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INHERITANCE
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We inherit nothing truly, but what our actions make us worthy of.
      - George Chapman

And all to leave what with his toil he won,
  To that unfeather'd two-legged thing, a son.
      - John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel
         (pt. I, l. 169)

Enjoy what thou hast inherited from thy sires if thou wouldst possess it; what we employ not is an oppressive burden; what the moment brings forth, that only can it profit by.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What we have inherited from our fathers and mothers is not all that 'walks in us.' There are all sorts of dead ideas and lifeless old beliefs. They have no tangibility, but they haunt us all the same and we can not get rid of them. Whenever I take up a newspaper I seem to see Ghosts gliding between the lines. Ghosts must be all over the country. as thick as the sands of the sea.
      - Henrik Ibsen, Ghosts

This our fathers bought for us, long and long ago.
      - Rudyard Kipling

Say not you know another entirely, till you have divided an inheritance with him.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Out of sight, out of the will.
      - Proverb

The absent one will not be the heir.
  [Lat., Absens haeres non erit.]
      - Proverb, (Latin)

He lives to build, not boast, a generous race;
  No tenth transmitter of a foolish face.
      - Richard Savage, The Bastard (l. 7)

What's ill-got scarce to a third heir descends,
  Nor wrongful booty meets with prosperous ends.
    [Lat., De male quaesitis vix gaudet tertius paeres,
      Nec habet eventus sordida praeda bonos.]
      - quoted by Thomas Walsingham, History
         (p. 260)


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