Dearth of wisdom is dire destitution.
Other forms of poverty the world deems less impoverishing.
All merit for a gift given gladly by an ignoramus
Is nothing but the goodness gained by the recipient's past penance.
The suffering that ignorant men inflict upon themselves
Can hardly be caused even by their enemies.
What is stupidity? It is that vanity
Which dares to declare, "I am wise."
He who pretends to knowledge that he does not possess
Raises doubts as to those things that he really knows.
Fools follow a wayward path, clothing a well-formed, naked body
But failing to conceal their deformed mind.
The ignorant man who neglects valuable advice
Will cause himself himself his own great misery.
Neither following another's orders nor fathoming himself what to do-
Such a creature causes only pain until he leaves this life.
He who tries to open the eyes of those who will not see is himself
Blind, for the unseeing man sees only the ways of his own mind.
He is deemed an earthly demon who denies as false
What That which the world declares to be true.
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