What is descent?

Famous quotes containing the word descent:

    My life has been one long descent into respectability.
    Mandy Rice-Davies (b. 1944)

    Genealogy. An account of one’s descent from an ancestor who did not particularly care to trace his own.
    Ambrose Bierce (1842–1914)

    And every stone shall cry,
    In praises of the child
    By whose descent among us
    The worlds are reconciled.
    Richard Wilbur (b. 1921)