Wisdom Wednesday: Merlin’s Advice

Well, it was bound to happen. I forgot to schedule a Wisdom Wednesday.  I blame  the library’s very odd Monday,  in which we were sent running from the building a half-hour into our workday by noxious fumes coming through the AC system.  On the urging of the fire department, we closed for the day so our HVAC people could replace some part that had gone afoul, and the air could be refreshed.   I couldn’t complain about a day off, but it has disrupted my mental calendar.   This quote comes from Goodreads;  someone sent me a friend request and I discovered this quote in their profile. I must read the sourced book!


“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.”

-T.H. White, The Once and Future King

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Citizen, librarian, reader with a boundless wonder for the world and a curiosity about all the beings inside it.
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6 Responses to Wisdom Wednesday: Merlin’s Advice

  1. James Henderson says:

    That is a beautiful quotation. It reminds me of Aristotle’s claim that man by nature desires to know.

  2. proxyfish says:

    What a lovely quotation! 😊

  3. Cyberkitten says:

    Excellent quote. That book is on my interest list too…….

  4. That’s is such a great quote, just lovely.

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