(Translated by Arthur Waley in 1918)
Families, when a child is born
Want it to be intelligent.
I, through intelligence,
Having wrecked my whole life,
Only hope the baby will prove
Ignorant and stupid.
Then he will crown a tranquil life
By becoming a Cabinet Minister.
(From the Oxford Book of Quotations, page 524. No.1)
(contributed by The Ecphorizer Staff)