Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Good Counsel

Tutor not thyself in science; go to masters for perfection;
Also speak thy thoughts aloud.
Whoso in the glass beholdeth nought besides how own reflection
Bides both ignorant and proud.

Study not in one book only: bee-like, rather, at a hundred
Sources gather honeyed lore:
Thou art else that helpless bird which, when her nest has once been plundered,
Ne'er can build another more.

Translated from the Turkish by James Clarence Mangan (1803-49)

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