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Part 2: On perspicaciousness (good judgment, perceptiveness), reasonableness, sagacity, savoir-faire, wisdom, and worldly wisdom


Ma j ly fi ju m l.
Go on feeding is what makes the cane rat fatter than the Tullberg's rat.
(Excessive consideration for others can be disadvantageous.) [81]

M k r, m k r l b l sgun; n lnkta bni.
I will capture slaves and I will capture loot is what one has in mind on departure for a war; the third one comes upon one only along the way.
(Too often one is so preoccupied with the good aspects of a proposition that the bad aspects sneak up on one.) [82]

Mjn db kk, sr y ok sta, n Olwa- eun.
The tender youth has sex for the first time ever, pulls out his penis prematurely, and says God be praised!
(A novice knows not how to relish good things.)

Mj-kr nil ay gb; gbogbo r k l bn s.
Judicious forebearance is the wise approach to the world; not every matter deserve to be angry at.
(The best way to live is to ignore petty annoyances.)


81. The Tullberg's rat is supposed to have told the cane rat (also known as cutting grass) to eat first of their common food. The latter fed rather well, leaving little for the former to eat.  [Back to text]


82. The third thing that surprises the soldier along the way is death.  [Back to text]