Friday, December 30, 2011

The wisdom of Herbert Henry Asquith

"Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life."

Herbert Henry Asquith (1852 - 1928)

Herb, also known as the 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith, had some career path issues that transform this otherwise good-natured epigram into a truly poignant observation: as the Liberal Prime Minister of Britain he led his country into World War I.

Wikipedia profile of Herbert H. Asquith

I think Asquith may have intended to express much the same thing as this more tart offering:

"No wise man ever wished to be younger."

This is the wisdom of Jonathan Swift (1667-1745).

Swift, the 18th century Irish satirist and political pamphleteer, is perhaps best known as the author of "Gulliver's Travels."

More on Swift at Wikipedia

Another take on the game plan of life, for young and old:

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