Think not forever of yourselves, O Chiefs, nor of your own generation.
Think of continuing generations of our families, think of our grandchildren and
of those yet unborn, whose faces are coming from beneath the ground.
A man doesn't plant a tree for himself. He plants it for posterity.
Life is no "brief candle" to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which
I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn
as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
—George Bernard Shaw
We stand our best chance of leaving a legacy to those who want to learn,
our children, by standing firm. In matters of style, hey, swing with the
stream. But in matters of principle, you need to stand like a rock.
No legacy is so rich as honesty.
I do not suppose I shall be remembered for anything. But I don't think about
my work in those terms. It is just as vulgar to work for the sake of posterity as
to work for the sake of money.
There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children...
one is roots, the other wings.
Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what
makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the
world needs is people who have come alive.
If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more,
do more, and become more, then you are an excellent leader.
Doctrines have proven expendable; yet the legacy of faith persists.
I hope that posterity will judge me kindly, not only as to the things which
I have explained, but also to those which I have intentionally omitted so as to
leave to others the pleasure of discovery.
What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments,
but what is woven into the lives of others.
It is not likely that posterity will fall in love with us, but not impossible
that it may respect or sympathize; so a man would rather leave behind him the
portrait of his spirit than a portrait of his face.
—Robert Louis Stevenson
A man cannot leave a better legacy to the world than a well-educated family.
If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in the struggle,
unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness,
and your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos.
—Martin Luther King, Jr.
Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments
when we are influencing the future.
Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to
preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.
—John Quincy Adams
Why should I care about posterity? What's posterity ever done for me?