Do The Wise Really Need Words?

My mom often used the phrase, “word to the wise” before explaining something to me.

When I was old enough to officially think like a smart aleck, I wondered about the wisdom in that idiom, questioning the need for words to the wise.

Don’t the wise already know everything?

Fortunately, as I grew a bit wiser, I realized only the wise would heed that word.

Aha! A breakthrough, a veritable epiphany! I got it – Any warnings and cautions would be lost on the foolish. Hence the proverb in it’s entirety, “A word to the wise is sufficient.”

And, as Sean Connery’s character Jim Malone in The Untouchables would say, “Here endeth the lesson.”


About nancsue

Writer - Former newspaper columnist - lover of all things nostalgic, collies, music, and humor.
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2 Responses to Do The Wise Really Need Words?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Enjoyed. Thank you.

  2. Amanda Ricks says:

    Good post, I like the expression, a word to the wise is sufficient, because for me the shorter and more precise the stronger the message.Amanda

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