Talented people do not show off, but half-baked ones do.
I heard a story about genius Tamil poet Bharati.
Bharati went to a zoo with his wife. He saw a lion inside a cage and asked the watchman, “Can I shake hands with the lion?”
“Why the heck do you want to do that for?” asked the baffled guard.
“It is because he is the King of the Jungle and I am a King of Poems. Protocol demands that kings shake hands,” replied Bharati humorously.
“Wait, let me pray to God to give good sense to the lion,” pitched in his wife.
While most such men of intellect are simple souls, some gain pleasure insulting others.
One egoistic philosopher wanted to prove his knowledge to a shepherd.
Pointing his finger at a lit-up candle, he asked, “Do you know where this fire comes from.”
The shepherd instantly blew out the fire and replied, “Tell me where the fire has gone now and I will tell you where it came from.”