learning

a golden urn
that can never be stolen

a kind of natural food for the mind

a weightless treasure
easily carried

no thief can touch

like rowing upstream
knows no frontier

no shame in sour roots

no royal road to pleasant fruits

comes through work
a little dangerous

remains
after all else is lost.

 

Note: all lines are borrowed from the “Learning” entry in the Routledge Handbook of World Proverbs.

Featured Image: “Introspection” by Jacqueline Faubert