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Quotations on Inheritance

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To inherit property is not to be born - it is to be still-born, rather.

~ Henry David Thoreau

I have also seen children successfully surmounting the effects of an evil inheritance. That is due to purity being an inherent attribute of the soul.

~ Mahatma Gandhi

Enjoy what thou has inherited from thy sires if thou wouldst really possess it. What we employ and use is never an oppressive burden; what the moment brings forth, that only can it profit by.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We pay for the mistakes of our ancestors, and it seems only fair that they should leave us the money to pay with.

~ Don Marquis

What madness it is for a man to starve himself to enrich his heir, and so turn a friend into an enemy! For his joy at your death will be proportioned to what you leave him.

~ Seneca

He who comes for the inheritance is often made to pay for the funeral.

~ Proverbs

- Yiddish Proverb


To kill a relative of whom you are tired is one thing. But to inherit his property afterwards, that is a genuine pleasure.

~ Honoré de Balzac

Never say you know a man until you have divided an inheritance with him.

~ Johann Kaspar Lavater

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