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I had a heatstroke and that’s why I zoned in forensics and Chinese and didn’t rise to the bait when Diaz asked me what I thought about the legacy of Andrew Jackson.
Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  coming from the past or left to the future — especially a gift left in a will
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In law, a legacy is a gift of personal property given by through a will.

A prospective member of school or other organization may be referred to as a legacy if they have a parent or other relative who is an alumni or member.

A computer system may be referred to as a legacy system if it uses technologies that are old relative to newly developed systems.
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  • I had a heatstroke and that’s why I zoned in forensics and Chinese and didn’t rise to the bait when Diaz asked me what I thought about the legacy of Andrew Jackson.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • I want the legacy of the Morgenstern name.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • In that twisted, incestuous way of fate, Mia’s a part of our history, and we’re among the shards of her legacy.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Invariably they were polite in their queries—the legacy of TruYou—and gracious in their ratings.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • How could I ever live up to my grandfather’s legacy?
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • The legacy of slavery very much shaped my grandmother and the way she raised her nine children.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • It’s not that I believed the shop would be there forever, or become a village institution, but I did hold out hope of the store’s being passed along in the coming years, if going by a different name, from the Hickeys to whomever and whomever else, a humble legacy that a decent man had once begun and built up and nurtured.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • My first Legacy must be forming.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • Grade school girls in Two Mills still jump rope and chant: Ma-niac, Ma-niac
    He’s so cool
    Ma-niac, Ma-niac
    Don’t go to school
    Runs all night
    Runs all right
    Ma-niac, Ma-niac
    Kissed a bull!
    And sometimes the girl holding one end of the rope is from the West side of Hector, and the girl on the other end is from the East side; and if you’re looking for Maniac Magee’s legacy, or monument, that’s as good as any — even if it wasn’t really a bull.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Maniac Magee
  • They were one more part of the legacy Timothy had left me.
    Theodore Taylor  --  The Cay

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  • The other heirs were too stunned by the unexpected legacy to bother him with questions.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • With only my precious thermos bottle, my legacy from Mr. Luftig, and my blanket, I crawled onto a narrow wood shelf and lay down.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • The legacy of the factories was here on the beach.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Confederates who said that they fought for the same goals as their forebears of 1776 would have been surprised by the intense conviction of northern soldiers that they were upholding the legacy of the American Revolution.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Like the last of his letters I quoted—the one about Maria Hunt—this message had to do with a death, and like the earlier one concerning Artiste, it brought me news of what might be considered something in the nature of a legacy, or a share in one.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • But you can choose your legacy.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Old Jacob MacKenzie’s legacy was a strong one.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • It was his legacy.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • This is my legacy, my father’s legacy, and I have a duty to it."
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • For the name and all it held would be their legacy.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • In this case the Morgenstern legacy.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • And it was from Cody that he inherited money — a legacy of twenty-five thousand dollars.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • He taught me new phrases like "second generation" and sprouted words like "legacy."
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • Some stretched across the entire continent, one small part of the Rusty legacy still scarring the land.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • Boys and girls must know the legacy of their fathers.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • In the worst of conditions, the legacy of my teammates steadies my resolve and silently guides my every deed.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • There was also a legacy of one thousand pounds.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • I asked Joe whether he had heard if any of the other relations had any legacies?
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • A legacy of tradition and heroism that stretched back to antiquity had fallen upon him.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Yet these were the areas Mayor Schmoke knew would determine his legacy of success or failure.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • If the worst of what she left on Earth was a legacy of inebriated support, it was a good legacy in my book.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • And this commitment to charity reminds the cancer person of the essential goodness of humanity and makes him/her feel loved and encouraged because s/he will leave a cancer-curing legacy.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy?
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • A legacy that powerful does not disappear.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • They’re going to remember me as Piper McLean’s father, and that’s the best legacy I can imagine.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • Education, in other words, and not earthly possessions, is the ultimate legacy, the only thing that cannot be taken away.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • "I hope," said Dr. Mortimer, "that you do not look with suspicious eyes upon everyone who received a legacy from Sir Charles, for I also had a thousand pounds left to me."
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • He talked about the reaction of his fellow marines and the legacy of their distrust.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • She moved our things out of storage into a plywood cabin on the piney outskirts of town, which she rented on the strength of a tiny legacy from Grandfather Wharton.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • If Olympus falls, not only will the gods fade, but everything that is connected to our legacy will also begin to unravel.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • Every muscle in her body seemed tuned to one objective-finding the antimatter before it left a horrific legacy.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • —that legacy of the Wild which no animal may escape nor exchange for pottage.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Ellsworth M. Toohey had accepted the legacy and had turned it over, intact, to the "Workshop of Social Study," a progressive institute of learning where he held the post of lecturer on "Art as a Social Symptom."
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Plus, a lot of the campers are legacies—second or third generation.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • The culture we belong to and the legacies passed down by our forebears shape the patterns of our achievement in ways we cannot begin to imagine.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • As for the five hundred and eighty thousand francs, they constituted a legacy bequeathed to Cosette by a dead person, who desired to remain unknown.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • We are certain you will honor his legacy.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Our house might not have been as famous as the one where Dobbs Spaight was buried, but it still afforded my father some bragging rights in the halls of Congress, and whenever he walked around the garden, I could see him dreaming about the legacy he wanted to leave.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • This legacy of brokenness goes all the way back to Adam, what about him?
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • He reminded them that previous tempering of Church law—the Vatican II fiasco—had left a devastating legacy: Church attendance was now lower than ever, donations were drying up, and there were not even enough Catholic priests to preside over their churches.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
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