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Among the sentiments of most powerful operation upon the human heart, and most highly honorable to the human character, are those of veneration for our forefathers, and of love for our posterity.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)
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When we were younger we criticised our ancestors for their imperfections and when we grow old we quite often don't give a damn about posterity, but otherwise, spot on!

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Among the sentiments of most powerful operation upon the human heart, and most highly honorable to the human character, are those of veneration for our forefathers, and of love for our posterity.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)
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Oration at Plymouth (1802)
Adams' commemoration of the landing of the Pilgrims

Among the sentiments of most powerful operation upon the human heart, and most highly honorable to the human character, are those of veneration for our forefathers, and of love for our posterity. They form the connecting links between the selfish and the social passions. By the fundamental principle of Christianity, the happiness of the individual is Later-woven, by innumerable and imperceptible ties, with that of his contemporaries: by the power of filial reverence and parental affection, individual existence is extended beyond the limits of individual life, and the happiness of every age is chained in mutual dependence upon that of every other.

Respect for his ancestors excites, in the breast of man, interest in their history, attachment to their characters, concern for their errors, involuntary pride in their virtues. Love for his posterity spurs him to exertion for their support, stimulates him to virtue for their example, and fills him with the tenderest solicitude for their welfare. Man, therefore, was not made for himself alone. No; he was made for his country, by the obligations of the social compact: he was made for his species, by the Christian duties of universal charity: he was made for all ages past, by the sentiment of reverence for his forefathers; and he was made for all future times, by the impulse of affection for his progeny. Under the influence of these principles, "Existence sees him spurn her bounded reign." They redeem his nature from the subjection of time and space: he is no longer a "puny insect shivering at a breeze;" he is the glory of creation, formed to occupy all time and all extent: bounded, during his residence upon earth, only by the boundaries of the world, and destined to life and immortality in brighter regions, when the fabric of nature itself shall dissolve and perish.

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Emel Rapchan
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Among the sentiments of most powerful operation upon the human heart, and most highly honorable to the human character, are those of veneration for our forefathers, and of love for our posterity.
- By looking forward and backward, we are able to knowingly move toward a better future. It isn't an easy task nor a broadly known by the people in average. However, by it, perhaps, we might find a thorough way to evolve.
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Daemon wrote:
Among the sentiments of most powerful operation upon the human heart, and most highly honorable to the human character, are those of veneration for our forefathers, and of love for our posterity.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)


Yeah. A smooth transition between generations is as important as ever, at least in words and declarations...
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The modern trend is for sanctimony, excoriating the ancestors for every flaw they possessed, every mistake they made, finding someone to blame for every unhappiness of today, and setting an example of whiny infantilism for our progeny.


A great many people will think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. ~ William James ~
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Boo hoo! Among the sentiments of most powerful operation upon the human heart, and most highly honorable to the human character, are those of veneration for our forefathers, and of love for our posterity.
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