In Youth We Learn, In Age We Understand

Today’s quote on classic wisdom could very well be a Bible quote right out of the book of Proverbs, or even the New Testament.

“In youth we learn; in age we understand.”

How many times have you said to yourself, “if only I knew what I know now, when I was young”? Or fantasize about going back in time, getting about 20 or 30 years younger but retaining your knowledge and wisdom. Yes, older folks do tend to do that. If you’re still young you probably think you still have plenty of time – surprise! – you don’t.

In the Bible we see many examples of the importance of learning wisdom, especially when we are young, but alas it usually takes time and years to begin to get it. In Proverbs Solomon instructs his sons to learn wisdom, follow instruction and gain understanding…

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We Can Forgive a Child Who is Afraid of the Dark

Flash back to your childhood, were you one of those kids who were afraid of the dark? Our quote for today is not a Bible quote, it’s a quote from the famous philospher Plato. He said:

“We can forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” – Plato (428-c. 347 BC)

Although Plato was a pagan, this quote has a strong Christian message – sometimes we find God’s truth in unlikely places.

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Who Said “Charity Begins at Home”?

Today’s post is about the origin of “charity begins at home”. Who said “charity begins at home”? On Bible or Not we like to share popular quotes along with the sources of those quotes, whether Bible or Not (hence the name of this blog). It’s also fun to research and share the origin of famous quotes and sometimes get into the etymology of some of the words.

The origin of Charity Begins at Home is usually not attributed to the Bible. One of the people most referenced as the author of this quote is Sir Thomas Browne, an English physician, writer and theologian.

I make the argument that while this quote is not verbatim from the Bible, the concept definitely is. Furthermore, those who are most quoted as saying “charity begins at home” were well read in the scriptures. We see in the first letter of Paul to Timothy this verse…

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