Today’s Spanish-language proverbs is one of my favorites:
El diablo sabe por diablo, pero más sabe por viejo.
“The devil knows because he is the devil, but he knows more because he’s old”.
This proverb is a variation of the old Spanish proverb: “Más sabe el diablo por viejo que por diablo“: “The devil knows more for being old than for being the devil”. I like the first one more, though.
I’ve grown fonder and fonder of this proverb which extolls the knowledge and wisdom that comes with age, precisely as I get older and realize just how true it is. The past is really the best predictor of the future – which is why knowing history is so important -, and nothing can quite teach you as much about life as living.