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MOSLIH EDDIN (MUSLIH-UN-DIN) SAADI (SADI)
Persian poet
(1184 - 1291)
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The covetous map explores the whole world in pursuit of a subsistence, and fate is close at his heels.
      - [Covetousness]

The heart is like a musical instrument of many strings, all the chords of which require putting in harmony.
      - [Heart]

The sea does not contain all the pearls, the earth does not enclose all the treasures, and the flint-stone does not inclose all the diamonds, since the head of man encloses wisdom.
      - [Wisdom]

The true disciple should aim to live for the gospel, rather than to die for it.
      - [Gospel]

The wise man tells not what he knows. It is not prudent to sport with one's head by revealing the king's secrets.
      - [Secrecy]

They ask Lucman, the fabulist, From whom did you learn manners? He answered: From the unmannerly.
      - [Manners]

They asked Lucman the fabulist, From whom did you learn manners? He answered, From the unmannerly.
      - [Example]

To tell a falsehood is like the cut of a sabre; for though the wound may heal, the scar of it will remain.
      - [Falsehood]

To use the hands in making quicklime into mortar is better than to cross them on the breast in attendance on a prince.
      - [Servitude]

Virtue is in the mind, not in the appearance.
      - [Virtue]

Virtue pardons the wicked, as the sandal-tree perfumes the axe which strikes it.
      - [Pardon]

When a man appreciates only eating and sleeping, what excellence has he over the reptiles?
      - [Excellence]

When a mean wretch cannot vie with another in virtue, out of his wickedness he begins to slander. The abject envious wretch will slander the virtuous man when absent, but when brought face to face his loquacious tongue becomes dumb.
      - [Slander]

When the ruler is obedient to God, God is his protector and friend.
      - [Obedience]

When thou seest thine enemy in trouble, curl not thy whiskers in contempt; for in every bone there is marrow, and within every jacket there is a man.
      - [Benevolence]

When you see discord amongst the troops of your enemy, be of good courage; but if they are united, then be upon your guard. When you see contention amongst your enemies, go and sit at ease with your friends; but when you see them of one mind, string your bow, and place stones upon the ramparts.
      - [Enemies]

Whenever you argue with another wiser than yourself, in order that others may admire your wisdom, they will discover your ignorance. When one imagines a discourse better than yourself, although you may be fully informed, yet do not start objections.
      - [Argument]

Where the hand of tyranny is long we do not see the lips of men open with laughter.
      - [Tyranny]

Wherever the tree of beneficence takes root, it sends forth branches beyond the sky!
      - [Charity]

Whosoever formeth an intimacy with the enemies of his friends, does so to injure the latter. O wise man! wash your hands of that friend who associates with your enemies.
      - [Enemies]

If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft,
  And from thy slender store two loaves alone to thee are left,
    Sell one, and with the dole
      Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul.
      - Gulistan (Garden of Roses) [Hyacinths]

Who eat their corn while yet 'tis green
  At the true harvest can but glean.
      - Gulistan (Garden of Roses) [Harvest]

The rose and thorn, the treasure and dragon, joy and sorrow, all mingle into one.
      - The Gulistan (ch. VII, apologue 21),
        (Ross' translation) [Comparison]


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