Ancient Wisdom For The Day – 6/28/10

Living, as we do, in an Age of Immediacy, we are often tempted to focus on the up-to-the-minute ideas of the day, scattered across hundreds of internet sites, with no real attempt to focus on just one idea and ponder it. As an attempt to counter-balance that trend, I plan on offering a (hopefully) daily snippet of Ancient Wisdom–just a sentence or two of something someone wrote centuries ago. A sentence or two that might encourage you to slow down and think about the ideas and wisdom we can learn from the accumulated centuries of human experience. Okay, that sounds pretentious, but I still think that it might prove to spark some interesting discussion. Here’s today’s snippet:

“It is to a man’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.”
— Proverbs 20:3

Feel free to discuss.

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Alex Knapp
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  1. Herb Ely says:

    Reminds me of a more modern proverb: “Harboring resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other fellow to die.”

  2. G.A.Phillips says:

    I think it’s a great idea, and why I often use such things, when I’m not doing this “but every fool is quick to quarrel”