The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.

The older I grow the more I distrust that familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom. H. L. Mencken

One of the guys at breakfast club said this a while back and while I burst out laughing, it also made me think.

“I was looking at a guy who had really white hair thinking to myself that he must be very wise… as you know with age comes wisdom… but then I realized, even the stupid get old.”

I really have nothing to add to that.


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    There have and will probably continue to be both old fools and young fools. When a person does not think about the probable risks and consequences of what action they plan to take, the risk factor of a foolish decision increases. Reputation earned by character and discernment are usually a better indication a person is wise rather than white hair.

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    • December 13, 2013    

      Well said and very articulate. Thank you for your highly detailed and thoughtful response.

      • December 13, 2013    

        Thanks for your compliment. I enjoy blogging about wisdom when I believe the poster is sincere..

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