January 4, 2007

Wisdom

Love and respect woman. Look to her not only for comfort, but for strength and inspiration and the doubling of your intellectual and moral powers. Blot out from your mind any idea of superiority; you have none.

~Giuseppe Mazzini

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.

~Lao-Tzu

7 comments:

Sideon said...

Powerful quotes, SML. Heh - I'd just finished commenting on Ashes' site about Lilith and the Mormon patriarchy... and going off in typical Ho-Don fashion.

The 2nd quote blows me away. It's great timing for me - I was feeling rough around the edges today.

Thank you for your exquisite timing.

Cele said...

I'm with Sid, the second quote totally rocks. Thank you for the wisdom

pokerspice said...

To thine own self be true.
~Shakespeare

Anonymous said...

I needed to hear that as well...have a great day!

Anonymous said...

We said we'd walk together
Darling come what may
And that come the twilight
Should we lose our way
If as we're walking
A hand should slip free
I'll wait for you and
should I fall behind you wait for me

IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND - Bruce Springsteen

pokerspice said...

You've been tagged!

Anonymous said...

I do love women, but I think the first quote is a sexist version of putting women on pedestals. Women are still viewed by your Italian friend as further aggrandizement of the male ego -- "doubling of your intellectual and moral powers."

I also have to disagree with any use of Polonius' speech in Hamlet, given the fact that his advice to Laertes wasn't to be "true to thyself" in terms of integrity, but in terms of self-interest.

What does Lao-Tzu say about feeling contrarian?