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Wits must he have | who wanders wide,
But all is easy at home;
At the witless man | the wise shall wink
When among such men he sits.
(Hávamál 5, Bellows trans.)
The All-Father states here that when one would wander,
meet with strangers,and attempt to
mingle with others, there is necessitated a viable wit
or one can become the laughing-stock of an assembly.
It is easier to speak of simplicity outside of the hearth
than to experience it first-hand.