Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story 05

Galenus saw a fool hanging on with his hands to the collar of a learned man and insulting him, whereon he said: ‘If he were learned he would not have come to this pass with an ignorant man.’

  Two wise men do not contend and quarrel
  Nor does a scholar fight with a contemptible fellow.
  If an ignorant man in his rudeness speaks harshly
  An intelligent man tenderly reconciles his heart.
  Two pious men keep a hair between them untorn
  And so does a mild with a headstrong man.
  If however both sides are fools
  If there be a chain they will snap it.
  An ill-humoured man insulted someone.
  He bore it and replied: ‘O man of happy issue,
  I am worse than thou canst say that I am
  Because I know thou art not aware of my faults as I am.

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