Two kinds of knowledge about living and learning

I’m not young enough to know everything. ― Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)

By the time you’re eighty years old you’ve learned everything.
You only have to remember it. ― George Burns (1896–1996)

Two kinds of knowledge

There are two kinds of knowledge:
Youth knows it all, without having lived;
And having lived and learned, Old Age
Soon forgets what it’s come to know.

Then there’s the wisdom
Of knowing you know nothing;
But knowing your Self.

― Ken Chawkin (1944–still learning)

The Coming Of Wisdom With Time

Though leaves are many, the root is one;
Through all the lying days of my youth
I swayed my leaves and flowers in the sun;
Now I may wither into the truth.

― William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
Socrates (469–399 B.C.E.)

Know thyself.
Ancient Greek aphorism on the Temple of Apollo at Delphi

Those who know are wise. Those who know themselves are enlightened.
― Laozi (5th or 4th century BC)

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
Rumi (13th century Persian poet and Sufi mystic.)

Also see: Searching For The Meaning Of Your Life.

And this related poem: Seeing Is Being.

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5 Responses to “Two kinds of knowledge about living and learning”

  1. David Kanigan Says:

    Great post Ken, thanks for sharing. Inspiring.

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