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People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backwards to their ancestors. - Edmund Burke

To forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root. - Chinese Proverb

Every man is his own ancestor, and every man his own heir. He devises his own future, and he inherits his own past. - H.F. Hedge

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

There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his. (from 'The Story of My Life')  - Helen Keller

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