It could also be a mangled quotation of Chinese or Japanese proverbs. :=)It could be a Western-created proverb attributed to Chinese or Japanese.
But then that would refer to humility, I guess. Or am I mistaken: the older we become, the more we (ought to) become humble?Joxemiel Barandiaran, a Basque anthropologist and etnographer used to say that her mum gave him the best piece of advice ever . He was back on holiday at his family farm , he had excelled in his studies, and there was every reason for him to feel proud of himself. Nevertheless, his mum took him to the orchad and pointing to the apple trees she said: Look, the more fruit they bear, the lower the branches bend: " Zenbat eta beteago, orduan eta apalago"
It refers to humility, just like the versions with the bamboo and the rice, the wiser you become ( fuller of knowledge, like the tree full of apples), the humbler you should become.But then that would refer to humility, I guess. Or am I mistaken: the older we become, the more we (ought to) become humble?