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.
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