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Nothing is so good for an ignorant man as silence; and if he was sensible of this he would not be ignorant.
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 bad fortune of the good turns their faces up to heaven; the good fortune of the bad bows their heads down to the earth.
Whenever you argue with another wiser than yourself in order that others may admire your wisdom, they will discover your ignorance.
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.
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.
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.
Nothing is so good for an ignorant man as silence and if he was sensible of this he would not be ignorant.
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.