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Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honored by posterity because he was the last to discover America.
The Constitution of the United States was made not merely for the generation that then existed, but for posterity- unlimited, undefined, endless, perpetual posterity.
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.
A man doesn't plant a tree for himself. He plants it for posterity.
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
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.
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.
And perhaps, posterity will thank me for having shown it that the ancients did not know everything.
Pierre de Fermat
We are always doing something for posterity, but I would fain see posterity do something for us.
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!
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
Never forget posterity when devising a policy. Never think of posterity when making a speech.
Why should I care about posterity? What's posterity ever done for me?
What life half gives a man, posterity gives entirely.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.
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
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.
When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.
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.
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.
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 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
The writing of the wise are the only riches our posterity cannot squander.
Walter Savage Landor
The function of posterity is to look after itself.
It cannot be said that the Constitution formed 'the people of the United States,' for all time, into a corporation. It does not speak of 'the people' as a corporation, but as individuals. A corporation does not describe itself as 'we,' nor as 'people,' nor as 'ourselves.' Nor does a corporation, in legal language, have any 'posterity.'
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
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