They can only be what they are because you and I are what we are.
(Jamie to Ian in Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon
Orphans have no vanity. One needs parents to be vain.
(Peter Lake in the film Winter's Tale)
The small details of life often hide a great significance.
(Margaret Atwood in Alias Grace)
Just because a gentleman is born in a stable doesn't mean he's a horse.
(Duke of Wellington, victorious commander against Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo, born in Ireland.)
A people without a language is a people without a heart.
(Saying in Ireland where learning the Irish language is compulsory.)
Let's finish with a riddle.
Round and round the radical road the radical rascal ran. How many r's in that?