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Daemon
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Let a fool be made serviceable according to his folly.

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Joseph Conrad
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Joseph Conrad
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Daemon wrote:
Let a fool be made serviceable according to his folly.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)


Yeah. Waste management is an important part of the overall agenda… Right, Joseph?
monamagda
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Context from: Under Western Eyes

Part I

Chapter 3


"A man of ideas--and a man of action too. But you are very deep, Kirylo.
There's no getting to the bottom of your mind. Not for fellows like me.
But we all agreed that you must be preserved for our country. Of that we
have no doubt whatever--I mean all of us who have heard Haldin speak of
you on certain occasions. A man doesn't get the police ransacking his
rooms without there being some devilry hanging over his head.... And
so if you think that it would be better for you to bolt at once...."

Razumov tore himself away and walked down the corridor, leaving the
other motionless with his mouth open. But almost at once he returned
and stood before the amazed Kostia, who shut his mouth slowly. Razumov
looked him straight in the eyes, before saying with marked deliberation
and separating his words--

"I thank--you--very--much."

He went away again rapidly. Kostia, recovering from his surprise at
these manoeuvres, ran up behind him pressingly.

"No! Wait! Listen. I really mean it. It would be like giving your
compassion to a starving fellow. Do you hear, Kirylo? And any disguise
you may think of, that too I could procure from a costumier, a Jew I
know. Let a fool be made serviceable according to his folly. Perhaps
also a false beard or something of that kind may be needed.

"Razumov turned at bay.

"There are no false beards needed in this business, Kostia--you
good-hearted lunatic, you. What do you know of my ideas? My ideas may be
poison to you." The other began to shake his head in energetic protest.

"What have you got to do with ideas? Some of them would make an end
of your dad's money-bags. Leave off meddling with what you don't
understand. Go back to your trotting horses and your girls, and then
you'll be sure at least of doing no harm to anybody, and hardly any to
yourself."

The enthusiastic youth was overcome by this disdain.

Read more : https://www.gutenberg.org/files/2480/2480.txt
InfoSister
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"Let a fool be made serviceable according to his folly."

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

An odd dictum, as who would want to trust a fool to be servicable?
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