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.

Unknown

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

Strengths and weaknesses

Build up your weaknesses until they become your strong points. – Knute Rockne

When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you. – Lao Tzu
A really self-restrained person grows every day from strength and from peace to more peace. The very first step in self-restraint is the restraint of thoughts. – Gandhi
It never ceases to amaze me; we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinions than our own. – Marcus Aurelius
Do we not realize that self respect comes with self reliance? – Abdul Kalam
Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men. – Seneca
Our strength grows out of our weaknesses. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. – Abraham Lincoln
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination… – Maya Angelou
There is nothing so strong as gentleness, and nothing so gentle as strength. – Leo Muir

Trick or Treat! Smell My Feet! We Want Something Good to Eat!

When I was a kid, I remember having a record of Halloween Songs. Yes a vinyl record. One particular song stuck in my head so that even 30+ years latter when it gets to be Halloween these words ring in my head:

H-A-DOUBLE L-O-W-DOUBLE E-N spells Halloween!
H-A-DOUBLE L-O-W-DOUBLE E-N spells Halloween!
Over and over again…thus I never forgot how to spell the word and passed the little diddy onto my own children.

On Hallowe’en the thing you must do
Is pretend that nothingcan frighten you
An’ if somethin’ scares you and you want to run
Jus’ let on like it’s Hallowe’en fun.
-from an Early Nineteenth Century Halloween Postcard

Nothing on Earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night. -Steve Almond

Hold on, man. We don’t go anywhere with “scary,” “spooky,” “haunted,” or “forbidden” in the title. -From Scooby-Doo

This Halloween the most popular mask is the Arnold Schwarzenegger mask. And the best part? With a mouth full of candy you will sound just like him. -Conan O’Brien

Hark! Hark to the wind! ‘Tis the night, they say,
When all souls come back from the far away-
The dead, forgotten this many a day! – Virna Sheard

Where there is no imagination there is no horror. –Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.

There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls. -George Carlin

Charlie Brown is the one person I identify with. C.B. is such a loser. He wasn’t even the star of his own Halloween special. -Chris Rock

From ghoulish and ghosties and long leggety beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us! – Scottish saying

Backward, turn backward,O Time, in your flight make me a child again just for to-night!
-Elizabeth Akers Allen