Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

piglet

This little piggy has more important things to do

“Ira, when you skin a man, you have to let him recuperate and grow more hide – or he gets nervous. If you respect this simple rule, a real mark can be skinned over and over again, and it just keeps him healthy and productive. But Sandy was too greedy for that; he lacked patience.”

“Lazarus, you sound as if you had great experience in this art.”

“Now, Ira – a little respect, please. I have never swindled a man. At most I kept quiet and let him swindle himself. This does no harm, as a fool cannot be protected from his folly. If you attempt to do so, you will not only arouse his animosity but also you will be attempting to deprive him of whatever benefit he is capable of deriving from experience. Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.”


by Robert A. Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988)
from Time Enough for Love
Prelude II
image – laihiu for a Cambodian community support project

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2 Responses to “Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.”

  1. clarissa mcfairy Says:

    Great wisdom there …..and I love the expression on the piggy’s face, as well as the caption!

  2. smoothy Says:

    I’ll bear that in mind lol

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