of a true refinement of feeling, to respect antiquity.- Lydia Sigourney


Knowledge of (another) culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize ore steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own.- Margaret Mead


Masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the expeience of the mass is behind the single voice.- Virginia Woolf

Oh, wondrous power! how little understood, entrusted to the mother's mind alone, to fashion genius, form the soul for good, inspire a West, or train a Washington.- Sarah J. Hale


Our generation reclaimed the land, our children fought the war, and our grand-children should enjoy the peace.- Golda Meir


Science and time and necessity have propelled us, the United States, to be the general store for the world, dealers in everything. Most of all, merchants for a better way of life.- Lady Bird Johnson


Slavery. it is true, was to some extent introduced into New England, but it never suited the genius of the people, never struck deep root, or spread so as to choke the good seed of self-helpfulness...People, having once felt the thorough neatness and beauty of execution which came of free, educated, and thoughtful lavor, could not tolerate the clumsiness of slavery.- Harriet Beecher Stowe


Students of all cultures are supposed to come together on campus to learn from each other and about each other...This trend toward ethnic identification has often come at the expense of the unity represented by the symbol of the melting pot.- Sandra Day O\'Connor


The past which is so presumptuously brought forward as a precedent for the present, was itself founded on some past that went before it.- Mme. de Stael


The United States is not a nation of people which in the long run allows itself to be pushed around.- Dorothy Thompson


The world is grand, beautiful, thrilling. But I love New York.- Dorothy Kilgallen


There is a spirit and a need and a man at the beginning of every great human advance. Each of these must be right for that particular moment of history, or nothing happens.- Coretta Scott King


There is not enough loving-kindness afloat in the continental United States to see a crippled old lady across an Indian trail.- Margaret Halsey


There's a magical tie to the land of our home, which the heart cannot break, though the footsteps may roam.- Eliza Cook


Though a tree grow ever so high, the falling leaves return to the ground.- Malayan Proverb


Traditions are group efforts to keep the unexpected from happening.- Barbara Tober


True patriotism doesn't exclude an understanding of the patriotism of others.- Elizabeth II Queen


Truly there is nothing in the world so blessed or so sweet as the heritage of children.- Carolina Oliphant


We grew up founding our dreams on the infinite promise of American advertising.- Zelda Fitzgerald


Women have got to make the world safe for men since men have made it so darned unsafe for women.- Nancy Astor


Yes, we have a good many poor tired people here already, but we have plenty of mountains, river, woods, sunshine and air, for tired people to rest in. We have Kansas wheat and Iowa corn and Wisconsin cheese for them to eat. Texas cotton for them to wear. So give us as many as come--we can take it, and take care of them.- Mary Margaret McBride


You don't have to have fought in a war to love peace.- Geraldine Ferraro


You must know the story of you culture and be proud of you ancestors-- Roman Banuelos


Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.-Dwight D. Eisenhower


Rather than be asked to abandon one's own heritage and to adapt to the mores of the new country, one was expected to possess a treasure of foreign skills and customs that would enrich the resources of American living.-Rudolf Arnheim


Scientific thought and its creation is the common and shared heritage of mankind.-Abdus Salam


So many schools have cut the music classes out of their curriculum. We're trying to fill that gap by teaching the teachers how to educate the kids about their musical heritage.-Margaret Whiting


Sport is part of every man and woman's heritage and its absence can never be compensated for.-Pierre de Coubertin


Sport must be the heritage of all men and of all social classes.-Pierre de Coubertin


Students now arrive at the university ignorant and cynical about our political heritage, lacking the wherewithal to be either inspired by it or seriously critical of it.-Allan Bloom


The Blind Boys are truly the deepest well of American musical heritage you can discover.-Ben Harper


The case for freedom, the case for our constitutional principles the case for our heritage has to be made anew in each generation. The work of freedom is never done.-Anthony Kennedy


The Council of Islamic Affairs is doing a great service to the world by promoting a greater understanding in America of the rich heritage of the Islamic peoples and their hopes and aspirations for the future.-Aly Khan


The countless number of influential figures in American history who are of Caribbean heritage indicates the need to set aside a designated time to celebrate their contribution to our country.-Eliot Engel


The creation of Physics is the shared heritage of all mankind. East and West, North and South have equally participated in it.-Abdus Salam


The curriculum of the school did not neglect India's cultural, analytical and scientific heritage, but was very involved also with the rest of the world.-Amartya Sen


The deepest problems of modern life derive from the claim of the individual to preserve the autonomy and individuality of his existence in the face of overwhelming social forces, of historical heritage, of external culture, and of the technique of life.-Georg Simmel


The estate tax punishes years of hard work and robs families of part of their heritage by imposing a huge penalty on inheritance after death - a tax on money that has already been taxed.-Mike Fitzpatrick


The evidence of a Jewish civilization going back more than two millennia is overwhelmingly borne out in the archaeology of the region. The heritage of the Jews in Palestine is documented.-Jack Schwartz


The music we're playing now is based on my heritage, which is Russian, Romanian and Hungarian.-Herbie Mann


The musical heritage of Yorkshire is deep and wide.-Lesley Garrett


The name of "reform" simply covers what is latently a process of the theft of the national heritage.-Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


The oak has long been an enduring and mighty tree. It is truly a part of our national heritage and it merits the formal distinction of America's National Tree.-Bob Goodlatte

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