Gulistan of Saadi
On Love and Youth
One of the ulema had been asked that, supposing one sits with a moon-faced beauty in a private
apartment, the doors being closed, companions asleep, passion inflamed, and lust raging, as the Arab
says, the date is ripe and its guardian not forbidding, whether he thought the power of abstinence
would cause the man to remain in safety. He replied: ‘If he remains in safety from the moon-faced
one, he will not remain safe from evil speakers.’
If a man escapes from his own bad lust
He will not escape from the bad suspicions of accusers.
It is proper to sit down to one’s own work
But it is impossible to bind the tongues of men.