Top 74 Ancestors Quotes

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“We should not look down on our first ancestors.”

― Alice Walker

“If you remember your ancestors, they can cross over and be with you again.”

― Anthony Gonzalez

“In a sense, all Americans are battle-born. Our ancestors came here for something better.”

― Brandon Flowers

“Maybe my caveman ancestors invented the wheel or something. I’m not sure.”

― Brendan Fraser

“Even city people have ancestors who had their hands in the dirt.”

― Carlene Carter

“All of our ancestors came from somewhere.”

― Carol Kane

“It is fortunate that each generation does not comprehend its own ignorance. We are thus enabled to call our ancestors barbarous.”

― Charles Dudley Warner

“To us, the ashes of our ancestors are sacred and their resting place is hallowed ground.”

― Chief Seattle

“For nearly 2 million years, our ancestors survived and thrived and spread across the planet because they could run other mammals into heat exhaustion.”

― Christopher McDougall

“There is nothing glorious about what our ancestors call history. It is simply a succession of mistakes, intolerances and violations.”

― Claude Vorilhon

“Because our ancestors lived in social groups that changed slowly, because they encountered the same people throughout their lives, they could keep almost every social detail they needed to know in their heads.”

― Daniel Levitin

“None of us can boast about the morality of our ancestors. The record does not show that Adam and Eve were ever married.”

― E. W. Howe

“In the modern era, Jewish sovereignty over the land of our ancestors is a relatively short phenomenon. From the time of the successful Maccabean revolt to the Roman annexation in 63 BC constitutes about 100 years of Jewish rule. Combined with Israel’s independence in 1948, this is about 160 years of effective sovereignty.”

― Edgar Bronfman, Sr.

“I went to Boston fully expecting to be arrested – arrested by a polizia created by a government that my ancestors rebelled to establish.”

― Edna St. Vincent Millay

“Writing is conscience, scruple, and the farming of our ancestors.”

― Edward Dahlberg

“My ancestors are Highland Scots, and my father’s home in north Alabama is so much like northwest Arkansas. I have the same allergies in both places.”

― Ellen Gilchrist

“I have a profound interest in embroidery, as I have female ancestors on both sides who embroidered their way through great trials.”

― Emil Ferris

“My ancestors were fighters, something I have inherited.”

― Eric Cantona

“Christianity doesn’t demand that we worship our ancestors. If we don’t remember our ancestors, then, in all likelihood, we cannot also recall the distant past.”

― F. Sionil Jose

“To understand and reconnect with our stories, the stories of the ancestors, is to build our identities.”

― Frank Delaney

“There is no escape – we pay for the violence of our ancestors.”

― Frank Herbert

“I am 3.8 percent Neanderthal. One of my ancestors mated with a Neanderthal, and I am not embarrassed by that.”

― George M. Church

“I like to cook, and I tend to make those one-pot meat dishes of my Hungarian ancestors. Also, I make a great Bolognese.”

― Goldie Hawn

“Almost certainly, my ancestors had travelled by sea from Sweden to England in search of prosperity, and the evidence suggests they left Sweden around the ninth or 10th centuries.”

― Gordon Brown

“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

“It turns out one of my ancestors fought in the Continental Army, so I was inducted into the Sons of the American Revolution.”

― Henry Louis Gates

“Among my European ancestors were piano builders, goldsmiths, and vintners but, to the best of my knowledge, no professionals of any kind.”

― Herbert A. Simon

“In arguing that machines think, we are in the same fix as Darwin when he argued that man shares common ancestors with monkeys, or Galileo when he argued that the Earth spins on its axis.”

― Herbert A. Simon

“We all have genes that come from our ancestors that aren’t used – they’re not turned on. So we actually carry ancient genes with us. If you could figure out how to turn those on, you could resurrect ancient characteristics from our ancestors.”

― Jack Horner

“In many ways, each of us is the sum total of what our ancestors were. The virtues they had may be our virtues, their strengths our strengths, and, in a way, their challenges could be our challenges.”

― James E. Faust

“We forget that the soul has its own ancestors.”

― James Hillman

“All Americans are either immigrants or descendants of ancestors who came from somewhere else, including Native Americans. We should all respect and admire immigrants.”

― Jan C. Ting

“I think my ancestors had to be enormously strong emotionally and very courageous.”

― Jim Murphy

“Humans are upsetting a fragile balance that their own human ancestors established.”

― Joan D. Vinge

“Our ancestors went to the woods to find fuel; they set snares there for birds and gathered nuts and fungi.”

― John Burnside

“Gentility is what is left over from rich ancestors after the money is gone.”

― John Ciardi

“My ancestors include Monahwee, who was one of the leaders in the Red Stick War, which was the largest Indian uprising in history, and Osceola, who refused to sign a treaty with the United States.”

― Joy Harjo

“My ancestors are Rajputs from Jaipur, a lineage of the royal family.”

― Kangana Ranaut

“I’d love to meet my ancestors. I’d love to be able to speak to them.”

― Louise Erdrich

“Jesus is an example. We have other examples, including many of our ancestors as role models who understood the inner meaning of our orientation.”

― Malcolm Boyd

“In France, when there was a war, we fought and our ancestors fought, though many had real reason to flee the Germans.”

― Marion Marechal-Le Pen

“You and I probably wouldn’t be here if our ancestors hadn’t been greedy savages.”

― Mark Pagel

“I’m one hundred percent Irish, and I’m very proud that I’m Irish American, though I don’t know exactly where my ancestors came from. I just know County Cork.”

― Michael Connelly

“We must create the Georgia that our ancestors dreamed of, the Georgia that we dream of.”

― Mikheil Saakashvili

“When my ancestors came from Africa, they were shackled by our neck, our wrists, and our ankles in steel chains. I’ve turned those steel chains into gold to symbolize the fact that I’m still a slave, only my price tag is higher.”

― Mr. T

“Do we have to give Mr Sarkozy a history lesson? Yes, there are Gauls among our ancestors. But there are also Romans, Normans, Celts, Nicois, Corsicans, Arabs, Italians, Spanish. That’s France.”

― Najat Vallaud-Belkacem

“Generational change within a genre is hard to parse while it’s happening. Only in retrospect can the passing of the baton from ancestors to progeny be clearly discerned.”

― Paul Di Filippo

“Mushrooms are miniature pharmaceutical factories, and of the thousands of mushroom species in nature, our ancestors and modern scientists have identified several dozen that have a unique combination of talents that improve our health.”

― Paul Stamets

“Traditionally, our ancestors boiled mushrooms in water to make a soothing tea. Boiling served several purposes: killing contaminants, softening the flesh, and extracting the rich soluble polysaccharides.”

― Paul Stamets

“Through trial-and-error and observable outcomes, our ancestors narrowed the field of edible mushroom candidates to just a few with remarkable, health-supporting properties.”

― Paul Stamets

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

― Plutarch

“We must strive to become good ancestors.”

― Ralph Nader

“Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The written word is the only anchor we have in life. How extraordinary would it be if we had even three or four paragraphs written honestly about their lives by our ancestors?”

― Randy Wayne White

“When the ancestors of the cheetah first began pursuing the ancestors of the gazelle, neither of them could run as fast as they can today.”

― Richard Dawkins

“For the first half of geological time our ancestors were bacteria. Most creatures still are bacteria, and each one of our trillions of cells is a colony of bacteria.”

― Richard Dawkins

“The world is well supplied with spiders whose male ancestors died after mating. The world is bereft of spiders whose would-be ancestors never mated in the first place.”

― Richard Dawkins

“My ancestors came from Co Roscommon, transported to Van Diemen’s Land for stealing food.”

― Richard Flanagan

“I, too, am convinced that our ancestors came from Africa.”

― Richard Leakey

“Most of our ancestors were not perfect ladies and gentlemen. The majority of them weren’t even mammals.”

― Robert Anton Wilson

“Each has his own tree of ancestors, but at the top of all sits Probably Arboreal.”

― Robert Louis Stevenson

“Indeed, if our ancestors of millions of years ago hadn’t learned how to care for one another and hunt in packs, they’d all have ended up being eaten by leopards.”

― Robert Shea

“To me it seems that the warm blooded dinosaurs replaced advanced mammal ancestors that were warm blooded, also.”

― Robert T. Bakker

“My mother’s Maori, and my father’s Australian. I take my strength from both my ancestors, and I’m really privileged.”

― Robert Whittaker

“It is possible that strong levels of belief in God, gods, spirits or the supernatural might have given our ancestors considerable comforts and advantages.”

― Robert Winston

“It’s very clear from Biblical history and Jewish history that Jewish monotheism wasn’t developed in an instant, that it became gradually the accepted norm. But undoubtedly, Jewish ancestors were polytheists.”

― Robert Winston

“Genealogy is among the fastest-growing leisure pursuits in the U.K. Indeed, the urge to uncover the truth about our ancestors has proved so compelling that, when the 1901 census first went online, the website crashed after a million people logged on within hours of its launch.”

― Rory Bremner

“English is an outrageous tangle of those derivations and other multifarious linguistic influences, from Yiddish to Shoshone, which has grown up around a gnarly core of chewy, clangorous yawps derived from ancestors who painted themselves blue to frighten their enemies.”

― Roy Blount, Jr.

“Distinguished ancestors shed a powerful light on their descendants, and forbid the concealment either of their merits or of their demerits.”

― Sallust

“Well into the 20th century, black people spoke of their flight from Mississippi in much the same manner as their runagate ancestors had.”

― Ta-Nehisi Coates

“Who serves his country well has no need of ancestors.”

― Voltaire

“Until about 30,000 years ago, there were at least five other species of humans on the planet. Homo Sapiens, our ancestors, lived mainly in East Africa, and you had the Neanderthal in Europe, Homo Erectus in part of Asia, and so forth.”

― Yuval Noah Harari

“I think these people have betrayed or have forgotten their ancestors.”

― Zhu Rongji

“We are so indebted to our ancestors, musically speaking, that they have left us 400 years of music.”

― Zubin Mehta
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