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

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.

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

Purpose without power is weakness; power without purpose is fatuity.

Whoever interrupts the conversation of others to make a display of his fund of knowledge, makes notorious his own stock of ignorance.

Do good even to the wicked; it is as well to shut a dog's mouth with a crumb.

Reveal not every secret you have to a friend, for how can you tell but that friend may hereafter become an enemy. And bring not all mischief you are able to upon an enemy, for he may one day become your friend.

Words without action are void of substance.

Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.

Roam abroad in the world, and take thy fill of its enjoyments before the day shall come when thou must quit it for good.

He who is a slave to his stomach seldom worships God.

That which is not allotted the hand cannot reach; what is allotted you will find wherever you may be.

I never complained of the vicissitudes of fortune ... except once when my feet were bare, and I had not the means of obtaining shoes. I came to the state of Kufah in a state of dejection, and there saw a man who had no feet.

The beloved of the Almighty are the rich who have the humility of the poor, and the poor who have the magnanimity of the rich.

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.

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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
Bio

Persian Poet