A foolish man
is all night awake,
pondering over everything;
he then grows tired;
and when morning comes,
all is lament as before.
Number 23 says that someone who worries all night over something will not solve their problem; in the morning, the issue still lurks. Instead of getting rest, they exhaust themselves more by worrying and that does not fix the problem.
This is relevant to everybody, since we tend to worry more than we should, but more specifically, high school students. Since high school causes a ton of stress, we usually stay up later than normal to finish projects or study for a test. For me, if I go to bed at one in the morning, I’m spending the entire time, instead of sleeping, wondering if my time was spent wisely and if I will receive the grade I deserve for my hard work. Instead of resting, I worry all night but in the morning, nothing is different. To actually solve a problem, we need to do more than worry, and resting gives us more strength to solve the problem. Staying up all night wears us out more and makes the situation just as difficult to work through.
This quote first reminded me of Amadeus, a story about Mozart. He was basically killed by threatening being threatened to finish a piece of music by a certain deadline. In the process, Mozart was up night after night trying to finish the piece by the deadline; what eventually killed him was his constant worry and not getting enough rest.
I know that is movie, however, when I thought about similar motives in literature I was led to Othello because Iago uses similar discrete planning and “friendship” which eventually leads to Othello’s death. Instead of taking the situation head on, Othello constantly worries and becomes restless. The play doesn’t directly cover Othello’s sleepless nights but I can imagine he had many of, especially since the “victim” was in his own bed with him. In the morning, of course, the problem is never fixed.