Presidents' Day this week reminded us of George Washington and Abe Lincoln, two very wise leaders in American history.
There's a big difference between someone who is SMART and someone who is WISE. Wisdom is not directly linked to intelligence nor even age. I know people who never went to college with more wisdom than others with PhDs.
My dad was one who knew how to apply knowledge in practical ways of life. Some call it horse sense. His bottom line on advice was usually, "Honey, just do what God leads you to do." Wisdom.
Here are a few words of wisdom from others in history:
A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it.
Whenever you find you are on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.
Why does a woman work 10 years to change a man's habits then complain that he's not the man she married?
The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.
You can lead a man to Congress but you can't make him think.
Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
Always listen to the experts. They'll tell you what can't be done and why. Then do it.
Life doesn't imitate art; it imitates bad television.
It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
Old age is fifteen years older than I am.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
It takes a long time to grow an old friend.
It's one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it's a sure sign you're getting old.
You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something sometime in your life.
I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They've experienced pain and bought jewelry.
Life is never fair and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.
Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.
Love is what makes two people sit in the middle of a bench when there is plenty of room on both ends.
And I'll add one I just read by Chuck Swindoll:
A commendable etching on a gravestone would be: "Here lies a man who kept growing as he kept aging." Growing up and growing old need to walk hand in hand.
Older, if not wiser,