(1 syl.). Live and learn.
Cato, the censor, was an old man when he taught himself Greek. Michael Angelo, at seventy years of age, said, “I am still learning.” John Kemble wrote out Hamlet thirty times, and said, on quitting the stage, “I am now beginning to understand my art.”
Mrs. Siddons, after she left the stage, was found studying Lady Macbeth, and said, “I am amazed to discover some new points in the character which I never found out while acting it.”
Milton, in his blindness, when past fifty, sat down to complete his Paradise Lost Scott, at fifty-five, took up his pen to redeem an enormous liability.
Richardson was above fifty when he published his first novel, Pamela. Benjamin West was sixty-four when be commenced his series of paintings, one of which is Christ Healing the Sick.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894