Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.
Some people seem compelled by unkind fate to parental servitude for life. There is no form of penal service worse than this.
All humanity is one undivided and indivisible family, and each one of us is responsible for the misdeeds of all the others. I cannot detach myself from the wickedest soul.
The man who has nothing to boast of but his illustrious ancestry is like a potato, the only good belonging to him is underground.
It is only shallow-minded pretenders who either make distinguished origin a matter of personal merit, or obscure origin a matter of personal reproach.
Pride of origin, whether high or low, springs from the same principle in human nature; one is but the positive, the other the negative, pole of a single weakness.
Relations are simply a tedious pack of people who haven’t got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die.
The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents and the second half by our children.
It is fortunate to come of distinguished ancestry. It is not less so to be such that people do not care to inquire whether you are of high descent or not.
It is better to be the builder of our own name than to be indebted by descent for the proudest gifts known to the books of heraldry.