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The man who has not anything to boast of but his illustrious ancestors, is like a potato, the only good belonging to him is under ground.

Thomas Overbury (1581-1613) English poet
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Earliest found in The Lady's Monthly Museum (June 1807), expressed as a paraphrase.
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Great men are rarely isolated mountain peaks; they are the summits of ranges.

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Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1823-1911) American minister, author, abolitionist, soldier
“A Plea for Culture,” Atlantic Essays (1871)
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