Gulistan of Saadi
On the Excellence of Contentment
I have seen a fat fool, dressed in a costly robe, with a turban of Egyptian linen on his head, riding on
an Arab horse. Someone said: ‘Saadi, what thinkest thou of this famous brocade upon this ignorant
animal?’ I replied: ‘It is like ugly characters scrawled with gold water.’
Verily he is like an ass among men,
A calf, a body which is bleating.
This animal cannot be said to resemble a man
Except in his cloak, turban and outward adornment.
Examine all his property and belongings of his estate
Thou wilt find nothing lawful to take except his blood.
If a noble man becomes impoverished imagine not
That his high worth will also decrease.
But if into a silver threshold golden nails are driven
By a Jew, think not that he will thereby become noble.