In his great painting The Blue Cloak Peter Bruegel has incorporated at least 78
proverbs, maxims, rhymes and symbols. One shows a woman carrying fire in her
right hand and a bucket of water in the left. It is a depiction of an old
proverb. To say “she carries fire in one hand and water in the other”
means that she holds two opposite or contradictory opinions. Jesus put it
simply: “You cannot serve two masters.” The apostle Paul put it
simply “Be of one mind.”
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