Gulistan of Saadi
On the Excellence of Contentment
A grain dealer to whom Sufis were owing some money asked them for it every day in the town of
Waset and used harsh language towards them. The companions had become weary of his reproaches
but had no other remedy than to bear them; and one of them who was a pious man remarked: ‘It is
more easy to pacify a hungry stomach with promises of food than a grain dealer with promises of
It is preferable to be without the bounty of a gentleman
Than to bear the insults of the gate-keepers.
It is better to die wishing for meat
Than to endure the expostulations of butchers.