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MOSLIH EDDIN (MUSLIH-UN-DIN) SAADI (SADI)
Persian poet
(1184 - 1291)
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A friend whom you have been gaining during your whole life, you ought not to be displeased with in a moment. A stone is many years becoming a ruby; take care that you do not destroy it in an instant against another stone.
      - [Friends]

A handsome woman is a jewel; a good woman is a treasure.
      - [Beauty]

A little, and a little, collected together become a great deal; the heap in the barn consists of single grains, and drop and drop from an inundation.
      - [Trifles]

A man of virtue, judgment, and prudence speaks not until there is silence.
      - [Wisdom]

A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.
      - [Travel]

A wise man in the company of those who are ignorant has been compared by the sages to a beautiful girl in the company of blind men.
      - [Ignorance]

An enemy to whom you show kindness becomes your friend, excepting lust, the indulgence of which increases its enmity.
      - [Lust]

Avoid that which an enemy tells you to do; for if you follow his advice, you will smite your, knees with the hand of sorrow. If he shows you a road straight as an arrow, turn from it and go the other way.
      - [Enemies]

Be generous, and pleasant-tempered, and forgiving; even as God scatter favors over thee, do thou scatter over the people.
      - [Benevolence]

Be not in the desire of thine own ease.
      - [Selfishness]

But for the cravings of the belly not a bird would have fallen into the snare; nay, nay, the fowler would not have spread his net. The belly is chains to the hands and fetters to the feet. He who is a slave to his belly seldom worships God.
      - [Gluttony]

Capacity without education is deplorable, and education without capacity is thrown away.
      - [Education]

Fear not the proud and the haughty; fear rather him who fears God.
      - [Fear]

Forgiveness is commendable, but apply not ointment to the wound of an oppressor.
      - [Forgiveness]

God gives sleep to the bad, in order that the good may be undisturbed.
      - [Sleep]

God preserve us! If men knew what is done in secret, no one would be free from the interference of others.
      - [Secrecy]

Great God, have pity on the wicked, for thou didst everything for the good, when thou madest them good!
      - [Wickedness]

He who learns and makes no use of his learning, is a beast of burden, with a load of books.
      - [Learning]

He who learns the rules of wisdom, without conforming to them in his life, is like a man who labored in his fields, but did not sow.
      - [Wisdom]

He who, when he hath the power, doeth not good, when he loses the means will suffer distress. There is not a more unfortunate wretch than the oppressor; for in the day of adversity nobody is his friend.
      - [Oppression]

Hunger is a cloud out of which falls a rain of eloquence and knowledge; when the belly is empty, the body becomes spirit; when it is full, the spirit becomes body.
      - [Appetite]

I fear God, and next to God, I chiefly fear him who fears Him not.
      - [God]

I have often found a small stream at its fountain-head, that, when followed up, carried away the camel with his load.
      - [Habit]

If thou art of elephant-strength or of lion-claw, still peace is, in my opinion, better than strife.
      - [Strife]

If thou art wise, incline to truth; for truth, not the semblance, remains in its place.
      - [Truth]


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