Saadi Shirazi
Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life – Story 02 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life – Story 02 by Saadi Shirazi

A great man having been asked why he wore his seal-ring on his left hand, whereas the right possesses so much excellence, replied: ‘Knowest thou not that the meritorious are ...

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Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life – Maxim 82 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life – Maxim 82 by Saadi Shirazi

Two men died, bearing away their grief. One had possessed wealth and not enjoyed it, the other knowledge and not practised it. No one sees an excellent but avaricious man ...

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Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life – Caution 03 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life – Caution 03 by Saadi Shirazi

A weak man trying to show his prowess off against a strong one only aids his foe to encompass his own destruction. What strength has one brought up in the shade To go against ...

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Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story 05 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story 05 by Saadi Shirazi

Galenus saw a fool hanging on with his hands to the collar of a learned man and insulting him, whereon he said: ‘If he were learned he would not have come to this pass with an ...

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Ch 02 The Morals Of Dervishes Story 22 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 02 The Morals Of Dervishes Story 22 by Saadi Shirazi

It is related that a hermit consumed during one night ten mann of food and perused the whole Quran till morning. A pious fellow who had heard of this said: ‘It would have been ...

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Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 15 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 15 by Saadi Shirazi

A vezier, who had been removed from his post, entered the circle of dervishes and the blessing of their society took such effect upon him that he became contented in his mind. ...

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Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 14 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 14 by Saadi Shirazi

One of the ancient kings neglected the government of his realm and kept the army in distress. Accordingly the whole of it ran away when a powerful enemy appeared. If he ...

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Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 19 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 19 by Saadi Shirazi

It is related that, whilst some game was being roasted for Nushirvan the just during a hunting party, no salt could be found. Accordingly a boy was sent to an adjoining village to ...

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Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 10 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 10 by Saadi Shirazi

I was constantly engaged in prayer, at the head of the prophetYahia's tomb in the cathedral mosque of Damascus, when one of the Arabkings, notorious for his injustice, happened to ...

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Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 26 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 26 by Saadi Shirazi

It is narrated that a tyrant who purchased wood from dervishes forcibly gave it away to rich -people gratuitously. A pious man passing near said: "Thou art a snake, ...

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Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 08 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 08 by Saadi Shirazi

Hormuzd, being asked what fault the veziers of his father hadcommitted that he imprisoned them, replied: 'I discovered no fault.I saw that boundless awe of me had taken root in ...

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Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 21 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 21 by Saadi Shirazi

It is narrated that an oppressor of the people, a soldier, hit the head of a pious man with a stone and that the dervish, having no means of taking vengeance, preserved the stone ...

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Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 22 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 22 by Saadi Shirazi

A king was subject to a terrible disease, the mention of which is not sanctioned by custom. The tribe of Yunani physicians agreed that this pain cannot be allayed except by means ...

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Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 09 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 09 by Saadi Shirazi

An Arab king was sick in his state of decrepitude so that allhopes of life were cut off. A trooper entered the gate with the goodnews that a certain fort had been conquered by the ...

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Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life – Maxim 13 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life – Maxim 13 by Saadi Shirazi

When all the artifices of an enemy have failed he shakes the chain of friendship, and thereon performs acts of friendship which no enemy is able to do.

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Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 25 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 25 by Saadi Shirazi

One of the Arab kings ordered his officials to double the allowance of a certain attendant because he was always at the palace expecting orders while the other servants were ...

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Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 02 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 02 by Saadi Shirazi

One of the kings of Khorasan had a vision in a dream of SultanMahmud, one hundred years after his death. His whole person appearedto have been dissolved and turned to dust, except ...

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Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 04 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 04 by Saadi Shirazi

A band of Arab brigands having taken up their position on the top ofa mountain and closed the passage of caravans, the inhabitants ofthe country were distressed by their ...

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Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 27 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 27 by Saadi Shirazi

A man had attained great excellence in the art of wrestling, who knew three hundred and sixty exquisite tricks and daily exhibited something new. He had a particular affection for ...

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Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 16 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 16 by Saadi Shirazi

One of my friends complained of the unpropitious times, telling me that he had a slender income, a large family, without strength to bear the load of poverty and had often ...

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Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 20 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 20 by Saadi Shirazi

I heard that an oppressor ruined the habitations of the subjects to fill the treasury of the sultan, unmindful of the maxim of philosophers, who have said: "Who offends God the ...

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Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 03 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 03 by Saadi Shirazi

I have heard that a royal prince of short stature and mean presence,whose brothers were tall and good-looking, once saw his fatherglancing on him with aversion and contempt but he ...

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Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 01 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 01 by Saadi Shirazi

I heard a padshah giving orders to kill a prisoner. The helplessfellow began to insult the king on that occasion of despair, withthe tongue he had, and to use foul expressions ...

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Ch 03 On The Excellence Of Contentment Story 02 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 03 On The Excellence Of Contentment Story 02 by Saadi Shirazi

Two sons of amirs were in Egypt, the one acquiring science, the other accumulating wealth, till the former became the ullemma of the period and the other the prince of Egypt; ...

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Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life – Admonition 01 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life – Admonition 01 by Saadi Shirazi

The amity of princes and the sweet voice of children are not to be trusted, because the former is changed by fancy and the latter in the course of one night. Give not thy ...

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Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life – Maxim 36 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life – Maxim 36 by Saadi Shirazi

Even after falling into mud a jewel retains its costliness, and dust, although it may rise into the sky, is as contemptible as before. Capacity without education is deplorable and ...

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Ch 05 On Love And Youth Story 19 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 05 On Love And Youth Story 19 by Saadi Shirazi

A king of the Arabs, having been informed of the relations subsisting between Laila and Mejnun, with an account of the latter’s insanity, to the effect that he had in spite of his ...

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Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 30 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 30 by Saadi Shirazi

A padshah having issued orders to kill an innocent man, the latter said: ‘"O king, seek not thine own injury on account of the anger thou bearest towards me." He asked: "How?" The ...

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Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story 09 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story 09 by Saadi Shirazi

I was hesitating in the conclusion of a bargain for the purchase of a house when a Jew said: ‘Buy it for I am one of the landholders of this ward. Ask me for a description of the ...

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Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 18 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 18 by Saadi Shirazi

A royal prince, having inherited abundant treasures from his father, opened the hand of liberality and satisfied his impulse of generosity by lavishing without stint benefits upon ...

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Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 06 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 06 by Saadi Shirazi

It is narrated that one of the kings of Persia had stretched forthhis tyrannical hand to the possessions of his subjects and had begunto oppress them so violently that in ...

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Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 17 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 17 by Saadi Shirazi

Several men were in my company whose external appearance displayed the adornment of piety. A great man who had conceived a very good opinion of these persons had assigned them a ...

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Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 24 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 24 by Saadi Shirazi

King Zuzan had a khajah of noble sentiments and of good aspect who served his companions when they were present and spoke well of them when they were absent. He happened to do ...

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Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 13 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 13 by Saadi Shirazi

I heard a king, who had changed night into day by pleasures, saying in his drunkenness: "We have in the world no moment more delightful than this, Because I care neither ...

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Ch 02 The Morals Of Dervishes Story 49 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 02 The Morals Of Dervishes Story 49 by Saadi Shirazi

A sage having been asked whether liberality or bravery is better replied: ‘He who possesses liberality needs no bravery.’ It is written on the tomb of Behram Gur: ‘A ...

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Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 12 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 12 by Saadi Shirazi

An unjust king asked a devotee what kind of worship is best? He replied: "For thee the best is to sleep one half of the day so as not to injure the people for a while." I ...

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Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story 03 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story 03 by Saadi Shirazi

An intelligent youth possessed an abundant share of accomplishments and discreet behaviour so that he was allowed to sit in assemblies of learned men but he refrained from ...

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Ch 05 On Love And Youth Story 01 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 05 On Love And Youth Story 01 by Saadi Shirazi

Hasan Maimundi was asked that, as the Sultan Mahmud possesses so many beautiful slaves, each of whom is a marvel in the world, how it happens that he manifests towards none of ...

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Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story 08 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story 08 by Saadi Shirazi

Several officials of Sultan Mahmud asked Hasan Muimandi one day what the sultan had told him about a certain affair. He replied: ‘You must yourselves have heard it.’ They ...

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Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life – Maxim 49 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life – Maxim 49 by Saadi Shirazi

An envious man is avaricious with the wealth of God and hates the guiltless as foes. I saw a crackbrained little man, Reviling a possessor of dignity, ...

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Ch 05 On Love And Youth Story 06 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 05 On Love And Youth Story 06 by Saadi Shirazi

I remember that one night a dear friend of mine entered when I jumped up in such a heedless way that the lamp was extinguished by my sleeve. A vision appeared in the night and by ...

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Ch 02 The Morals Of Dervishes Story 06 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 02 The Morals Of Dervishes Story 06 by Saadi Shirazi

A hermit, being the guest of a padshah, ate less than he wished when sitting at dinner and when he rose for prayers he prolonged them more than was his wont in order to enhance ...

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Ch 05 On Love And Youth Story 17 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 05 On Love And Youth Story 17 by Saadi Shirazi

In the year when Muhammad Khovarezm Shah concluded peace with the king of Khata to suit his own purpose, I entered the cathedral mosque of Kashgar and saw an extremely handsome, ...

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Ch 06 On Weakness And Old Age Story 02 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 06 On Weakness And Old Age Story 02 by Saadi Shirazi

It is related that an old man, having married a girl, was sitting with her privately in an apartment adorned with roses, fixing his eyes and heart upon her. He did not sleep ...

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Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life – Maxim 39 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life – Maxim 39 by Saadi Shirazi

Intellect may become captive to lust like a weak man in the hands of an artful woman. Bid farewell to pleasure in a house Where the shouting of a woman is loud.

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Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life – Maxim 27 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life – Maxim 27 by Saadi Shirazi

If every night were to be the night of Qadr, the night of Qadr would be without Qadr. If all stones were rubies of Badakhshan, The price of rubies and of stones would be ...

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Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life – Maxim 19 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life – Maxim 19 by Saadi Shirazi

Life is in the keeping of a single breath and the world is an existence between two annihilations. Those who sell the religion for the world ‘are asses’, they sell Joseph but what ...

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Ch 03 On The Excellence Of Contentment Story 16 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 03 On The Excellence Of Contentment Story 16 by Saadi Shirazi

Moses, to whom be salutation, beheld a dervish who had on account of his nudity concealed himself in the sand exclaiming: ‘O Moses, utter a supplication to God the most high to ...

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Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 31 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 31 by Saadi Shirazi

The veziers of Nushirvan happened to discuss an important affair of state, each giving his opinion according to his knowledge. The king likewise gave his opinion and Barzachumihr ...

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Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life – Maxim 47 by Saadi Shirazi

Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life – Maxim 47 by Saadi Shirazi

What is not placed cannot be reached by the hand and whatever is placed will be reached wherever it is. Hast thou heard that Alexander went into the darkness And ...

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