Top 200 Ancestors Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Ancestors Quotes from famous people such as George M. Church, Anne Reid, Luanne Rice, Paul Stamets, Robert Anton Wilson, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

I am 3.8 percent Neanderthal. One of my ancestors mated

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’m enormously proud of being the ancestor of a convict. That’s mad, isn’t it, but I really am.
Anne Reid
I traveled to Ireland to research ‘Sandcastles,’ to visit the coastline where my ancestors looked toward America, the tiny town they once loved so much, and the docks from which they sailed toward their dreams of building a better life for their family. The answers I found on that journey are woven through the novel.
Luanne Rice
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
Most of our ancestors were not perfect ladies and gentlemen. The majority of them weren’t even mammals.
Robert Anton Wilson
There is beauty in our roots. Sometimes we think our roots are shameful, and people tell you that you’re no good or your ancestors are no good or that you come from a neighborhood of no hope and terrible crime. But it’s about the beauty of those places, and I carry that with me.
Luis Alberto Urrea
There is no escape – we pay for the violence of our ancestors.
Frank Herbert
I have a profound interest in embroidery, as I have female ancestors on both sides who embroidered their way through great trials.
Emil Ferris
We are a continuum. Just as we reach back to our ancestors for our fundamental values, so we, as guardians of that legacy, must reach ahead to our children and their children. And we do so with a sense of sacredness in that reaching.
Paul Tsongas
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
I like knowing that the further back one traces any lineage, the narrower the path grows, to the haunt of just a few shaggy ancestors, with luck on their side, little gizmos in their cells and a future storied with impulses and choices that will ultimately define them.
Diane Ackerman
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
It is because I recognize the brutality with which my own multi-branched ancestors have been treated that I can identify the despicable, lawless, cruel, and sadistic behavior that has characterized Israel’s attempts to erase a people, the Palestinians, from their own land.
Alice Walker
Being the U.S. champion is a big deal for me. Knowing that my ancestors built this country, it’s kind of like, the Irish were treated badly in this country for a long time, with a lot of tacky Irish stereotypes, so to me, it’s kind of like a bragging right.
Sheamus
My ancestors come from a part of southern China where most villages can trace their roots back at least a thousand years or even more. However, as a typical American, I have lived in four cities and moved at least seven times.
Laurence Yep
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.
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
Strangely enough, among my dad’s things, I found the diary of an ancestor who was born in 1797 and became a ventriloquist in London. That was quite chilling. It described exactly how I was as a child but 150 years earlier – doing voices, pretending to be a ventriloquist.
Christopher Guest
Latinos have fought in all of America’s wars, beginning with the Revolutionary War. Many Latinos are fighting and dying for our country today in Iraq, just as several of their ancestors fought for freedom in Mexico over a century ago.
Joe Baca
OUR history begins before we are born. We represent the hereditary influences of our race, and our ancestors virtually live in us.
James Nasmyth
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
Breathing air is a liberating experience. It freed our ancestors from the constraints of staying wet or having to remain within easy reach of water for refuge, respiration or reproduction. But the biggest change it made in our lives was to expose us to a whole new range of sensory experience.
Lyall Watson
In the developed world, we live 30 years longer, on average, than our ancestors born a century ago, but the price we pay for those added years is the rise of chronic diseases.
S. Jay Olshansky
So much of the physical world has been explored. But the deluge of data I get to investigate really lets me chart new territory. Genetic data from people living today forms an archaeological record of what happened to their ancestors 10,000 years ago.
Pardis Sabeti
Science offers us the possibility of understanding natural rhythms and events that must have seemed like the work of angry and unpredictable gods to our ancestors.
Alice Roberts
I think my ancestors had to be enormously strong emotionally and very courageous.
Jim Murphy
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 believe there is a strong familial pull as the influence of beloved ancestors continues with us from the other side of the veil.
James E. Faust
Every man is his own ancestor, and every man is his own heir. He devises his own future, and he inherits his own past.
Frederick Henry Hedge
I love many places to which I have no connection, but identifying an ancestor, or someone I think is an ancestor, has taken me to places I’d never have gone to otherwise.
Jeremy Hardy
It’s important to remember that we evolved. Now, I know that’s a dirty word for some people, but we evolved from common ancestors with the gorillas, the chimpanzee and also the bonobos. We have a common past, and we have a common future.
Louise Leakey
We split from our common ancestor with the octopus half

We split from our common ancestor with the octopus half a billion years ago. And yet, you can make friends with an octopus.
Sy Montgomery
I shall cheerfully bear the reproach of having descended below the dignity of history if I can succeed in placing before the English of the nineteenth century a true picture of the life of their ancestors.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
I find my husband’s family history fascinating, as they can trace the family lineage back to ancestors who fought, and died, in the first battle of the Revolution, as well as to many other interesting people.
Kim Edwards
My parents came from the south. So their ancestors were actually slaves in this country.
Isaac Wright Jr.
I come from a community that has a lot of white kids, and I notice how, a lot of times, they don’t understand our differences and how I come from a different culture and my ancestors are different and my history is different.
Marley Dias
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
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
You notice patterns. White guests often are mortified – that word again – when they learn their ancestors owned slaves. But I’ve never had a black guest who was upset to learn about white ancestry that probably involved forced sexual relations.
Henry Louis Gates
We are so indebted to our ancestors, musically speaking, that they have left us 400 years of music.
Zubin Mehta
We are a country where the ancestors of slaves and newcomers escaping tyranny and violence can rise to the highest positions in the land.
Tom Malinowski
I love myself, I love my skin, and I love my history. I’m grateful for who I am, grateful for the people who made me, my ancestors, and I wouldn’t change a thing.
Wunmi Mosaku
Our ancestors went through so much in a fight for us to vote. So I believe that we should engage in all civic participation. It’s healthy engagement.
Susan Burton
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
When I looked at the family tree and at where my ancestors lived, it was places like Rothbury and Tropton! I was going, ‘No, that can’t be the reason why I feel so at home there.’ But could it be in my DNA? It’s kind of shocking.
Robson Green
I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don’t feel threatened. I don’t feel discriminated against.
Ben Stein
We can only solve our biggest problems if we come together and embrace the freedoms that our Founding Fathers established right here in Philadelphia, which permitted our ancestors to create the great American exceptionalism that all of us now enjoy.
Michael Bloomberg
For over two billion years, through the apparent fancy of her endless differentiations and metamorphosis the Cell, as regards its basic physiological mechanisms, has remained one and the same. It is life itself, and our true and distant ancestor.
Albert Claude
My father is 100% Japanese and came to the United States when he was only 18 years old. My grandmother still resides in Japan, which has allowed me to travel to the roots of my ancestors with my father.
Apolo Ohno
The highly functional infrastructure that surrounds us, particularly in the West, is a gift from our ancestors: the comparatively uncorrupt political and economic systems, the technology, the wealth, the lifespan, the freedom, the luxury, and the opportunity.
Jordan Peterson
The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who… looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space… on the infinite highway of the air.
Wilbur Wright
To us, the ashes of our ancestors are sacred and their resting place is hallowed ground.
Chief Seattle
In many traditions, the world was sung into being: Aboriginal Australians believe their ancestors did so. In Hindu and Buddhist thought, Om was the seed syllable that created the world.
Jay Griffiths
We know that genes shape human cultures and human societies: The DNA we inherited from our ancestors makes certain foods taste better, affects the way we care for children, influences what colors we find vibrant, and contributes to our love of socializing, among other examples.
Sam Kean
If you remember your ancestors, they can cross over and be with you again.
Anthony Gonzalez
Our ancestors always thought of the worst thing that could happen, and that’s why we’re alive.
Fiona Apple
I brought a Border Collie back home to Vancouver from Wales – where some of my ancestors are from – and needed to challenge him in other ways than just being my pet. So I investigated sheep herding and took a few lessons, and decided I was probably learning more than my dog!
Jane Siberry
Many mathematicians derive part of their self-esteem by feeling themselves the proud heirs of a long tradition of rational thinking; I am afraid they idealize their cultural ancestors.
Edsger Dijkstra
I have a real interest in working with younger Native artists. I think it’s a very important way for Native people to communicate the realities of our culture and remember our ancestors.
John Trudell
My ancestors had to keep their customs secret for fear of death or persecution, so it’s common to be secretive and discreet about Regla de Ocha. But it’s my family’s spirituality, so I don’t want to keep it secret.
Princess Nokia
But it really wasn’t until three to four years later, when we had an opportunity in the lab to make very detailed observations, and comparisons with other fossil discoveries, that we realized she was a new species of human ancestor.
Donald Johanson
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
I think these people have betrayed or have forgotten th

I think these people have betrayed or have forgotten their ancestors.
Zhu Rongji
I have often noticed that ancestors never boast of the descendants who boast of ancestors. I would rather start a family than finish one. Blood will tell, but often it tells too much.
Don Marquis
I am a Malayali. My ancestors are from Tamil Nadu, but they settled in Irinjalakuda.
Sudha Chandran
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
Crafts make us feel rooted, give us a sense of belonging and connect us with our history. Our ancestors used to create these crafts out of necessity, and now we do them for fun, to make money and to express ourselves.
Phyllis George
Our ancestors relied upon their advanced brains to survive during times of food shortage, and fortunately, the human brain is able to utilize body fat as an extremely efficient fuel to sustain function when glucose-providing food is unavailable.
David Perlmutter
One of the core ideas of the Bible is that meaning can be found in history. The sheer act of telling and retelling stories helps us to understand God’s role in the world as well as our own position in a long line of ancestors who have wrestled with similar issues to the ones we wrestle with every day.
Bruce Feiler
We must wake up to the insane reality of our time. We are all irresponsible, unless we demand from the responsible decision makers that modern armaments must no longer be made available to people whose former battle axes and swords our ancestors condemned.
Thor Heyerdahl
I love working with genre. And to me, the Victorian novel is the flourishing ancestor I’m always trying to access when I write.
Jennifer Egan
Jimmy Baldwin was not only a writer, an international literary figure: he was a man, spirit, voice – old and black and terrible as that first ancestor.
Amiri Baraka
Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
White Americans, stop apologizing; we live in the greatest country in the history of mankind, and it’s there because of our ancestors – those who came to this country and did their very best. And every generation has gotten better at what we’re good at.
Burgess Owens
Someone accompanies every soul from the other side when it enters this place. Usually it is an ancestor with whom that child shares traits and gifts.
Joy Harjo
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
We all stand on the shoulders of our ancestors. We’re in a relay race, relying on the financial and human capital of our parents and grandparents. Blacks were shackled for the early part of that relay race, and although many of the fetters have come off, whites have developed a huge lead.
Nicholas Kristof
To live in Portsmouth without possessing a family portrait done by Copley is like living in Boston without having an ancestor in the old Granary Burying-Ground. You can exist, but you cannot be said to flourish.
Thomas Bailey Aldrich
We talk different languages, eat different foods, but all humanity has one ancestor, which started from one person, which started from one god.
Ashraf Barhom
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
I always cherish my ancestors, my grandpa, great-grandpa, what they did for us, especially my dad who moved from Bosnia. He started a new life in Slovenia so basically I grew up there.
Goran Dragic
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
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
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
The Day of the Dead is a joyful celebration when you can connect with and remember your ancestors.
Anthony Gonzalez
It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
Plutarch
We feel closer to the drawings on the walls of Chauvet than the painting of, say, an Egyptian mural. These artists are not remote ancestors; they are brothers. They saw like us; they drew like us. We wear essentially the same clothes against the cold.
Simon McBurney
My own personal melting pot has no room for Hendrix or heavy metal, filled as it is with European ancestors such as Debussy, Sibelius, Bartok, Lutoslawski, and Ligeti.
Steven Stucky
I admire our ancestors, whoever they were. I think the first self-conscious person must have shaken in his boots. Because as he becomes self-conscious, he’s no longer part of nature. He sees himself against nature. He looks at the vastness of the universe and it looks hostile.
John Shelby Spong
I think often about my ancestors who struggled for freedom, and as I think of those giants and their broad shoulders, I also think about Joe Biden, who says, ‘If you are not voting for me, you ain’t black.’
Daniel Cameron
I have written about the women around me. My ancestors, my relatives, lovers. It was a way of trying to make it all make sense.
John Edgar Wideman
Some of my ancestors were religious dissenters who came to America over three hundred years ago. Others were abolitionists in New England in the eighteen forties and fifties.
Pete Seeger
To understand and reconnect with our stories, the stories of the ancestors, is to build our identities.
Frank Delaney
In many ways, each of us is the sum total of what our a

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
People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.
Edmund Burke
I love to read because I know that for a long time ancestors weren’t allowed to. I love to write. Because for a long time my people weren’t ‘allowed’ to. So I’m going to write my books, my apps and tell my stories.
Martellus Bennett
My ancestors came from Co Roscommon, transported to Van Diemen’s Land for stealing food.
Richard Flanagan
The first American ancestor of our name was a younger son of these old Devonshire people, and came to the Virginia colony in the reign of Charles the First.
John Sergeant Wise
If we want to set and enforce a limit on immigration, we have to be willing to say no to would-be immigrants who look a lot like our own ancestors, not because there’s anything wrong with them, but simply because admitting them would exceed our legal limit.
Jan C. Ting
It was through cooking food and sharing it with each other that our ancestors learned how to become social animals.
Ruth Reichl
I’m the descendant of enslaved black people in this country. You could’ve been born in 1820 if you were black and looked back to your ancestors and saw nothing but slaves all the way back to 1619. Look forward another 50 or 60 years and saw nothing but slaves.
Ta-Nehisi Coates
We observe closely related species in sympatry and infer how they evolved from a common ancestor.
Peter R. Grant
The ancestor of every action is a thought.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Touch is incredibly important as part of the human experience. Our ancestors relied on human touch to form and strengthen bonds with each other. Touch can accelerate a feeling of connection and releases hormones in our body that engender trust and build connection.
Vivek Murthy
Our ancestors are totally essential to our every waking moment, although most of us don’t even have the faintest idea about their lives, their trials, their hardships or challenges.
Annie Lennox
I think, in many people’s minds, the Confederate battle flag is not only a memorial to our ancestors, which is perfectly OK, but also a symbol of white superiority and an inclination for people to believe that even slavery would’ve been OK.
Jimmy Carter
My first name – I have no middle name – was chosen by my father, as he told me, on that solitary walk in the forested hills. He selected it from a verse of the seventh chapter of Isaiah; there was no Immanuel among our ancestors known to him.
Immanuel Velikovsky
My ancestors were fighters, something I have inherited.
Eric Cantona
Maybe my caveman ancestors invented the wheel or something. I’m not sure.
Brendan Fraser
We have a system that is deeply narcissistic – the consumer sort of capitalist culture. It’s all about me and now and what do I need that just makes you feel a bit better with all the stress. But in other healthy cultures, they have a real sense of ancestor and a sense of the next seven generations.
Gail Bradbrook
All of us in the Ball family in South Carolina, from the time we’re children, hear stories about our ancestors, the slave owners.
Edward Ball
If you share a common ancestor with somebody, you’re related to them. It doesn’t mean that you’re going to invite them to the family reunion, but it means that you share DNA.
Henry Louis Gates
Even city people have ancestors who had their hands in the dirt.
Carlene Carter
I haven’t checked, but I highly suspect that chickens evolved from an egg-laying ancestor, which would mean that there were, in fact, eggs before there were chickens. Genius.
Ta-Nehisi Coates
We forget that the soul has its own ancestors.
James Hillman
The people made worse off by slavery were those who were enslaved. Their descendants would have been worse off today if born in Africa instead of America. Put differently, the terrible fate of their ancestors benefitted them.
Thomas Sowell
My mother’s Maori, and my father’s Australian. I take my strength from both my ancestors, and I’m really privileged.
Robert Whittaker
I envy those Hindus and Buddhists who have in their religion philosophy and ancestor worship which build in the believer a continuity with the past, and that most important ingredient in the building of a nation – memory.
F. Sionil Jose
I was being groomed as an undergraduate to specialize in Midwestern prehistory, but going back to my teenage days, my interest has always been in our early human ancestors. I wanted to work in Africa.
Donald Johanson
Though as a psychologist I like to think that nothing human is foreign to me, I admit to having been repeatedly flabbergasted by the insouciance, and sometimes relish, with which our ancestors carried out and witnessed unspeakable cruelties.
Steven Pinker
Good food for free has been the holy grail of foragers since our ancestors first climbed down from the trees.
Tristram Stuart
And, you know, the fact is, if you believe in evolution, we all have a common ancestor, and we all have a common ancestry with the plant in the lobby. This is what evolution tells us. And, it’s true. It’s kind of unbelievable.
Jeff Hawkins
I can see why many Southerners, black ones in particular, don’t like the implication that Southernness and the Confederate heritage are one and the same, because they’re not. On the other hand, there are people who want to extirpate that completely and want folks to spit on the graves of their ancestors.
John Shelton Reed
If people want to believe that our ancestors were riding around on dinosaurs or that the protracted, increasing, and devastating warming of the Earth is just nature doing its thing – I guess I feel I have more useful battles to fight.
Michael Specter
Ancestor worship, or filial piety so characteristic of

Ancestor worship, or filial piety so characteristic of Asian cultures, for example, does not really resonate with Americans who favor children, not grandparents.
Alan Dundes
Building the future holds more attraction than ancestor worship, whichever ancestor we’re talking about.
Douglas Alexander
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
When our systematic knowledge of human expressive behavior is more advanced, it will be possible to study the literary and historical documents of the past and to determine the expressed and implied views of personality that determined the behavior of our ancestors.
Timothy Leary
Very long ago our ancestors had moral systems. Our current institutions are only a couple of thousand years old, which is really not old in the eyes of a biologist.
Frans de Waal
It’s part of my DNA as a Portuguese. Like many of my ancestors, there’s that need to discover the world – exploration is in my blood.
Mariana van Zeller
November is Native American Heritage month, and a good time to honor the legacy of our ancestors, but every day we should stop to think about our country’s beginning and that the United States would not exist if not for a great deal of sacrifice, blood, and tears by Indian Tribes across the country.
Deb Haaland
Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
When I was a child, my parents took my brothers and me to Port-au-Prince during the summer so we could get to know the country of our ancestors. Because Haiti is an island, the beach is everywhere. Haitians are particular, even snobby, about beaches.
Roxane Gay
In China there is a holiday around the death of your ancestors where everyone goes to the cemetery. It’s a celebratory thing. It’s very colorful.
Lulu Wang
To me it seems that the warm blooded dinosaurs replaced advanced mammal ancestors that were warm blooded, also.
Robert T. Bakker
Let us make future generations remember us as proud ancestors just as, today, we remember our forefathers.
Roh Moo-hyun
With this realization, came a growing need for men and women willing to take up arms in an effort to protect our American way of life and the freedoms so many of our ancestors died to entrench.
Jim Walsh
Somebody would think I was trying to get favored treatment because my ancestors had the name Moon. And that’s a joke.
Buzz Aldrin
I’m a mixture of Anglo-Saxon, a bit of Spanish and one-eighth American. I’ve often wondered if I have an Asiatic ancestor from the East as well because I have deep-set eyes. Make-up artists are constantly trying to shade my eyelids, and I have to point out that I don’t have any!
Olivia Williams
It is fortunate that each generation does not comprehend its own ignorance. We are thus enabled to call our ancestors barbarous.
Charles Dudley Warner
I don’t know much about my family history except that my father had straight black hair and his ancestors probably came from India.
Trevor McDonald
Chinese culture in general is not very religious. Confucianism is more a code of ethics than a religion, and ancestor worship is a way for parents to control you even after they’re dead.
David Henry Hwang
Gentility is what is left over from rich ancestors after the money is gone.
John Ciardi
I’ve learned that for Indian people, the opportunity for us to succeed is very slim. So acting was a great tool for that. And in the process of learning about my culture, I’ve learned how to connect myself again to my ancestors.
Adam Beach
Our African ancestors were the first to engage in breathing. By that logic, I think by breathing today, we are engaging in cultural appropriation of the first Homo sapiens. And so the only way I will ask you to stop being racist is to suffocate – to stop breathing.
Gad Saad
There’s a rich legend of this in other cultures, this speaking with ancestors. The Christian mystics communicated with angels.
James Redfield
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
A fossil is so powerful. It’s moving. This is my ancestor. The naturalist is moved by the fossil… not the cross.
Greg Graffin
I love my people’s history. I feel a huge responsibility to tell the stories of my past and my ancestors’ past.
Lynn Nottage
To be at the forefront of something that can spark a major change as far as kids going to an HBCU and learning about our history and learning about our culture and learning about our ancestors, where we came from – that’s a big thing, that’s a really big thing.
Robert Covington
Writing is conscience, scruple, and the farming of our ancestors.
Edward Dahlberg
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
Each has his own tree of ancestors, but at the top of all sits Probably Arboreal.
Robert Louis Stevenson
We should not look down on our first ancestors.
Alice Walker
We must create the Georgia that our ancestors dreamed of, the Georgia that we dream of.
Mikheil Saakashvili
Learning from the experiences of our ancestors, let us

Learning from the experiences of our ancestors, let us together create knowledge for all that benefits all.
Kailash Satyarthi
I have a deep tribal sense. I grew up in a synagogue that my ancestors built. I sat in the third row. My family was decent. They were good people; they were handshake people. So I never had a sense of rebellion.
Leonard Cohen
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
My ancestors are all crazy. My great-great-granddad, he was the last man to live in a cave in Nottingham.
Neon Hitch
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
This is our history – from the Transcontinental Railroad to the Hoover Dam, to the dredging of our ports and building of our most historic bridges – our American ancestors prioritized growth and investment in our nation’s infrastructure.
Cory Booker
It is fashionable in some quarters to say our ancestors were all evil. I reject that notion. I also reject the elitist worldview that these United States are anything but the greatest nation in the history of mankind.
Tate Reeves
What I would like to do is to leave behind a sustainable entity of a set of companies that operate in an exemplary manner in terms of ethics, values and continue what our ancestors left behind.
Ratan Tata
You and I probably wouldn’t be here if our ancestors hadn’t been greedy savages.
Mark Pagel
In a sense, all Americans are battle-born. Our ancestors came here for something better.
Brandon Flowers
We pay for the mistakes of our ancestors, and it seems only fair that they should leave us the money to pay with.
Don Marquis
I come from a family that has been here for almost 200 years. My ancestors started a very dangerous gunpowder business in 1802, and my great- grandfather and his father were both killed in gunpowder explosions.
Pete du Pont
Let them look to the past, but let them also look to the future; let them look to the land of their ancestors, but let them look also to the land of their children.
Wilfrid Laurier
I’m just confused as to where we lost that in America because it is everyone’s God-given right to think the way they think and that’s fine. That’s why our ancestors came here to America, to believe what they want, pray how they want and follow a religion with whoever they want.
Angie Harmon
Sweden is the home of my ancestors, and I have reserved a special place in my heart for Sweden.
Carl D. Anderson
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
As you know, the fossil record includes not only the ancestors of crocodiles and whales, but also the ancestors of human beings. And this, of course, is why evolution remains controversial.
Kenneth R. Miller
We must strive to become good ancestors.
Ralph Nader
I went to Cork, Ireland, and stood on the dock some of my ancestors had left from. I felt their ghosts gather round me, and I cried to imagine what it must have felt like – leaving that beautiful land and those beloved people, knowing it was forever.
Luanne Rice
I think, in many people’s minds, the Confederate battle flag is not only a memorial to our ancestors, which is perfectly OK, but also a symbol of white superiority and an inclination for people to believe that even slavery would’ve been OK.
Jimmy Carter
Being a son of the South puts you in a different position when it comes to the Confederate flag. It means something entirely different to the people who have ancestors who fought in the Civil War on the south side of the Mason-Dixon line.
Steve King
I don’t think many of us face the same sort of physical adventures our ancestors did, at least not on a daily basis.
Jim Murphy
Much as I wish it were not so, we do live in a dangerous world. It has, in fact, always been this way. Our earliest ancestors had to worry about predators, natural disasters, disease, and – unique among our species – attacks by other people.
Brad Schneider
All of our ancestors came from somewhere.
Carol Kane
Humanity is still advancing; and it will probably continue to advance for hundreds of thousands of years more, always on condition that we know how to keep the same line of advance as our ancestors towards ever greater consciousness and complexity.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
I’ve always thought you have to live life looking forwards, not backwards. I’ve had no interest at all in who my ancestors are.
Jeremy Paxman
Distinguished ancestors shed a powerful light on their descendants, and forbid the concealment either of their merits or of their demerits.
Sallust
It’s hard for me to believe that the KKK still exists, especially knowing all my ancestors have been through. I feel like the history and meaning of all we have been through has been trashed.
Normani Kordei
So long as procreation stems from parents of the same race, appearance and lineage are typically congruent. Interracial unions give rise to added complexity. Interracial amalgamation will produce some individuals whose features diverge from those commonly ascribed to the races of their ancestors.
Randall Kennedy
My eating mantra is, you should eat what your ancestors ate. It’s true that the quality of vegetables, fruits and meat is of no comparison from then to now, but in principle the staple is easily digestible if it was part of your evolution lineage.
Sayani Gupta
Two hundred years ago, bathrooms didn’t exist. The bathroom’s development has not been a straightforward matter, and you might be surprised to learn that many Tudor people had worse personal hygiene than their medieval ancestors.
Lucy Worsley
It has been said that a man of genius should select his

It has been said that a man of genius should select his ancestors with great care – and yet there does not seem to be as much in heredity as most people think. The children of the great are often small.
Robert Green Ingersoll
I’ve never lived in Eastern Europe, although both my wife and I have ancestors in Poland and Russia – but I can see the scenes I create.
Alan Furst
My parents came to America in the late 1960s because my father studied for a Ph.D. in Indiana. My mother joined him later. We had ancestors who came over at the turn of the century. One worked in a laundry, as is typical of Chinese-American immigrants.
Celeste Ng
In archaeology, context is the basis of many discoveries that are imputed to the deliberate workings of intelligence. If I find a rock chipped in such a way as to give it a sharp edge, and the discovery is made in a cave, I am seduced into ascribing this to tool use by distant, fetid and furry ancestors.
Seth Shostak
My ancestors are Rajputs from Jaipur, a lineage of the royal family.
Kangana Ran
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Most of us do more than subsist. From the vantage point of our ancestors, we live lives of almost unimaginable ease. Here again, we have innovation to thank.
Gary Hamel
We hope to find more pieces of the puzzle which will shed light on the connection between this upright, walking ape, our early ancestor, and modern man.
Richard Leakey
When I first heard the minstrel banjo – I played a gourd first – I almost lost my mind. I was like, Oh, my god. And then I went to Africa, to the Gambia, and studied the akonting, which is an ancestor of the banjo, and just that connection to me was just immense.
Rhiannon Giddens
Ledger art represents a spirit which has lasted through the hardships and turmoil. It is my goal and ambition that this style of pictograph art continues to pay tribute to the perseverance of my ancestors who adapted and created works of art during a period of life changing turmoil and injustice.
Michael Horse
As I got more involved in music, one of the things that made me excited, from the time I was a child, was that clear link between our ancestors and the sounds we hear today.
Taj Mahal
I, too, am convinced that our ancestors came from Africa.
Richard Leakey
My ancestors had to keep their customs secret for fear of death or persecution, so it’s common to be secretive and discreet about Regla de Ocha. But it’s my family’s spirituality, so I don’t want to keep it secret.
Princess Nokia
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
I’ve run the marathon several times, so I definitely don’t look like the Great Ancestor!
George Takei