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POSTERITY
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Think of your forefathers! Think of your posterity!
      - John Quincy Adams,
        in a speech at Plymouth, Massachusetts

Herself the solitary scion left
  Of a time-honour'd race.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        The Dream (st. 2)

The judgment of posterity is truer, because it is free from envy and malevolence.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

With respect to the authority of great names, it should be remembered that he alone deserves to have any weight or influence with posterity who has shown himself superior to the particular and predominant error of his own time.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Posterity is for the Philosopher what the other world is for the religious.
      - Denis Diderot

He thinks posterity is a pack-horse, always ready to be loaded.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        Speech

Posterity is a most limited assembly. Those gentlemen who reach posterity are not much more numerous than the planets.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        Speech

Time will unveil all things to posterity.
      - Euripides

What dazzles, for the moment spends its spirit;
  What's genuine, shall posterity inherit.
    [Ger., Was glanzt ist fur den Augenblick geboren;
      Das Aechte bleibt der Nachwelt unverloren.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Faust--Vorspiel auf dem Theater (l. 41)

He only half dies who leaves an image of himself in his sons.
  [It., Muore per meta chi lascia un' immagine di se stesso nei figi.]
      - Carlo Goldoni, Pamela (II, 2)

As to posterity, I may ask (with somebody whom I have forgot) what has it ever done to oblige me?
      - Thomas Gray, Letter to Dr. Wharton

The love of posterity is the consequence of the necessity of death. If a man were sure of living forever here, he would not care about his offspring.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

What does not wasting time change! The age of our parents, worse than that of our grandsires, has brought us forth more impious still, and we shall produce a more vicious progeny.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Posterity, thinned by the crime of its ancestors, shall hear of those battles.
  [Lat., Audiet pugnas, vitio parentum
    Rara juventus.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Odes
         (bk. I, 2, 23)

I despise mankind in all its strata; I foresee that our descendants will be still far unhappier than we are. Would I not be a criminal if, notwithstanding this view, I should provide for progeny, i.e. for unfortunates?
  [Ger., Ich verachte die Menschheit in allen ihren Schichten; ich sehe es voraus, dass unsere Nachkommen noch weit unglucklicher sein werden, als wir. Sollte ich nicht ein Sunder sein, wenn ich trotz dieser Ansicht fur Nachkommen, d.h. fur Ungluckliche sorgte?
      - Friedrich Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt,
        during a conversation with Arago in 1812

The man was laughed at as a blunderer who said in a public business: "we do much for posterity; I would fain see them do something for us."
      - Mrs. Elizabeth Robinson Montagu (Montague),
        Letters

If we would amend the world we should mend ourselves; and teach our children to be, not what we are, but what they should be.
      - William Penn

We are too careless of posterity; not considering that as they are, so the next generation will be.
      - William Penn

Why should we legislate for posterity? What has posterity ever done for us?
      - Sir Boyle Roche

Why should we put ourselves out of our way to do anything for posterity; for what has posterity done for us?
      - Sir Boyle Roche,
        during "Grattan's Parliament"

Posterity pays for the sins of their fathers.
  [Lat., Culpam majorum posteri luunt.]
      - Quintus Curtius Rufus (Curtis Rufus Quintus),
        De Rebus Gestis Alexandri Magni (VII, 5)

Why do you ask, how long has he lived? He has lived to posterity.
  [Lat., Quid quaeris, quamdiu visit? Vixit ad posteros.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Epistles
         (XCIII)

Strangers are contemporary posterity.
  [Fr., Les etrangers sont la posterite contemporaine.]
      - Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein),
        see the "Journal" of Camille Desmoulins

Posterity preserves only what will pack into small compass. Jewels are handed down from age to age; less portable valuables disappear.
      - Dean Arthur Penrhyn Stanley

The survivorship of a worthy man in his son is a pleasure scarce inferior to the hopes of the continuance of his own life.
      - Sir Richard Steele, Spectator


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