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  • Heredity: the thing a child gets from the other side of the family.

  • Heredity may be the Cellophane wrapper around a child which environment fails to penetrate.

  • ... as we grow old we become more and more the stuff our forebears put into us. ... We think we are so individual and so misunderstood when we are young; but the nature our strain of blood carries is inside there, waiting, like our skeleton.

  • ... all good qualities in a child are the result of environment, while all the bad ones are the result of poor heredity on the side of the other parent.

  • Whatever might be the truth about heredity, it was immensely disturbing to be pressed upon by two families, to discover, in their so different qualities, the explanation of oneself.

  • Family traits, like murder, will out. Nature has but so many molds ...