Wisdom: "Listen to Understand"

From the "Happy Thoughts" Sketchbook
© Joan Ann Lansberry, quote by Ptah-Hotep, 2400 BCE:
"If a person immerses himself in listening, he will start to understand” (Translation by Christian Jacq)

Drawing based on Old Kingdom examples, such as this relief of Akhethotep at the Brooklyn Museum:


Relief of Akhethotep
Limestone, 36 1/8 x 23 11/16 in. (91.8 x 60.2 cm)
Early Old Kingdom, Late Dynasty 3 - Early Dynasty 4
Excavated from Saqqara
Brooklyn Museum #57.178, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Photo © Joan Lansberry, May 2008


Hieroglyphs and more literal translation from Jacq's book _The Wisdom of Ptah-Hotep_, Maxim 39, Epilogue2

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