Posterity Quotes (231 quotes)
“Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.”
Paraphrased from a letter to Abigail Adams, 27 April 1777
Address, 4th July, 1793, as reported in: Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams (1858), p. 421. He is also reported to have said these words in an oration, delivered at Plymouth, December 22, 1802.
“People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.”
Volume iii, page 274. - Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790)
“It was we, the people, not we, the white male citizens, nor yet we, the male citizens, but we, the whole people, who formed this Union. And we formed it, not to give the blessings of liberty, but to secure them; not to the half of ourselves and the half of our posterity, but to the whole people—women as well as men.”
―Susan B. Anthony
Statement in court after conviction for attempting to vote, Rochester, N.Y., 17 June 1873
“The flattery of posterity is not worth much more than contemporary flattery, which is worth nothing.”
―Jorge Luis Borges
Dead Men's Dialogue - Dreamtigers (1960)
“Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation, as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.”
No. 166 (10 September 1711). - The Spectator (1711-1714)
“The Constitution of the United States was made not merely for the generation that then existed, but for posterity—unlimited, undefined, endless, perpetual posterity.”
Speech, Senate (29 January 1850).