Posterity

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Portrait of John Quincy Adams by Charles Robert Leslie (source)

“Among the sentiments of most powerful operation upon the human heart, and most highly honorable to the human character, are those of veneration for our forefathers, and of love for our posterity.  They form the connecting links between the selfish and the social passions.  By the fundamental principle of Christianity, the happiness of the individual is Later-woven, by innumerable and imperceptible ties, with that of his contemporaries: by the power of filial reverence and parental affection, individual existence is extended beyond the limits of individual life, and the happiness of every age is chained in mutual dependence upon that of every other.”

– John Quincy Adams (July 11th, 1767 – February 23rd, 1848),
from his “Oration at Plymouth”, December 1802

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