Life is lived forwards, but understood backwards.
We are the children of many sires, and every drop of blood in us in its turn ... betrays its ancestor.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we came from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness.
Alex Haley, Roots
There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children - one is roots, and the other, wings.
Hodding S. Carter
Why waste your money looking up your family tree? Just go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.
We've uncovered some embarrassing ancestors in the not-too-distant past. Some horse thieves, and some people killed on Saturday nights. One of my relatives, unfortunately, was even in the newspaper business.
Former U.S. President
He who has no fools, knaves, or beggars in his family was begot by a flash of lightning.