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The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future.

Herbert Spencer


To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.

Simone Weil


This packrat has learned that what the next generation will value most is not what we owned, but the evidence of who we were and the tales of how we loved.  In the end, it’s the family stories that are worth the storage.

Ellen Goodman, the Boston Globe


When a parent dies, it’s the end.  I always wanted to chronicle the family history with my mother.  She was always interested in that.  I wanted some researchers I’d worked with to talk to my mother, but my mother was a little antsy about it.  I know she would’ve gotten into it.  It would have been okay with my father too.  But I wasn’t forceful, and I didn’t make it happen.  That is one regret I have.  I didn’t get as much of the family history as I could have for the kids.

Robert DeNiro


There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is roots and the other is wings.

Hodding Carter


We should write because writing brings clarity and passion to the act of living…We should write because writing is good for the soul.

Julia Cameron


Tradition is not just what we inherit from the past; it is also what we create and pass on to the future.

Marcia Falk


Wisdom comes not by accumulation of more and more experiences but through discerning pattern in the deeper mystery of what is already there.

Mary Catherine Bateson


And the challenge to keep growing and changing even while forging an identity, to stay true to the present moment, even while nurturing a sense of continuity with the past and the future – is that not the core of authentic living?Marcia Falk


In the presence of compassionate non-judgmental listening, miracles happen.

Marianne Williamson


Each of us yearns for a sense of belonging to family, ancestors, history.

Rachel Freed


The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their rightful names.

Chinese proverb


The more we know about our families, the more we know about ourselves, and the more freedom we have to determine how we want to live.

Monica McGoldrick


May you embrace all the rich legacies of your heritage.



One’s self is rooted, among other things, in one’s history and one’s heritage.

Pierre Sauvage


After a certain number of years, our face becomes our biography.

Cynthia Ozick


Knowing who you are provides insulation against the onslaughts of a random universe.

Barbara Kessel


You need only claim the events of your life to make yourself yours.

Florida Scott-Maxwell


We must be sure to tell our children about the goodness of people, to express again and again…that our individual acts of kindness make a difference.

Annie Roiphe


In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.

From the Great Law of the Iroquois Confederacy


May God keep you safe ‘til the word of your life is fully spoken.

Irish blessing


We transmit our wisdom to future generations.  This process not only seeds the future, but crowns an elder’s life with worth and nobility.

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi


The best lives and stories are made up of minute particulars that somehow are also universal and of use to others as well as oneself.

Barbara Myerhoff


Give of yourself …No one has ever become poor from giving.

Anne Frank


Hope for a sustainable future depends on reshaping the life cycle – not the individual life cycle alone, but the overlapping and intersecting cycles of individuals and generations, reaffirming both the past and the future, not only in families but in the institutions we build and share.

Mary Catherine Bateson


Stories are for people what water is for plants.

Linda Hoga

The story of a life is a priceless legacy.

Linda Spence.


Harvest the meaning of life and pass it down to the next generation through stories.

Joan Borysenko


May the blessings of your legacy live beyond your given days.



Not to reveal yourself to another is never to believe the real you is worth loving.

Gail Whiting


Why does anybody tell a story? It does indeed have something to do with faith, faith that the universe has meaning, that our little human lives are not irrelevant, that what we chose to say or do matters, matters cosmically.

Madeleine L’Engle


The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.

Muriel Rukeyser


Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us daily.

Sally Koch


A tale, like life itself, isn’t finished until it is heard by someone with an understanding heart.

Rosario Ferre’


Healing the past helps structure the present, which then becomes the hope for the future.

Denise Linn


Everything you are and possess today, whether good or bad, will pass down to those who come after you.

Paul J. Meyer (New York Times bestselling author)


A legacy is like a safe-deposit box filled with valuables.  It is only natural that the owner of the box would tell the recipient what is in it, how everything works and why it is so important, before turning over the key.

Paul J. Meyer


It is up to the recipient of the box to choose what he or she will do with the key and the valuables inside.  All the responsibility, however, does not rest on the shoulders of the one receiving the legacy – the one giving it is equally responsible.

by Paul J. Meyer in Unlocking your Legacy


If we are to leave legacies of wisdom and love and generosity …we must carry a deep commitment to our life dreams …and we must make sure that our dreams have heart and meaning.

Angeles Arrien


To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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