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. It is however from Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, a 19th century German writer and novelist .

“In youth we learn; in age we understand.” – Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830 – 1916)

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.

“My son, pay attention to my wisdom; lend your ear to my understanding.” – Proverbs 5:1 NKJV

Also, oftentimes adults still think as children, not having the maturity required of wisdom. As Paul puts it in his letter to the Corinthians:

“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” – 1 Corinthians 13:11 NKJV

So, as a young person, try to learn wisdom and gain understanding as much as you can while you are still young. And if you are older, hopefully you’ve gained a measure of wisdom, but don’t stop now there’s plenty more to be had.

See more Bible or Not blog posts on Classic Wisdom Quotes.


In Youth We Learn, In Age We Understand — 11 Comments

  1. Hello,

    I heard the quote tonight on CSI by one of the FBI agents, “In youth we learn; in age we understand.” – Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830 – 1916).

    It struck a cord of such truth in me that I immediately google to see who wrote it.

    Upon researching I found this site and Bible quotes I’m very much aware of and learned in Sunday school and I have recited myself.

    I’ve told my friends kids when they were younger and in a rush to grow up that, “you’re a child once, but an adult for the rest of your life”.

    Meaning enjoy your childhood while you can. Adulthood brings responsibility that produces in time wisdom and understanding.

    God bless.

  2. Ha! That’s where I heard it too :-). It’s the latest of our collection of quotes, and now we have a Mexican Quotes category thanks to Criminal Minds. Thanks!

  3. Yep, I too heard it on Criminal Minds. Really struck a cord. I had to pause and say it again to myself. Is worth sharing…

  4. I never looked up a quote till today..and I heard it on criminal minds too..out of the quotes they say this one stuck…I have a 16 yr ols who is so intelligent and I feel so stupid around him ..wen I heard this quote it smacked me in the face thinking of my son for some reason now I will look up all there quotes may be I’ll get smart lol lol

  5. I first heard this from my high school teacher who we so loved, and I’ve never forgotten this since. Now I got here because I had to google for more meanings this quote as I’m going to discuss this to my class tomorrow. I have become a teacher myself! I learned from my teachers as a youth and now I understand what it is like to be a teacher because I am one…

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