When An Old Man Dies, A Library Burns – Proverb From Gambia


When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground. (A proverb from Gambia) taken from the book, “Life Is God’s Best Gift” By Sam Chege.

Like good wine, we get better with age. Wisdom comes with age. Those who have lived long have more experiences in life. Consult them, talk to them and you will learn many things about life. Wisdom is a treasure that our ancestors have handed down to us in the form of proverbs, wise sayings, judicious encouragements and lived experiences. Wisdom is like fire. People take it from others. When you follow in the path of your father, you learn to walk like him. The elders have seen everything in this life. An elder who is sitting down on a stool can see further than a young boy perched on a tree. Those who listen to the elderly pave their own road to success. The mouth of an elderly man is without teeth, but never without words of wisdom.

The fly that has no one to advise him, follows a corpse into the grave. When you lack good counsel from the elders, you make costly mistakes in life.