Gulistan of Saadi
The Manners of Kings
A company of philosophers were discussing a subject in the palace of Kesra and Barzachumihr,
having remained silent, they asked him why he took no share in the debate. He replied: ‘Veziers are
like physicians and the latter give medicine to the sick only but, as I perceive that your opinions are in
conformity with propriety, I have nothing to say about them.’
When an affair succeeds without my idle talk
It is not meet for me to speak thereon.
But if I see a blind man near a well
It is a crime for me to remain silent.