Quotes About Family History

Quotes tagged as "family-history" (showing 1-19 of 19)
Gillian Flynn
“The actual stuff my family owned, those boxes under my stairs, I can't quite bear to look at. I like other people's things better. They come with other people's history.”
Gillian Flynn, Dark Places

Ellen Goodman
“..what the next generation will value most is not what we owned, but the evidence of who we were and the tales of how we lived. In the end, it's the family stories that are worth the storage.”
Ellen Goodman

“My family tree has many branches, both living and dead... but all equally important. I cherish the memories that make its roots run deep.”
Lynda I Fisher

Linda Weaver Clarke
“It’s important to teach our children their heritage. Who are your ancestors? What were their traditions? Each of us has a story to tell. If these stories are unwritten, then how are your children going to know of their parentage?”
Linda Weaver Clarke

J.R. Ward
“There was something about the people you grew up around, the ones you'd seen throughout your childhood, the folks you couldn't remember not knowing. Even if the past was a complicated mess, as you aged, you were just glad the sons of bitches were still on the planet.

It gave you the illusion that life wasn't as fragile as it actually was--and on occasion, that was the only thing that got you through the night.”
J.R. Ward, Lover at Last

“Who we are takes generations to create and doesn’t end with death.”
Stanley Siegel

Daniel Mendelsohn
“At night, I think about these things. I'm pleased with what I know, but now I think much more about everything I could have known, which was so much more than anything I can learn now and which now is gone forever.”
Daniel Mendelsohn, The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million

Sol Luckman
“With the sensation that he was passing through the Looking-Glass, Max stared at his father as if he had never seen him before—simultaneously impressed and unnerved at the thought that, after all these years, he still knew so little about him.”
Sol Luckman, Snooze: A Story of Awakening

Richard Llewellyn
“I saw behind me those who had gone, and before me, those who are to come. I looked back and saw my father, and his father, and all our fathers, and in front, to see my son, and his son, and the sons upon sons beyond.

And their eyes were my eyes.

As I felt, so they had felt, and were to feel, as then, so now, as tomorrow and forever. Then I was not afraid, for I was in a long line that had no beginning, and no end, and the hand of his father grasped my father's hand, and his hand was in mine, and my unborn son took my right hand, and all, up and down the line stretched from Time That Was, to Time That Is, and is not yet, raised their hands to show the link, and we found that we were one, born of Woman, Son of Man, had in the Image, fashioned in the Womb by the Will of God, the eternal Father.

I was one of them, they were of me, and in me, and I in all of them.”
Richard Llewellyn, How Green Was My Valley

Wendy Percival
“It was frustrating and exhausting to gather bits of disconnected information without understanding how it all fitted together.”
Wendy Percival, The Indelible Stain

Michele Huey
“Roots are, I’m learning, as important as wings.”
Michele Huey

Julene Bair
“To have deep roots in a place means having dead buried there. It is almost that literal, the dead forming your bond to the earth and to the others whose dead lie buried there. I always had that bond whether I knew it or not.”
Julene Bair, The Ogallala Road: A Memoir of Love and Reckoning

T.I. Wade
“An overnight success is usally twenty years in the making!”
T.I. Wade, Banking, Beer & Robert the Bruce

Mignon McLaughlin
“Family quarrels have a total bitterness unmatched by others. Yet it sometimes happens that they also have a kind of tang, a pleasantness beneath the unpleasantness, based on the tacit understanding that this is not for keeps; that any limb you climb out on will still be there later for you to climb back.”
Mignon McLaughlin, The Complete Neurotic's Notebook

Sol Luckman
“The scene sucker-punched Max. He never saw it coming. It encapsulated in one poignant instant the tragic beauty of his family history.”
Sol Luckman, Snooze: A Story of Awakening

Heather McVea
“I miss the days of burning your kind at the stake. For generations we have settled for financial ruin and ostracization of your whorish ancestors - but know this, I will personally gut you and put your head on a pike in my parlor.”
Heather McVea, Fallen Elements

“Whatever it is that you think you have discovered. You must forget it.
Diane Samuels, Kindertransport: A Drama

“A person in search of his ancestors naturally likes to believe the best of them, and the best in terms of contemporary standards. Where genealogical facts are few, and these located in the remote past, reconstruction of family history is often more imaginative than correct.”
James G. Leyburn, The Scotch-Irish: A Social History

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