Ancestors Quotes

Of my ancestry I know almost nothing. In the slave quarters, and even later, I heard whispered conversations among the coloured people of the tortures which the slaves, including, no doubt, my ancestors on my mother’s side, suffered in the middle passage of the slave ship while being conveyed from Africa to America.

Every man serves a useful purpose: A miser, for example, makes a wonderful ancestor.

You should study the Peerage… It is the best thing in fiction the English have ever done.

Nearly every man is a firm believer in heredity until his son makes a fool of himself.

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

A man’s rootage is more important than his leafage.

A genealogist is one who traces your family back as far as your money will go.

Genealogy: Tracing yourself back to people better than you are.

They that on glorious ancestors enlarge – Produce their debt instead of their discharge.

To forget one’s ancestor’s is to be a brook without a source, a tree without root.