The Mangy Parrot 4

The silliest thing some parents do is to make their son become a lawyer or a priest by brute force, even when he has no vocation for such a career, nor any talent for letters: a baneful process, whose pernicious effects are daily bemoaned when we see all these paper-pushing lawyers, murderous doctors, and ignorant, dissolute priests.

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This Supreme Being is certainly the one and only true omniscient, for He is the one and only one who truly knows everything that can be known; and in this sense, admitting another man to be omniscient would be to admit another God, an absurdity far from the minds of even those who honor the profound Leibniz with this pompous title.

*****

Donkeys enter the colleges and universities every day to deliver loads of coal or stone, and when they leave, they are still the same dumb brutes they were when they entered.

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Right was Terence to say that mothers abet their children’s wickedness and obstruct the fathers who would correct them.

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From the way I began, you will see that I was completely depraved. And so I went on to study philosophy.

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