"Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late."
Benjamin Franklin
(1706-1790) US Founding Father
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 -- E Archer, NYC      
The older I get the more I realize that wisdom does not come with age.
 -- RobertSRQ     
    My grandmother used to say about the same thing, "Too soon old, too late smart". I think she went out with Ol' Ben couple times. When was 15 I thought she was full of poo. Now that I am 48, I so clearly see she was correct. And she was hot too.
     -- Eric, Wichita     
    Part of the reason we don't wise up until later in life is that "State Run" schools don't teach much other than (patriotic)obedience to the "State". I think we all learned more after school than in it.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    State run school is necessary to keep the left's hopes alive.
     -- warren, olathe     
    Acknowledging the correctness of Robert's statement, I think I somewhat resemble that remark
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Franklin erred once. He said that two things certain were death and taxes, ALL taxes wre abolished along with the money of account in 1968. We cannot pay taxes with dollar bills that the IRS (Imaginary Revenue Scum) said "are not dollars." Instead of abolishing death, our marxist misleaders strive to expedite our demise via abortion, alcohol, alloxan, aluminum, aspartame, caffeine, canola, carageenan, chlorine, fluoride, MSG, Malathion, milk, Nutrasweet, Sucralose, sugar, tobacco, vaccinations and endless wars that our former worst lady, Eleanor Roosevelt said "we don't intend to win," "My people perish for lack of knowledge." Hosea 4:6
     -- Dave, St. Louis MO     
    Where some discover Wisdom and Tolerance, others find only wrinkles and arthritis.
     -- Lee Novick, Philadelphia     
     -- Anonymous      
    Better late than never, I suppose. Too many willfully ignore life's lessons usually just because they can. That good, old government "safety net" creates a nation of fools.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    And the young don't learn from the old.....
     -- Robert, St. Emilion, France     
    Dave: using Franklin's duo, my late father in law said, "few things are certain: death, taxes and change." ( speaking of being wise ! )
    Also, in days past, cardboard "wise-sayings" hangings were sold in drug stress et al ... one I recall: 'Ve get too soon oldt and too late schmardt." I didn't realize till now it was [perhaps] making fun of a non WASP group, trying to say Ben Franklin's wise words ?? ... and that would not be good !
     -- Bob L., Charlotte, VT     
    I go along with Ben on this one.
     -- jim k, austin tx     
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