I would much rather that posterity should inquire why no statues were erected to me, than why they were.
With respect to the authority of great names, it should be remembered, that he alone deserves to have any weight or influence with posterity, who has shown himself superior to the particular and predominant error of his own times.
The drafts which true genius draws upon posterity although they may not always be honored so soon as they are due are sure to be paid with compound interest in the end.
Time will unveil all things to posterity; it is a chatterer and speaks to those who do not question it.
We are too careless of posterity, not considering that as they are so the next generation will be.
If we would amend the world we should mend ourselves and teach our children to be not what we are but what they should be.
Of this our ancestors complained, we ourselves do so and our posterity will equally lament because goodness has vanished and evil habits prevail while human affairs grow worse and worse sinking into an abyss of wickedness.
A foreign nation is a contemporaneous posterity.
Posterity preserves only what will pack into small compass. Jewels are handed down from age to age; less portable valuables disappear.
It is pleasant to observe how free the present age is in laying taxes on the next. "Future ages shall talk of this; they shall be famous to all posterity"; whereas their time and thoughts will be taken up about present things, as ours are now.