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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Genealogy Quote of The Week: Henry David Thoreau

The lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime and departing leave behind us footprints on the sands of time. 
Henry David Thoreau
Today, Father's Day, I dedicated this quote to all fathers who are leaving their children and grandchildren a wonderful legacy—their "footprints on the sands of time".

Note:  +Mariann Regan deserves a mention, since I would not have necessarily chosen this quote today, if it wasn't for her thoughtful and insightful comment last week. I know Mariann supports, not only my blogs, but many other bloggers in the genealogy community! Last week, in response to the saying I posted by Ralph Waldo Emerson's, Mariann remarked that compared to Emerson, Thoreau was mostly concerned with "solitude and meditation". Therefore, as I was searching for this week's quote, the line from Thoreau jumped out at me. I thought we would all enjoy seeing that Henry David Thoreau, in his solitude did at times meditate on ancestors. Thanks, Mariann for leaving such contemplative comments which help spark great conversations!

Happy Father's Day!

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  1. Thank you, Smadar, for this kind mention! How lovely to be reminded that it was Thoreau who gave us the line "footprints on the sands of time" (thereby leaving his own footprints on the sands of time). And it is a wonderful genealogical quotation, as you observe!

    Happy Father's Day to you and yours! And to all bloggers who, like you, search for and highlight those "footprints."


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