|First of all,
one must be aware that wisdom is not something beyond reach. The seeds of wisdom are
implanted firmly in the hearts of all men, although the cultivation of them is left to
each individual. Many grossly neglect these precious seeds while some make them grow into
oaks. Emerson believes that there is a divine spark in every one of us, but it is up
to the individual to strike the spark and turn it into a divine flame of wisdom.
The second point is in regard to the keynote of wisdom. It is
humility. It is literally impossible to exaggerate the infinite significance of humility.
If a man has everything but humility. If a man has nothing but humility, he is saved. No
arrogant man, however intelligent, can ever attain wisdom unless he repents, unless he
casts away his arrogance, and in that case he is no longer arrogant.