Speaking to a learned gathering without full knowledge,
Is like playing a dice game without the board.
An unlearned man desiring to be eloquent,
Is like a breastless women longing to be feminine.
Even the ignorant will be deemed wise
If they refrain from speaking in the presence of the learned.
However excellent an unlearned man's knowledge may be,
Knowledgeable men will never take it.
An unlearned man's self-conceit will shrivel
The moment he speaks to an assembly.
Like unproductive barren land is the man who has neglected learning.
All that can be said about him is that he exists.
The goodness and beauty of him whose knowledge
Is neither subtle nor penetrating are like that of a painted clay doll.
Even more wretched than a learned man's poverty
Is the unlearned man's wealth.
Though humbly born, a learned man's nobility
Transcends that of the unlearned noble man.
As men are to feral beasts, so are the luminaries
Of knowledge compared to unlearned men.
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