Hast-o-Neest Institute of Traditional Studies & Arts
Thursday, March 18, 2010
A Sharp-Toothed Wolf May Become Audacious
Shaykh Saadi Shirazi (1184-1283)
I heard that a dervish, burning in the fire of poverty and sewing
patch upon patch, said to comfort his mind:
'We are contented with dry bread and a patched
For it is easier to bear the load of one's own trouble
than that of thanks to others.'
Who sold abstinence, knowledge and piety
Filled a granary but burnt it clean away.
Severity and mildness together are best
Like a bleeder who is a surgeon and also applies a
A wise man uses neither severity to excess
Nor mildness; for it lessens his authority.
He neither exalts himself too much
Nor exposes himself at once to contempt.
A youth said to his father: 'O wise man,
Give me for instruction one advice like an aged
He said: 'Be kind but not to such a degree
That a sharp-toothed wolf may become audacious.'
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