Yāvajīvampi ce bālo, paṇḍitaṃ payirupāsati,
Na so dhammaṃ vijānāti
dabbī sūparasaṃ yathā.
Though all one’s life a fool associates with a wise person,
one no more comprehends the Truth
than a spoon tastes the flavor of the soup.
The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom,
translated from the Pali by Acharya Buddharakkhita