Makin tua umumnya orang akan semakin bijak. Apalagi orang-orang yang pada dasarnya sudah dikenal sebagi orang bijak, misalnya Nelson Mandela:
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear but the triumph over it. I felt fear myself more times than I can remember, but I hid it behind a mask of boldness. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid but he who conquers fear.
Atau Clint Eastwood:
Take your profession seriously; don’t take yourself seriously. You really only matter to a certain degree in the whole circus out there. If you take yourself seriously, you’re not going to be able to move forward.
Atau desainer grafis Massimo Vigneli:
History, theory, and criticism are the three fundamental elements to grow in a professional life. History will provide you with the tools for understanding. Theory will be the philosophy of why you’re doing it. And criticism will provide you with the ability to continually master what you are doing.
Atau Chef Jacques Pepin:
For most kids now, a chicken is rectangular. It’s got plastic on top, and it doesn’t have eyes or feet. This is scary. You should never eat something you cannot recognize. A simple principle, but important.
Atau The Dame Judi Dench:
I get sillier as I get older, so I don’t know what wisdom means.
(dikutip dari buku Wisdom karya A. Zuckerman via Reader’s Digest)