My Grandfather’s Wisdom: Lessons From a Short Life Lived Well by George F. Knight is a collection of advice, motivational quotes, and ancestral stories….a journey to the past. George F. Knight never met his paternal grandfather who passed away 15 years before he was born, and he and his sibling knew little of him. It was not until his own father’s death, that he discovered a scarlet journal of his grandfather’s. In this journal, his grandfather scribed words of wisdom from his own experiences in such detail….what a tremendous find!
This little book means a lot to me…not because it is my family that this man writes about. Instead it is the legacy of his own family that he writes about. If you know me, you know I am always up for sifting through old letters and photographs. I love going to antique stores and reading about the past both nonfiction and historical fiction. I love going to visit historical sites and getting lost in the stories of those who have come before. This is a big reason why I love books….and bookstore and libraries. To wander around a place with so much wisdom and history and smell the pages and the book glue…to touch the worn spines and wonder about the people who have been here before…that is an amazing feeling.
I hold George F. Knight in high regards because he took the words written by a man he never met…words that were written in the late 1800s, and he preserved them and honored them in a beautiful book for the future to read. There is meaning in the words his grandfather wrote, and family or not…this book is a treasure.
Here are a few of my favorites quotes from the collection:
“There is no greater nuisance than the fluent man who excels in ignorance.”
“”To know enough to realize that you do not know it all will many times save you from making a fool of yourself.”
“There is so much bad in the best of us and so much good in the worst of us that it hardly behooves any of us to talk about the rest of us.”
This is a book I recommend for all to read….pick it up when you need some advice…some inspiration… some laughter. You’ll be better off for it.