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A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a selfish temper and confined views. People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.
I think it better to do right, even if we suffer in so doing, than to incur the reproach of our consciences and posterity.
Robert E. Lee
People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.
Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it.
Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honored by posterity because he was the last to discover America.
Who could look on these monuments without reflecting on the vanity of mortals in thus offering up testimonials of their respect for persons of whose very names posterity is ignorant?
I hope that posterity will judge me kindly, not only as to the things which I have explained, but also to those which I have intentionally omitted so as to leave to others the pleasure of discovery.
And perhaps, posterity will thank me for having shown it that the ancients did not know everything.
Pierre de Fermat
Why should I care about posterity? What's posterity ever done for me?
A man doesn't plant a tree for himself. He plants it for posterity.
Picasso is what is going to happen and what is happening; he is posterity and archaic time, the distant ancestor and our next-door neighbor. Speed permits him to be two places at once, to belong to all the centuries without letting go of the here and now.
The Constitution of the United States was made not merely for the generation that then existed, but for posterity- unlimited, undefined, endless, perpetual posterity.
Never forget posterity when devising a policy. Never think of posterity when making a speech.
What life half gives a man, posterity gives entirely.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Men's memoirs are about answers; women's memoirs are about questions. Most male authors want to look good in their memoirs and have a place in posterity, while most women know that posterity is what happens when you no longer care. Women want to connect with others here and now; they couldn't care less about legacy!
Such as have reason, understanding, or common sense, will, and ought to make use of it in those things that concern themselves and their posterity, and suspect the words of such as are interested in deceiving or persuading them not to see with their own eyes.
Each generation takes the earth as trustees. We ought to bequeath to posterity as many forests and orchards as we have exhausted and consumed.
Julius Sterling Morton
I suggest that what we want to do is not to leave to posterity a great institution, but to leave behind a great tradition of journalism ably practiced in our time.
Henry R. Luce
I don't want to be the biggest superstar. I want to be good at my job, and I want my work to go down in posterity. I am working for the longevity of my career.
I do not suppose I shall be remembered for anything. But I don't think about my work in those terms. It is just as vulgar to work for the sake of posterity as to work for the sake of money.
Why should we put ourselves out of our way to do anything for posterity? For what has posterity ever done for us?
I would give no thought of what the world might say of me, if I could only transmit to posterity the reputation of an honest man.
It is not likely that posterity will fall in love with us, but not impossible that it may respect or sympathize; so a man would rather leave behind him the portrait of his spirit than a portrait of his face.
Robert Louis Stevenson
When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.
Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
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