Gulistan of Saadi
On the Excellence of Contentment
It is narrated in the life of Ardeshir Babekan that he asked an Arab physician how much food he must
consume daily. He replied: ‘The weight of one hundred dirhems will be enough.’ The king queried:
‘What strength will this quantity give me?’ He replied: ‘This quantity will carry thee, and whatever is
more than that, thou wilt be the carrier of it.’
Eating is for living and praying.
Thou thinkest living is for eating.