The Laws of Ducks by Ken Fussichen, 1998
Duck Law No. 1 -
If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, looks like a duck & cooks like a duck, it's a duck.
Restatement: All things are known by their attributes.
Duck Law No. 2 -
Even under ideal circumstances, no duck, no matter how noble or well-intentioned, can be an eagle.
Restatement: All things must be what they are.
Duck Law No. 3 -
A duck can pretend to be an eagle except in times of adversity.
Restatement: Pretense and adversity are inversely proportional; adversity reveals the true nature of all things.
Duck Law No 4 -
No duck may be an eagle until it abandons its webbed feet and bill for talons and a beak.
Restatement: All things remain as they are until the attributes that define them are abandoned. Then, and only then, can they evolve.
Duck Law No. 5 -
Ducks are noble creatures. They shall not be penalized in the eyes of other creatures because they are not eagles.
Restatement: All things are honorable if they are what they are honestly, even if they are different from you.
Duck Law No. 6 -
The greatest duck that ever was cannot fly as high as even a modest eagle.
Restatement: If one would soar with eagles, do not swim with ducks.
Duck Law No. 7 -
Ducks flock. Eagles fly alone. Ducks and eagles never mingle.
Restatement: Choose company wisely.
Duck Law No. 8 -
A duck's quack doesn't echo. No one knows why.
Restatement: Sometimes there is no answer.
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