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The Devil's Dictionary

by Ambrose Bierce
EPITAPH
ESOTERIC

ERUDITION

-n.

Dust shaken out of a book into an empty skull.

 So wide his erudition's mighty span,
He knew Creation's origin and plan
And only came by accident to grief —
He thought, poor man, 'twas right to be a thief.

- Romach Pute