Quotations on Posterity

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The flattery of posterity is not worth much more than contemporary flattery, which is worth nothing.
- Jorge Luis Borges
(Keywords: Flattery, Nothing, Posterity, Worth)

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.
- Edmund Burke
(Keywords: People, Innovation, Posterity, Result, Spirit, Temper, Will)

People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.
- Edmund Burke
(Keywords: People, Posterity, Will)

The Constitution of the United States was made not merely for the generation that then existed, but for posterity- unlimited, undefined, endless, perpetual posterity.
- Henry Clay
(Keywords: Constitution, Posterity, states, United)

Into this, for good or ill, is woven every belief of every man who has speech of his fellows. A awful privilege, and an awful responsibility, that we should help to create the world in which posterity will live.
- William Kingdon Clifford
(Keywords: Belief, Help, Man, Posterity, Privilege, Responsibility, Speech, Will, World)

Contemporaries appreciate the person rather than their merit, posterity will regard the merit rather than the person.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Merit, Posterity, Will)

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.
- Rene Descartes
(Keywords: Hope, Discovery, Pleasure, Posterity, Will)

We live in an age when to be young and to be indifferent can be no longer synonymous. We must prepare for the coming hour. The claims of the Future are represented by suffering millions; and the Youth of a Nation are the trustees of Posterity.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Age, Future, Nation, Posterity, Suffering, Youth)

The Youth of a Nation are the trustees of posterity.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Nation, Posterity, Youth)

The Democratic Party is like a mule. It has neither pride of ancestry nor hope of posterity.
- Ignatius Donnelly
(Keywords: Hope, Ancestry, Party, Posterity, Pride)

And perhaps, posterity will thank me for having shown it that the ancients did not know everything.
- Pierre de Fermat
(Keywords: Posterity, Will)

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?
- Marguerite Gardiner
(Keywords: Monuments, Names, Posterity, Respect, Vanity)

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.
- Sam Houston
(Keywords: Thought, Man, Posterity, Reputation, World)

The success or failure of a life, as far as posterity goes, seems to lie in the more or less luck of seizing the right moment of escape.
- Alice James
(Keywords: Success, Life, Lie, Failure, Luck, Posterity, Right)

The writing of the wise are the only riches our posterity cannot squander.
- Walter Savage Landor
(Keywords: Posterity, Writing)

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
(Keywords: Posterity, Right)

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
(Keywords: Time, Journalism, Posterity, Tradition, Want)

Never forget posterity when devising a policy. Never think of posterity when making a speech.
- Robert G. Menzies
(Keywords: Policy, Forget, Posterity, Speech)

The words that a father speaks to his children in the privacy of home are not heard by the world, but, as in whispering galleries, they are clearly heard at the end, and by posterity.
- Jean Paul
(Keywords: Home, Father, Children, End, Posterity, Privacy, Words, World)

Posterity makes the judgments. There are going to be a lot of surprises in store for everybody.
- Irwin Shaw
(Keywords: Posterity, Surprises)

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
(Keywords: Love, Man, May, Posterity, Respect, Spirit, Will)

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.
- Algernon Sydney
(Keywords: Common sense, Concern, Eyes, Posterity, Reason, Understanding, Will, Words)

I thought I had to make an impact on history. I had to become the greatest choreographer of my time. That was my mission. Posterity deals with us however it sees fit. But I gave it 20 years of my best shot.
- Twyla Tharp
(Keywords: History, Time, Thought, Deals, Mission, Posterity, Years)

Is it no imputation to be arraigned before this House, in which I have sat forty years, and to have my name transmitted to posterity with disgrace and infamy?
- Robert Walpole
(Keywords: Disgrace, Name, Posterity, Years)

Art is always in the eyes of the beholder. Only posterity has the right to point out our mistakes.
- Len Wein
(Keywords: Art, Eyes, Mistakes, Posterity, Right)

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