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Duc de LevisNobility obligates.

Noblesse oblige.

—  Duc de Levis, 1764-1830, French politician & author of maxims

     (meaning: nobility or a high position extends beyond titles and requires fulfillment of social responsibilities especially in leadership roles)

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SocratesI am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.

—  Socrates, 469-399 BC, Ancient Geek Philosopher

NapoleonI am the successor, not of Louis XVI, but of Charlemagne.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Abraham LincolnI don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.

—  Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865, American President

Martin Luther KingWe may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.

—  Martin Luther King, 1929-1968, American leader in the Civil Rights Movement

Charles DarwinMan is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped, probably arboreal in its habits.

—  Charles Darwin, 1809-1882, British scientist

Marcel ProustYour soul is a dark forest. But the trees are of a particular species, they are genealogical trees.

—  Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French writer

Franklin RooseveltRemember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.

—  Franklin Roosevelt, 1882-1945, American President [1936-1945]


Personal Stories

Benjamin DisraeliYes, I am a Jew, and when the ancestors of the right honorable gentleman were brutal savages in an unknown island, mine were priests in the temple of Solomon.

—  Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Prime Minister


Funny Quotes

Rodney DangerfieldI looked up my family tree and found three dogs using it.

—  Rodney Dangerfield, 1924-2004, American comedian

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Stupid Quotes

Donald TrumpAn ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud.

—  Donald Trump, 1946-, President of the USA


Proverbs

International proverbThe apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

—  International proverb

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