Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said that all truly wise thoughts have already been thought thousands of times; but to make them ours we must honestly ponder them and apply them till they take root in our personal experiences.
My first question is who thought them? Second, how do we honestly ponder a wise thought?
King Solomon implied that the Lord gives wisdom (1) and the mouth of the just brings forth wisdom (2). Wisdom and knowledge will bring stability in times of turmoil (3).
Let no day, therefore, pass you by without some intellectual gain . . . Let the hope of new discovery, as well as the satisfaction and pleasure of known truths, animate your daily industry.
The wise thought then comes as inspiration and will be applied bringing value. The application of these thoughts brings you and I the greatest happiness.
1. Proverbs 2:6
2. Proverbs 10:31
3. Isaiah 33:6