2There lies less good than most believe In ale for mortal men.A man knows nothing if he knows notThat wealth oft begets an ape.A coward thinks he will live foreverIf only he can shun warfare.Tell one your thoughts, but beware of two.All know what is known to three.A silly man lies awake all night,Thinking of many things.When the morning comes he is worn with care,And his trouble is just as it was.
3Elder EddaUnlike Norse Religion, there are several collections of wise sayings that do not reflect upon heroism at all.Norse wisdom-literature gives a view of life.These writers, who seemed to have much age and experience, have retired from the battle field and now see things from a different point.
4A paltry man and poor of mind Is he who mocks at all things A paltry man and poor of mind Is he who mocks at all things. Brave men can live well anywhere. A coward dreads all things.
5I once was young and traveled alone I once was young and traveled alone. I met another and thought myself rich. Man is the joy of man. Be a friend to your friend. Give him laughter for laughter. To a good friend’s house The path is straight Though he is far away.
6To this one his sons are a joy, and to that No man has nothing but misery, let him be never so sick.To this one his sons are a joy, and to thatHis kin, to another his wealth.And yet another the good he has done.In a maiden’s words let no man place faith,Nor in what a women says.But I know men and women both.Men’s mind are unstable toward women.None so good that he has no faults,None so wicked that he is worth naught.
7Moderately wise each other should be, Not overwise, for a wise man’s heart Is seldom glad. Cattle die and kindred die. We also die. But I know one thing that never dies, Judgment on each one dead.
9WisdomAlong with their truly inspiring heroism, these men of the Norse had delightful common sense. Although the combination seems impossible, the poems prove otherwise.We are connected to the Norse by race, our culture goes back to the Greeks.Norse mythology gives a clear picture of what the people were like form whom comes a major part of our spiritual and intellectual inheritance.