Sa'di (or Saadi), pen name of Abū-Muḥammad Muṣliḥ al-Dīn bin Abdallāh Shīrāzī, born Muslih-uddin

Sa'di (or Saadi), pen name of Abū-Muḥammad Muṣliḥ al-Dīn bin Abdallāh Shīrāzī, born Muslih-uddin
c.1184
1291

Persian Poet

Author Quotes

I shall drink with joy the cup of sorrow because my Beloved is the cup-bearer.

The greedy man is not content with a whole world set before him.

If thou covetest riches, ask not but for contentment, which is an immense treasure.

The name of human you cannot retain.

If you have no sympathy for human pain,

The rose and the thorn, and sorrow and gladness are linked together.

Kings need the company of the intelligent far more than the intelligent need the society of kings.

To give pleasure to a single heart by a single kind act is better than a thousand head-bowings in prayer.

Little children do not lie until they are taught to do so.

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

Most of the birds of the Old World can be found here, as Oman is on a strategic route for migrating birds.

Whatever is produced in haste goes hastily to waste.

O wise man, wash your hands of that friend who associates with your enemies.

When the belly is empty, the body becomes spirit; and when it is full, the spirit becomes body.

Obedience is not truly performed by the body, if the heart is dissatisfied.

Whenever you argue with another wiser than yourself in order that others may admire your wisdom, they will discover your ignorance.

A man is insensible to the relish of prosperity till he has tasted adversity.

Oman overall has great animal and plant biodiversity because it has mountains, desert, coastal areas and rich coral reefs.

Whoever acquires knowledge but does not practice it is as one who ploughs but does not sow.

A peace-mingling falsehood is preferable to a mischief-stirring truth.

Oppose kindness to perverseness. The heavy sword will not cut soft silk; by using sweet words and gentleness you may lead an elephant with a hair.

Whoever has his foe at his mercy, and does not kill him, is his own enemy.

Accept for thyself what thou wouldst accept for others.

People are crying up the rich and variegated plumage of the peacock, and he is himself blushing at the sight of his ugly feet.

Whoever has no patience has not wisdom.

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First Name
Sa'di (or Saadi), pen name of Abū-Muḥammad Muṣliḥ al-Dīn bin Abdallāh Shīrāzī, born Muslih-uddin
Birth Date
c.1184
Death Date
1291
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Persian Poet