Quotes of Descent

“ As the births of living creatures, at first, are ill-shapen: so are all innovations, which are the births of time. ”

- Francis Bacon

“ Birth and ancestry, and that which we have not ourselves achieved, we can scarcely call our own. ”

- Ovid

“ One advantage of marriage, it seems to me, is that when you fall out of love with him, or he falls out of love with you, it keeps you together until you maybe fall in love again. ”

- Judith Viorst

“ When the blind lead the blind, no wonder they both fall into — matrimony. ”

- George Farquhar

“ United we stand, divided we fall. ”

- George Pope Morris

“ Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why. ”

- Bernard Baruch

“ Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Everything was in confusion in the Oblonskys' house. ”

- Leo Tolstoy

“ Whether we fall by ambition, blood, or lust, Like diamonds, we are cut with our own dust. ”

- John Webster

“ I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself, and falls on the other. ”

- William Shakespeare

“ A degenerate nobleman, or one that is proud of his birth, is like a turnip. There is nothing good of him but that which is underground. ”

- Samuel Butler

“ If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything. ”

- Unknown

“ Think that day lost whose descending sun, views from they hand no noble action done. ”

- Joseph Joubert

“ The bigger they are, the further they have to fall. ”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“ To hit bottom is to fall from grace. ”

- Doug Horton

“ What can ennoble sots, or slaves, or cowards? Alas! not all the blood, of all the Howards. ”

- Alexander Pope

“ Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. ”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“ Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall. ”

- Confucius

“ Come to the edge/ No, we will fall/ Come to the edge/ No, we will fall/ They came./ He pushed them. And they flew. ”

- Guillaume Apollinaire

“ If you had it all to do over, would you fall in love with yourself again? ”

- Unknown

“ The best may slip, and even the most cautious fall; but he is more than human who errors not at all. ”

- Unknown

“ Families composed of rugged individualists have to do things obliquely. ”

- Florence King

“ Technique is what you fall back on when you run out of inspiration. ”

- Rudolf Nureyev

“ Commonly we say a Judgment falls upon a Man for something in him we cannot abide. ”

- John Selden

“ We fall forward to succeed. ”

- Mary Kay Ash

“ In Adam's fall — We sinned all. ”

- Thomas Moore

“ In Washington it is an honor to be disgraced. you have to have been somebody to fall. ”

- Meg Greenfield

“ And so never ending, But always descending. ”

- Robert Southey

“ The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof. ”

- Richard Bach

“ I do not believe in political movements. I believe in personal movement, that movement of the soul when a man who looks at himself is so ashamed that he tries to make some sort of change - within himself, not on the outside. ”

- Joseph Brodsky

“ Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. ”

- William Butler Yeats
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