I'm spending my children's inheritance. Anonymous Bumper sticker
alluding to the economics of Social Security. Quoted in the
NewYork Times, 24 Feb1995.
Thou art my Son: this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall
give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and
the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou
shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash
them in pieces like a potter's vessel. Bible (Old Testament) Psalms 2:7^9.
The people which ceases to care for its literary inheritance becomes
barbaric; the people which ceases to produce
literature ceases to move in thought and sensibility. T(homas) S(tearns) Eliot The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism.
Every lunch time I went to see how my inheritance was proceeding.
Sometimes the deaths column brought good news.
Sometimes the births column brought bad. The advent of twin
sons to the Duke was a terrible blow. Fortunatelyanepidemic
ofdiphtheria restored thestatus quo almost
immediately. Robert Hamer Kind Hearts and Coronets (with John Dighton).
Every human being is born an heir to an inheritance to which he can
succeed only in a process of learning. Michael Joseph Oakeshott Quoted in R S Peters
(ed) TheConcept of Education (1966), ch.10, 'Learning and
This isthe land God gave to Andy Stewartwe have our inheritance. There shall be no ardour,
there shall be indifference. There shall not be
excellence, there shall be the average. We shall be the
intrepid hunters of golf balls. A'Ghobhainn 'TheWhite Air of March'.
John Bull has gone to India And all must pay
him heed For histories are
there to prove That none of
another breed Has had a like
inheritance, Or sucked such milk
as he, And there's no luck
about a house If it lacks
honesty. The ghost of Roger
Casement Is beating on the door.
W(illiam) B(utler) Yeats 'The Ghost of Roger Casement', stanza 3. Collected
in New Poems (1938).