To Know Much


I never know as much as when I don’t know anything.


In Philadelphia Story, written by Philip Barry, a character says, “The time to make up your mind about people, is never.”

Do you agree? Can we judge each other? Does someone who seems confident and sure of the facts really have the answers? I find that the biggest barrier to having good conversations is when people’s minds are already made up. Then no discussion is possible — it becomes people trying to explain what an idiot you are for not agreeing with them. Having an open mind, believing you always have more to learn about the world, being open to hearing and empathizing with other people, that is the best way to approach other people.

Writing Tip: My post is an epigram, a short form of poetry or witticism.

Kathryn Apel, a fantastic Aussie poet, described epigrams in last week’s Poetry Friday, and her link offers this self-defining example:

What is an Epigram? A dwarfish whole,
Its body brevity, and wit its soul.
— Samuel Taylor Coleridge

And this clever quip:

I can resist everything but temptation.
— Oscar Wilde

Happy Poetry Friday! Thanks to Linda B at TeacherDance for hosting. Thanks to Keisha for sending me Evidence by Mary Oliver. It’s a real treat!

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43 thoughts on “To Know Much

  1. “the more you know, the more you don’t know” — yes, a true sign of wisdom. When you are young it is hard to believe…Love your epigrams and the quotes – and the photo on top of all this. Beautiful, beautiful post! I wish you a great week.

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    • My stepbrother used to have a bummer sticker that said an expert was someone who knows more and more about less and less. 🙂 Yours is a good quote, too. I wasn’t familiar with it, but I looked it up. Goodreads attributes that to Aristotle.


  2. Wilde had tons of great epigrams. Some are very prescient. This Wilde epigram fits the current political scene, “I can believe anything, provided it is incredible.” Or this one, “It is personalities not principles that move the age.”

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  3. What a haunting photo set in happy sunshine. Thank you for the power-packed post of few words. As usual, the short cuts to the heart the quickest with me. I enjoyed the comments as much as your post! The comments give me hope for a world of thinking people who care….the world I want to be a part of. Have a great week!

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  4. I saw the earlier comment, was going to say that hose ferns are rather like spirits, appropriate for the time, and a beautiful photo! I am hearing your frustration, and you’ve shared it with grand words, Brenda. I was gone last PF, so enjoyed the epigram explanation and examples. Thanks!

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