(1184-1291), Persian poet
The beloved of the Almighty are the rich who have the humility of the poor, and the poor who have the magnanimity of the rich.
Take warning by the misfortunes of others, that others may not take example from you.
Let him who neglects to raise the fallen, fear lest, when he falls, no one will stretch out his hand to lift him up.
The rose and the thorn, and sorrow and gladness are linked together.
That which is not allotted the hand cannot reach; and what is allotted you will find wherever you may be.
O wise man, wash your hands of that friend who associates with your enemies.
The telling of a falsehood is like the cut of a sabre; for though the wound may heal, the scar of it will remain.
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.
Independence is of more value than any gifts; and to receive gifts is to lose it.—Men most commonly seek to oblige thee only that they may engage thee to serve them.
I fear God, and next to God I chiefly fear him who fears him not.
He who is a slave to his belly seldom worships God.
The beloved of the Almighty are the rich who have the humility of the poor, and the poor who have the magnanimitv of the rich.
Nothing is so good for an ignorant man as silence; and if he was sensible of this he would not be ignorant.
A wise man in the company of those who are ignorant, has been compared to a beautiful girl in the company of blind men.
A grateful dog is better than an ungrateful man.
He who learns, and makes no use of his learning, is a beast of burden with a load of books.—Does the ass comprehend whether he carries on his back a library or a bundle of faggots?
He who is intoxicated with wine will be sober again in the course of the night, but he who is intoxicated by the cupbearer will not recover his senses until the day of judgment.
An enemy to whom you show kindness becomes your friend, excepting lust, the indulgence of which increases its enmity.
Obedience is not truly performed by the body, if the heart is dissatisfied.
Were the king at noonday to say, "This day is night," it would behoove us to reply, "Lo! there are the moon and seven stars!"
Nothing is so good for an ignorant man as silence; if he were sensible of this he would not be ignorant.
God gives sleep to the bad, in order that the good may be undisturbed.
A traveller without observation is a bird without wings.
A little and a little, collected together, become a great deal; the heap in the barn consists of single grains, and drop and drop make the inundation.
He who learns the rules of wisdom without conforming to them in his life is like a man who ploughs in his field but does not sow.
A handsome woman is a jewel; a good woman is a treasure.