Gulistan of Saadi | On the Advantages of Silence | Story 3

Gulistan of Saadi

On the Advantages of Silence

 Story 3

 

An intelligent youth possessed an abundant share of accomplishments and discreet behavior so that
he was allowed to sit in assemblies of learned men but he refrained from conversing with them. His
father once asked him why he did not likewise speak on subjects he was acquainted with. He replied:
‘I fear I may be asked what I do not know and be put to shame.’

Hast thou heard how a Sufi drove
A few nails under his sandals
And an officer taking him by the sleeve
Said to him: ‘Come and shoe my horse.’

For what thou hast not said no one will trouble thee
But when thou hast spoken bring the proof.

 

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