Ven der putz shteht, ligt der sechel in drerd

Bob Sutton:

An old Yiddish saying in Portnoy’s Complaint – Phillip Roth’s lewd classic – describes the misguided behavior of all too many powerful men: Ven der putz shteht, ligt der sechel in drerd, which means “When the prick stands up, the brains get buried in the ground.” From recent academic research and press reports, it’s clear that power can poison even the most intelligent and well-meaning people when they take influential positions.

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