aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

Male and female wisdom

These were favourite maxims with [the two Philosophers]:
You must be fit to give before you can be fit to receive.
Knowledge becomes lumber in a week, therefore, get rid of it.
The box must be emptied before it can be refilled.
Refilling is progress.
A sword, a spade, and a thought should never be allowed to rust.

The Grey Woman and the Thin Woman [wives of the two Philosophers], however, held opinions contrary to these, and their maxims also were different:
A secret is a weapon and a friend.
Man is God's secret, Power is man's secret, Sex is woman's secret.
By having much you are fitted to have more.
There is always room in the box.
The art of packing is the last lecture of wisdom.
The scalp of your enemy is progress.

-- James Stepehens, The Crock of Gold
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