The attainments of the parent do not descend in the blood of his children, nor is the progress of man to be considered as a physical mutation of the species.
PART I, SECTION I
Mankind have always wandered or settled, agreed or quarrelled, in troops and companies.Adam Ferguson
Men are to be estimated, not from what they know, but from what they are able to performAdam Ferguson
Man, in his animal capacity, is qualified to subsist in every climate.Adam Ferguson
…if we intend to pursue the history of our species in its further attainments, we may soon enter on subjects which will confine our observation to more narrow limits. The genius of political wisdom and civil arts appears to have chosen his seats in particular tracts of the earth, and to have selected his favourites in particular races of men.Adam Ferguson
In every commercial state, notwithstanding any pretension to equal rights, the exaltation of a few must depress the many.Adam Ferguson