1. A degenerate nobleman, or one that is proud of his birth, is like a turnip. There is nothing good of him but that which is underground.
2. My father was a creole, his father a Negro, and his father a monkey; my family, it seems, begins where yours let off.
-Dumas, on being asked
"Who was your father?"
3. 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, Story of
4. Noble ancestry makes a poor dish at table.
5. People who take no pride in noble achievements of remote ancestors will never achieve anything worthy to be remembered with pride by remote descendants.
6. Who so ever serves his country well has no need of ancestors.