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"A book-carrying donkey"


In Jewish law, someone who is a gifted scholar but does not behave properly is considered a despicable human being. 

The Talmud calls a person who is merely erudite "a book-carrying donkey,” or "a basket full of books." 

Carrying books rather than, say, straw, does not make a donkey any less a donkey.

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
From an essay, "On Character Education" by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz