Saadi

Abū-Muhammad Muslih al-Dīn bin Abdallāh Shīrāzī, Saadi Shirazi better known by his pen-name as Saʿdī or simply Saadi, was one of the major Persian poets of the medieval period.

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I fear God and next to God I mostly fear them that fear him not.
Reveal not every secret you have to a friend, for how can you tell but that friend may hereafter become an enemy. And bring not all mischief you are able to upon an enemy, for he may one day become your friend.
Whoever acquires knowledge but does not practice it is as one who ploughs but does not sow.
A little and a little, collected together, become a great deal; the heap in the barn consists of single grains, and drop and drop makes an inundation.
A little and a little, collected together, becomes a great deal; the heap in the barn consists of single grains, and drop and drop make the inundation.
A man is insensible to the relish of prosperity until he has tasted adversity.
From the Gulistan Be not over much angry with thy slave; Treat him not unjustly, and pain not his feelings. True, thou mayst have bought him for ten direms; But 'twas not by thy power that he was created. There is a tradition of the Prophet--peace be upon him!--that on the day of the resurrection the greatest grief will be when the pious slave is carried to Paradise, and his worthless master is borne away to Hell.
Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.
He who is a slave to his stomach seldom worships God.
How do I get to Carnegie Hall? Practice. Practice. Practice.
It's no virtue to gain the whole world. Just gain the heart of one person.
Nothing is so good for an ignorant man as silence and if he was sensible of this he would not be ignorant.
Nothing is so good for an ignorant man as silence; and if he was sensible of this he would not be ignorant.
O wise man, wash your hands of that friend who associates with your enemies.
Roam abroad in the world, and take thy fill of its enjoyments before the day shall come when thou must quit it for good.
The bad fortune of the good turns their faces up to heaven; the good fortune of the bad bows their heads down to the earth.
The best loved by God are those that are rich, yet have the humility of the poor, and those that are poor and have the magnanimity of the rich.
The rose and the thorn, and sorrow and gladness are linked together.
Whatever is produced in haste goes hastily to waste.
When the belly is empty, the body becomes spirit; and when it is full, the spirit becomes body.
Whenever you argue with another wiser than yourself in order that others may admire your wisdom, they will discover your ignorance.

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