Gulistan of Saadi | On the Excellence of Contentment | Story 8

Gulistan of Saadi | On the Excellence of Contentment | Story 8

Gulistan of Saadi

On the Excellence of Contentment

 Story 8

 

One of the philosophers forbade his son to eat much because repletion keeps people ailing. The boy
replied: ‘O father, it is a hunger that kills. Hast thou not heard of the maxim of the ingenious that it is
better to die satiated than to bear hunger?’ He rejoined: ‘Be moderate. Eat and drink but not to excess.’

Eat not so much that it comes up to thy mouth
Nor so little that from weakness thy soul comes up.

Although maintenance of life depends upon food
Victuals bring on the disease when eaten to excess.
If thou eatest rose-confectionery without appetite it injures thee
But eating dry bread after a long fast is like rose-preserve.

 

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