In your name, the family name is at last because it's the family name that lasts.
We do not have to be ashamed of what we are. As sentient beings we have wonderful backgrounds. These backgrounds may not be particularly enlightened or peaceful or intelligent. Nevertheless, we have soil good enough to cultivate; we can plant anything in it.
Humans must be skeptics in order to find truth. Because there is always something that lies beneath.
Academia is a rarified culture, especially an Ivy League academic background.
America's armed forces are an essential background to much of what the U.S. accomplishes internationally.
One of the degrees I have is in business, and I was a healthcare administrator that ran a 365-bed skilled nursing facility for years and generated several million dollars a year profit for them. So I have a background in business.
It was also my idea that the advisory committees of the Academy should replace the legal committees of the German Reichstag, which was gradually fading into the background in the Reich.
When I entered Harvard, my background was mostly combinatorics and algebra.
Anecdotes are factoids of questionable provenance, burnished to a high gloss, often set in gilded venues and populated with familiar names as background atmosphere, purged of ambiguity in the interest of keeping the narrative flowing smoothly.
The new history is really ancient history newly discovered. Journalists are taking crash courses in the blood-drenched background of Serbs, Croats, Bosnians, North Ossetians, Armenians and Azerbaijanis.
On a standard space shuttle crew, two of the astronauts have a test pilot background - the commander and the pilot.
The background of a mayor of a city of any size is a background of somebody who on one hand is an executive and on the other hand is very close to the ground.
I grew up in Fall River, Massachusetts. My background was modest, and I worked at a Portuguese bakery in town.
I have the background singers of Ray Charles, the background singers of Smokey Robinson, and the background singers of Barry White and I built a choir around that.
The biggest surprise to people is that I sang background on Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' album.
I'm singing background on one of Blondie's songs on her new album.
My forebears refused to cut the sugar cane for plantation owners, and I am recognisably a product of that background.
In some cases, the casting directors have casted blindly and have not looked into my ethnic background.
English has been this vacuum cleaner of a language, because of its history meeting up with the Romans and then the Danes, the Vikings and then the French and then the Renaissance with all the Latin and Greek and Hebrew in the background.
No novel is a clone of any preceding one, though with a background cast of characters and things that has grown to thousands, there are many familiar aspects.