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

“He who boasts of his ancestry praises the merits of another.” — Seneca

“A man who makes boast of his ancestors doth but advertise his own insignificance.” — Benjamin Franklin

“The man who has not anything to boast of but his illustrious ancestors is like a potato — the only good belonging to him is under ground.” — Sir Thomas Overbury