„Regions Caesar never knew
Thy posterity shall sway“

"Boadicea" (1782).
Kontext: "Regions Caesar never knew
Thy posterity shall sway;
Where his eagles never flew,
None invincible as they."Such the bard's prophetic words, Pregnant with celestial fire, Bending as he swept the chords Of his sweet but awful lyre.

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William Cowper
englischer Dichter 1731 - 1800

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Geoffrey of Monmouth Foto

„Goddess of woods, tremendous in the chase
To mountain boars, and all the savage race!
Wide o'er the ethereal walks extends thy sway,
And o'er the infernal mansions void of day!
Look upon us on earth! unfold our fate,
And say what region is our destined seat?
Where shall we next thy lasting temples raise?
And choirs of virgins celebrate thy praise?“

Diva potens nemorum terror silvestribus ac spes!<br/>Cui licet anfractus ire per ethereos,<br/>Infernasque domos terrestria iura resolve.<br/>Et dic quas terras nos habitare velis.<br/>Dic certam sedem qua te venerabor in euum.<br/>Qua tibi virgineis templa dicabo choris.

—  Geoffrey of Monmouth, The History of the Kings of Britain

Diva potens nemorum terror silvestribus ac spes!
</ref>Cui licet anfractus ire per ethereos,
Infernasque domos terrestria iura resolve.
Et dic quas terras nos habitare velis.
Dic certam sedem qua te venerabor in euum.
Qua tibi virgineis templa dicabo choris.
Bk. 1, ch. 11; pp. 100-101.
Historia Regum Britanniae (History of the Kings of Britain)

Emily Brontë Foto
Shunroku Hata Foto

„We should not miss the present opportunity or we shall be blamed by posterity.“

—  Shunroku Hata Japanese general 1879 - 1962

Quoted in "Enter Japan" - "Time Magazine" article - July 8, 1940

Thomas Paine Foto

„There never did, there never will, and there never can, exist a Parliament, or any description of men, or any generation of men, in any country, possessed of the right or the power of binding and controlling posterity to the "end of time," or of commanding for ever how the world shall be governed“

—  Thomas Paine, buch Die Rechte des Menschen

Part 1.3 Rights of Man
1790s, Rights of Man, Part I (1791)
Kontext: There never did, there never will, and there never can, exist a Parliament, or any description of men, or any generation of men, in any country, possessed of the right or the power of binding and controlling posterity to the "end of time," or of commanding for ever how the world shall be governed, or who shall govern it; and therefore all such clauses, acts or declarations by which the makers of them attempt to do what they have neither the right nor the power to do, nor the power to execute, are in themselves null and void. Every age and generation must be as free to act for itself in all cases as the age and generations which preceded it. The vanity and presumption of governing beyond the grave is the most ridiculous and insolent of all tyrannies. Man has no property in man; neither has any generation a property in the generations which are to follow.

Edmund Burke Foto

„People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.“

—  Edmund Burke, buch Reflections on the Revolution in France

Volume iii, p. 274
Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790)

John Adams Foto

„Posterity! you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it.“

—  John Adams 2nd President of the United States 1735 - 1826

1770s
Quelle: Letter to Abigail Adams (27 April 1777), published as Letter CXI in Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife (1841) edited by Charles Francis Adams, p. 218

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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien Foto

„I think we shall have to give the region a name. What do you propose?“

—  John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, buch Leaf by Niggle

"The Porter settled that some time ago," said the Second Voice. "Train for Niggle's Parish in the bay."
Leaf by Niggle (1945)

Roald Amundsen Foto

„The English have loudly and openly told the world that skis and dogs are unusable in these regions and that fur clothes are rubbish. We shall see — we shall see.“

—  Roald Amundsen Norwegian polar researcher, who was the first to reach the South Pole 1872 - 1928

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George Bernard Shaw Foto
Marcel Proust Foto

„What artists call posterity is the posterity of the work of art.“

—  Marcel Proust, buch In Search of Lost Time

Ce qu'on appelle la postérité, c'est la postérité de l'œuvre.
Quelle: In Search of Lost Time, Remembrance of Things Past (1913-1927), Vol II: Within a Budding Grove (1919), Ch. I: "Madame Swann at Home"

H. H. Asquith Foto

„...one thing is certain, that the Budget of next year will stand at the very centre of our work, by which, I was going to say, we shall stand or fall, by which certainly we shall be judged in the estimation both of the present and of posterity.“

—  H. H. Asquith Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1852 - 1928

Speech to the National Liberal Club (11 December 1908), quoted in The Times (12 December 1908), p. 10
Prime Minister

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Napoleon I of France Foto

„Posterity alone rightly judges kings. Posterity alone has the right to accord or withhold honors.“

—  Napoleon I of France French general, First Consul and later Emperor of the French 1769 - 1821

Napoleon : In His Own Words (1916)

Joseph Addison Foto

„We are always doing something for Posterity, but I would fain see Posterity do something for us.“

—  Joseph Addison politician, writer and playwright 1672 - 1719

No. 587 (20 August 1714).
The Spectator (1711–1714)

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Abraham Lincoln Foto

„Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well-wisher to his posterity swear by the blood of the Revolution never to violate in the least particular the laws of the country, and never to tolerate their violation by others.“

—  Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865

1830s, The Lyceum Address (1838)
Kontext: Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well-wisher to his posterity swear by the blood of the Revolution never to violate in the least particular the laws of the country, and never to tolerate their violation by others. As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and laws let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor — let every man remember that to violate the law is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the charter of his own and his children's liberty. Let reverence for the laws be breathed by every American mother to the lisping babe that prattles on her lap; let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in primers, spelling-books, and in almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay of all sexes and tongues and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars. While ever a state of feeling such as this shall universally or even very generally prevail throughout the nation, vain will be every effort, and fruitless every attempt, to subvert our national freedom.

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