Addressing a gathering with poor scholarship Is like playing dice without a board. An illiterate's lust for words is like the lust of a woman Who has neither of her breasts. Even a fool is fine If he can hold his tongue before the wise! The learned will not acknowledge An ignoramus' occasional knowledge. An unlettered man's conceit will find its end When the occasion for speech arrives. The ignorant are like barren land: They are there, but useless. A handsome man without subtle and sharp intellect Has the beauty of a mud-doll. The wealth of the ignorant does more harm Than the want of the learned. The ignorant, however high-born, Is lower than the low-born learned. Amid scholars of celebrated works, Are others like beasts among men.