"I quote others only in order the better to express myself." ~ Michel de Montaigne
What behaviors brought us to where we are today? How can we learn from them for our own growth? What ideas of those who came before us and words of wisdom from the past can help us in the future?
Often it is best, I believe, to defer to the words of others. As for which words answer which questions, I will let you decide that for yourself...
"Wall Street never changes: The pockets change, the suckers change, the stocks change, but Wall Street never changes, because human nature never changes." ~ Jesse Livermore
"As life closes in on someone who has borrowed far too much money on the strength of far too little income, there are no fire escapes." ~ John Kenneth Galbraith
"If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it." ~ Socrates
"Thought is the organizing factor in man: intersected between the 'causal' primary instincts and the resulting actions." ~ Albert Einstein
"All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become." ~ Buddha
"Money often costs too much." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking for itself." ~ A.A. Milne
"Don't let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no one else does, the truth -- don't let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency." ~ Aesop
"Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them." ~ Epictetus
"A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears." ~ Michel de Montaigne
"There is no truth. There is only perception." ~ Gustave Flaubert
"The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons -- Greed, anger, and delusion." ~ Bodhidharma
"Fear always springs from ignorance." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The markets can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent." ~ John Maynard Keynes
"The emotions aren't always immediately subject to reason, but they are always immediately subject to action." ~ William James
"The most common cause of low prices is pessimism -- sometimes pervasive, sometimes specific to a company or industry. We want to do business in such an environment, not because we like pessimism but because we like the prices it produces. It's optimism that is the enemy of the rational buyer." ~ Warren Buffett
"Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance." ~ Confucius
"To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future." ~ Plutarch
"Every person, all the events of your life, are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you." ~ Richard Bach
"When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us." ~ Alexander Graham Bell
I could not have said it any better...