The Parable of the Sower
A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seeds, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Some fell on rocky places, where there was not much soil. They sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seeds fell among thorns, which grew and choked the plants. Still other seeds fell on good soil, where they produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. He who has ears, let him hear.
Message: Help those who deserve it. Don’t waste your time and energy on teaching fools.
Source: “Mastering Essay & Answer Writing for UPSC Civil Services IAS/ IPS & State PSC Main Exam” by Dr Awdhesh Singh, available at