Saadi Quotes

A man of virtue, judgment, and prudence speaks not until there is silence.
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Obedience is not truly performed by the body of him whose heart is dissatisfied. The shell without a kernel is not fit for store.
-Saadi

 

If thou art wise, incline to truth; for truth, not the semblance, remains in its place.
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Of journeying the benefits are many: the freshness it bringeth to the heart, the seeing and hearing of marvelous things, the delight of beholding new cities, the meeting of unknown friends, and the learning of high manners.
-Saadi

 

That knave preserves the pearl in his purse who considers all people purse-cuts.
-Saadi

 

He will deal harshly by a stranger who has not been himself often a traveller or stranger.
-Saadi

 

Oh God, I say not hear my prayers! I say: Blot with forgiving pen my sins away!
-Saadi

 

So long as money can answer, it were wrong in any business to put the life in danger.
-Saadi

 

No reliance can be placed on the friendship of kings, nor vain hope put in the melodious voice of boys; for that passes away like a vision, and this vanishes like a dream.
-Saadi

 

None can be so true to your secret as yourself.
-Saadi

 

A peace-mingling falsehood is preferable to a mischief-stirring truth.
-Saadi

 

A little beauty is preferable to much wealth.
-Saadi

 

The rose and thorn, the treasure and dragon, joy and sorrow, all mingle into one.
-Saadi

 

If a piece of worthless stone can bruise a cup of gold, its worth is not increased, nor that of the gold diminished.
-Saadi

 

Be not so severe as to cause shyness, nor so clement as to encourage boldness.
-Saadi

 

The stranger has no friend, unless it be a stranger.
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Use a sweet tongue, courtesy, and gentleness, and thou mayest manage to guide an elephant by a hair.
-Saadi

 

 

All is going well so far. There are some remarks here and there and there are some complaints here and there but we expect to resolve those questions or complaints Sunday and the next day.
-Saadi

 

Do to me, O Allah, what is worthy of Thee; And not what is worthy of me.
-Saadi

 

If thou covetest riches, ask not but for contentment, which is an immense treasure.
-Saadi

 

Every person thinks his own intellect perfect, and his own child handsome.
-Saadi

When the ruler is obedient to God, God is his protector and friend.
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If wisdom was to cease throughout the world, no one would suspect himself of ignorance.
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The sea does not contain all the pearls, the earth does not enclose all the treasures, and the flint-stone does not inclose all the diamonds, since the head of man encloses wisdom.
-Saadi

 

Independence is of more value than any gifts; and to receive gifts is to lose it.
-Saadi

 

Whenever thy hand can reach it, tear out the foe’s brain, for such an opportunity washes anger from the mind.
-Saadi

 

Keep belly lightly loaded, if mind would wisdom see;For bodies crammed to bursting, make empty souls to be.
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The world is not a courtroom There is no judge no jury no plaintiff. This is a caravan filled with eccentric beings telling wondrous stories about God.
-Saadi

 

A grateful dog is better than an ungrateful man.
-Saadi

 

I have never seen a man lost who was on a straight path.
-Saadi

 

Great God, have pity on the wicked, for thou didst everything for the good, when thou madest them good!
-Saadi

 

Who eat their corn while yet ’tis green At the true harvest can but glean.
-Saadi

 

In the faculty of speech man excels the brute; but if thou utterest what is improper, the brute is they superior.
-Saadi

 

If thou tellest the sorrows of thy heart, let it be to him in whose countenance thou mayst be assured of prompt consolation.
-Saadi

 

Much contention and strife will arise in that house where the wife shall get up dissatisfied with her husband.
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Riches are intended for the comfort of life, and not life for the purpose of hoarding riches.
-Saadi

 

The whelp of a wolf must prove a wolf at last, notwithstanding he may be brought up by a man.
-Saadi

 

The rich man is everywhere expected and at home.
-Saadi

 

A tree, freshly rooted, may be pulled up by one man on his own. Give it time, and it will not be moved, even with a crane
-Saadi

 

That which is not allotted the hand cannot reach; what is allotted you will find wherever you may be.
-Saadi

 

Though someday we may become as eloquent as Sahban, but we might also miss the essence of the Forgiving One.
-Saadi

 

Shut the door of that house of pleasure which you hear resounding with the loud voice of a woman.
-Saadi

 

Whoever interrupts the conversation of others to make a display of his fund of knowledge, makes notorious his own stock of ignorance.
-Saadi

 

Religion is only in the service of the people; it is not in the rosary and the prayer-carpet.
-Saadi

 

Astride a horse I am not, nor camel-like carry a load, Subjects I have none, nor follow any sultan’s code; I worry not for what exists, nor fret for what is lost, I breathe with extreme ease, and live at very little cost.
-Saadi

 

An enemy to whom you show kindness becomes your friend.
-Saadi

 

Inflict not on an enemy every injury in your power, for he may afterwards become your friend.
-Saadi

 

To pardon the oppressor is to deal harshly with the oppressed.
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He who learns the rules of wisdom, without conforming to them in his life, is like a man who labored in his fields, but did not sow
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He who, when he hath the power, doeth not good, when he loses the means will suffer distress. There is not a more unfortunate wretch than the oppressor; for in the day of adversity nobody is his friend.
-Saadi

 

The sons of Adam are formed from dust; if not humble as the dust, they fall short of being men.
-Saadi

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