"If you don’t know history, you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree." 

— Michael Crichton

"When a society or a civilization perishes, one condition can always be found. They forgot where they came from." 

— Carl Sandburg

"In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we came from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness." 

— Alex Haley, Roots

"We've uncovered some embarrassing ancestors in the not-too-distant past. Some horse thieves, and some people killed on Saturday nights. One of my relatives, unfortunately, was even in the newspaper business."

 — Jimmy Carter

"If you shake your family tree, watch for the nuts to fall."

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