Monday, July 6, 2009

Being Wise III

"Wisdom comes with winters."

--Oscar Wilde

Why does wisdom not come in summers?

7 comments:

rebecca said...

I suppose because Spring is when you are born; Summer is the youth of your life; Autumn is when you are mature and start winding down; and Winters are when you are finally settled and are in your retirement years - the years that have gifted you the "wisdom" gathered from decades of experience and knowledge. I suppose it was an allegorical statement on Wilde's part, but then again, I'm just guessing....

Judith Ellis said...

That's very nice, Rebecca. I assume that we can have winters in any period of life as well as all of the others seasons. Our experiences, and how we cope with each, must matter here. By the way, the statement is clearly allegorical.

Marion said...

Judith, I wasn't going to post what I originally thought, but here goes: it's just too damn hot in summertime to even consider deep thoughts like wisdom and besides that, we're too busy in the garden and yard working! LOL! (Not that Oscar Wilde worked in the yard, bless his wild, crazy heart...)

Judith Ellis said...

LOL, Marion! And so true about Wilde! Isn't it wild that he's called Wilde? Gotta love him!

Marion said...

Yes, Judith, I loved Oscar Wilde and have read several biographies about him. I love what is purported to have been his last words: "Either the wallpaper goes, or I do." The man had a great sense of humor!

Judith Ellis said...

YES!

Meena said...

Winter = rough times, barreness; no one learns in life, w/o suffering. It is with "winter" aka pain, loss, difficulty, that we learn and become wise.

In a way it is sad that humanity only achieve sagacity by suffering.