The finest pear tree in the world could not bear the commonest apples

pear or apple blossoms

But is it a pear tree, or an apple?

God has put different kinds of talents in man, as he has planted different kinds of trees in nature, and so every talent, like each tree, has its peculiar properties and effects. Thus the finest pear tree in the world could not bear the commonest apples, and the most excellent talent could not produce the same effects as the most commonplace; and thus again it is as ridiculous to want to write maxims if you have not the seed within you as to expect a flower-bed to produce tulips if no bulbs have been planted.

by François de La Rochefoucauld (15 September 1613 – 17 March 1680)
from his Maxims
#505
image – Mrs. Gemstone

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