Learning from History

Hold those things that tell your history and protect them.

Maya Angelou

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.”…You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt

It is your attitude, more than your aptitude, that will determine your altitude.

Zig Ziglar

No sailor ever learned anything in calm seas.

Captain Lee

Men willingly believe what they wish.

Julius Caesar

The only thing new in this world is the history you don’t know.

Harry S. Truman

You may delay, but Time will not.

Benjamin Franklin

Every time history repeats itself, the price goes up.


Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.

Publilius Syrus

You can’t escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.

Abraham Lincoln

Sudden events cannot be handled by the unprepared mind.

Mo Di

There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.

Niccolo Machievelli

The Journey Begins

I just migrated Xine’s Collection of Quotations over to wordpress, thanks for joining me on this platform! I have always loved reading quotes, probably because I would sometimes struggle for the words myself and others seemed to be able to put things so eloquently. I look forward to sharing with everyone in this community my favorite quotations and I hope others will share their favorite quotes with me in the comments.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton


The Power Tie

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
~Herbert Spencer


Lose money for the firm, and I will be understanding. Lose a shred of reputation for the firm, and I will be ruthless. ~Warren Buffett

There a man never attains virtue and excellence through power; rather he attains power and authority through his virtue…study wisdom, therefore, and when you have learnt it, do not neglect it, for I say to you without hesitation that you can attain authority through wisdom. ~ Ælfred, The Great (849-899AD)

Ælfred, The Great


There are few fields of endeavor where history counts so little as in finance.
~John Kenneth Galbraith

A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men. ~Thomas Carlyle


Who lies for you will lie against you. ~Bosnian proverb


Huge markets attract people who measure themselves by money. If someone goes through life and measures themselves solely by how much they have, or how much money they earned last year, sooner or later they’re going to end up in trouble ~Warren Buffett

It’s forgiveness that makes us what we are. Without forgiveness, there would be no history. Without that hope, there would be no art, for every work of art is in some way an act of forgiveness. Without that dream, there would be no love, for every act of love is in some way a promise to forgive. We live on because we can love, and we love because we can forgive. ~Greg David Roberts, Shantaram


Since high school which was some 25+ years ago, I have been a collector of quotes. For some reason I have always found solice and comfort in reading the wisdom of others. Maybe I was never sure of how to express a feeling or point of view but someone must wiser than me like Benjamin Franklin or Ronald Reagan said something so profound that someone wrote it down and saved it. Some quotes can be reflective, some just plain funny – all of them meaning different things to each reader as well. My bff at the time was the first person to ever share quotes with me and actually is probably the trigger which set me off on my way to collecting my own. It had been during a particularly difficult time in my life. Sophomore year a time of big changes for a 16 year old girl who’s home life was very challenging. My bff, although a terrific writer herself – who actually has now written 3 or 4 published novels and teaches at Williams – looked to the wisedom of others to help me through my rough patch added to her own words “I love you”.

It would be very poetic to be able to christen this blog with those very quotes but as I look through my files while writing this I can’t find them – which is really annoying and all the more reason to start filing these all in cyberspace on my blog. Oh well, that’s my reality of a cluttered life. I dedicate this blog to the man pictured above Mr. Benjamin Franklin, an avid collector of sayings – most of which he coined himself [I think he would have absolutely loved the internet] and to my high school bff for helping me find the words when I couldn’t find them myself.