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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.
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
Why should I care about posterity? What's posterity ever done for me?
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.
Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honored by posterity because he was the last to discover America.
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
People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.
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?
What life half gives a man, posterity gives entirely.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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.
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.
A man doesn't plant a tree for himself. He plants it for posterity.
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.
The Constitution of the United States was made not merely for the generation that then existed, but for posterity- unlimited, undefined, endless, perpetual posterity.
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.
We are always doing something for posterity, but I would fain see posterity do something for us.
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.
The drafts which true genius draws upon posterity, although they may not always be honored so soon as they are due, are sure to be paid with compound interest in the end.
Charles Caleb Colton
Posterity is the world to come; the world for whom we hold our ideals, from whom we have borrowed our planet, and to whom we bear sacred responsibility. We must do what America does best: offer more opportunity to all and demand responsibility from all.
William J. Clinton
The function of posterity is to look after itself.
The writing of the wise are the only riches our posterity cannot squander.
Walter Savage Landor
Martin Luther King, Jr.
C. S. Lewis
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