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we must secure the benefits of freedom for ourselves and our posterity
  all future generations
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  • we must secure the benefits of freedom for ourselves and our posterity
  • Well, to hear the Post tell it, we lynch ’cause for breakfast; the Journal doesn’t care; and the Times is so wrapped up in its duty to posterity it bores you to death.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Let me set the scene, because it deserves setting for posterity (no, please, I’m not that far gone, posterity! feh).
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Any soldier committing an act of violence would instantly be recorded for posterity.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • I was hoping someone might write it down for posterity, but no one did.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • This is for posterity, remember.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • Posterity is vast.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • This sample of soldiers is, of course, biased toward the groups most likely to write letters or diaries and to save them for posterity to read.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • We have no idea of the value posterity will place on the events we attempt to chronicle.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • They were executed, and their fate was recorded in the Party histories, a warning to posterity.
    George Orwell  --  1984

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  • "Since you have preserved my narration," said he, "I would not that a mutilated one should go down to posterity."
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • She hath, and in that sparing makes huge waste; For beauty, starv’d with her severity, Cuts beauty off from all posterity.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • For small erections may be finished by their first architects; grand ones, true ones, ever leave the copestone to posterity.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • None of them, these artifacts left to my sister, would hold for posterity the moments before and the moments after, when we two girls played in the house or fought over toys.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • I want this story to be there for posterity when I die.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Their immediate posterity, the generation next to the early emigrants, wore the blackest shade of Puritanism, and so darkened the national visage with it, that all the subsequent years have not sufficed to clear it up.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • We are each of an unsocial, taciturn disposition, unwilling to speak, unless we expect to say something that will amaze the whole room, and be handed down to posterity with all the eclat of a proverb.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Alice’s eighteenth birthday having passed, Mrs. Liddell thought it time to document for posterity the young woman her daughter had become.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • There was a celebrated Fourier at the Academy of Science, whom posterity has forgotten; and in some garret an obscure Fourier, whom the future will recall.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • As I went with them the memory of my confident anticipations of a profoundly grave and intellectual posterity came, with irresistible merriment, to my mind.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • "Posterity will do him justice," he concluded, and at once turned to Pierre.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • But be at ease! your name shall descend to posterity!
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Thou hast it now,—king, Cawdor, Glamis, all, As the weird women promis’d; and, I fear, Thou play’dst most foully for’t; yet it was said It should not stand in thy posterity; But that myself should be the root and father Of many kings.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • Explain the swansong too wherein he has commended her to posterity.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Yet many critics have accused her of keeping one eye on posterity and point to a number of letters that have all the air of being bravura pieces.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • The poet or the artist never yet had so fair and noble a design but some of his posterity at least could accomplish it.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • I wandered off downstairs and left them preparing the documents for posterity.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • The orator, or the politician, who can produce such a state of things, is commonly popular with his contemporaries, however he may be treated by posterity.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • His ideal is a man who, having worked all day for the good of posterity (if that is his vocation), washes his mind of the whole subject, commits the issue to Heaven, and returns at once to the patience or gratitude demanded by the moment that is passing over him.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • It was wonderful to see his face shining at us out of a thin cloud of these delicate fumes, as he stirred, and mixed, and tasted, and looked as if he were making, instead of punch, a fortune for his family down to the latest posterity.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • He knew that Hitler would be in favor of anything that might astonish posterity.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • The General glanced at it and said, "Do you realize that everything said in this room is being recorded for posterity?"
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • A few days later he worked up a definition of his own and put it on the blackboard to be copied for posterity.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • You mean a name, and fame with posterity?
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • Point me to one who will dare do it and I will show you one who will dare the infamy of posterity.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • We cannot be sure why, out of all these songs, the "Anger of Achilles" was selected to be written down and handed on to posterity; it appears not to aspire to be the song of Troy, for its story is restricted to a few weeks toward the end of that very long war, and not even the final weeks at that.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • That these were the ornament and bulwark of the kingdom, worthy followers of their most renowned ancestors, whose honour had been the reward of their virtue, from which their posterity were never once known to degenerate.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • The act of 1866 gave the Freedmen’s Bureau its final form,—the form by which it will be known to posterity and judged of men.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Thirteen hundred years hence—so says the unwritten law—the ’combine’ will be the other way, and then how these fine people’s posterity will fume and fret and grit their teeth over the insolent tyranny of trade unions!
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • This American government—what is it but a tradition, though a recent one, endeavoring to transmit itself unimpaired to posterity, but each instant losing some of its integrity?
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • Then was it not the sacred duty of the men of Coketown, with forefathers before them, an admiring world in company with them, and a posterity to come after them, to hurl out traitors from the tents they had pitched in a sacred and a God-like cause?
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Or as if he were bound to provide charms for his posterity in his own person!
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • "Not so, by the soul of Hereward!" said the Saxon; "lead I cannot; but may posterity curse me in my grave, if I follow not with the foremost wherever thou shalt point the way—The quarrel is mine, and well it becomes me to be in the van of the battle."
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • But all this language gotten, and augmented by Adam and his posterity, was again lost at the tower of Babel, when by the hand of God, every man was stricken for his rebellion, with an oblivion of his former language.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • I had another adventure, which puts this matter out of doubt, and which may be an instruction for posterity in the case of a pickpocket.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Moll Flanders
  • She breathed deep, and bottled it up for posterity.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • …the most important crafts and callings that serve to adorn a state; thus must he who would be esteemed prudent and patient imitate Ulysses, in whose person and labours Homer presents to us a lively picture of prudence and patience; as Virgil, too, shows us in the person of AEneas the virtue of a pious son and the sagacity of a brave and skilful captain; not representing or describing them as they were, but as they ought to be, so as to leave the example of their virtues to posterity.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Their faces command relatives in foreign lands-"Send money"-and posterity forever-"Put food in front of this picture."
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • As the world is constituted, the demands of a married state, and the care of posterity, require some little regard to what we call circumstances.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • In consequence, Stephen Blaine handed down to posterity his height of just under six feet and his tendency to waver at crucial moments, these two abstractions appearing in his son Amory.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
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