The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions. (Oliver Wendell Holmes, 19th century physician and poet)
With the increasing emphasis on youth, we’re bombarded with commercials and ads that tell us how to stay young with certain exercise equipment, vitamin supplements, or surgeries. Holmes is suggesting, however, that there might be something the older generation can offer: wisdom. And there’s only one way to get that—experience.
Wisdom and money can get you almost anything, but only wisdom can save your life. … How much better to get wisdom than gold, and good judgment than silver! (Proverbs 7:12; 16:16)