Gulistan of Saadi
On the Excellence of Contentment
It is related that a sultan thus addressed a miserly beggar who had accumulated great riches: ‘It is
evident that thou possessest boundless wealth and we have an affair on hand in which thou canst aid
us by way of a loan. When the finances of the country are in a flourishing condition it will be repaid.’
The miser replied: ‘It is not befitting the power and dignity of a padshah to soil the hands of his noble
aspirations with the property of an individual like myself who has collected it grain by grain.’ The
king replied: ‘It does not matter because the money will be spent upon infidels: The wicked women
should be joined to the wicked men.”
If the water of a Christian’s well is impure
What matters it if thou washest a dead Jew therein?
They said: ‘The lime-mortar is not clean.’
We replied: ‘We shall plug therewith the privy holes.”
I heard that he refused to comply with the behest of the king, began to argue and to look insolently;
whereon the king ordered the sum in question to be released from his grasp by force and with a
If an affair cannot be accomplished with gentleness
He forsooth turns his head to impudence.
Who has no regard for himself
It is proper that no one should pay him any.