Persian Literature ...: The Gulistan, by Saʻdi ; translation by J. Ross

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Richard James Horatio Gottheil
Colonial Press, 1900
 

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Seite 119 - To tell a falsehood is like the cut of a sabre; for though the wound may heal, the scar of it will remain.
Seite 254 - Love There is on earth a thing more bootless still Than to write figures on a running stream : — And that thing is (believe me if you will) To dream of one who ne'er of you doth dream.
Seite 105 - However much thou art read in theory, if thou hast no practice thou art ignorant. He is neither a sage philosopher nor an acute divine, but a beast of burden with a load of books. How can that brainless head know or comprehend whether he carries on his back a library or bundle of fagots...
Seite 243 - When the dawn is shining, He takes it up and fondles it with pride ; When the day's declining, He lays it by his pillow's side. Hark to the twanging of the string! This is the Bow of our great Lord and King ! Now to the morning chase they ride, Now to the chase again at eventide: Hark to the twanging of the string! This is the Bow of our great Lord and King! Hashibito.
Seite 44 - The holy man wept, and answered, " How can you be sufficiently grateful for this blessing, that you are better than they represent you? — How often wilt thou call aloud, saying, The malignant and envious are calumniating wretched me, that they rise up to shed my blood, and that they sit down to devise me mischief. Be thou good thyself, and let people speak evil of thee; it is better than to be wicked, and that they should consider thee as good.
Seite 43 - XX They asked Lucman, the fabulist, " From whom did you learn manners ? " He answered, " From the unmannerly, for I was careful to avoid whatever part of their behavior seemed to me bad." They will not speak a word in joke from which the wise cannot derive instruction ; let them read a hundred chapters of wisdom to a fool, and they will all seem but a jest to him.
Seite 33 - O my child! it were generous to forgive him; but if you have not resolution to do that, do you abuse his mother in return, yet not to such a degree as to exceed the bounds of retaliation, for in that case the injury would be on our part, and the complaint on that of the antagonist. — In the opinion of the prudent he is no hero that can dare to combat a furious elephant; but that man is in truth a hero who, when provoked to anger, will not speak intemperately. A cross-grained fellow abused a certain...
Seite 36 - ... right again, and they will pass their lives happily together. If, therefore, the woman cannot show a tolerable amount of patience, this will but add to her unhappiness. She should, above all things, strive not to give way to excitement; and when she experiences any unpleasantness, she should speak of it frankly but with moderation. And if there should be anything worse than unpleasantness she should even then complain of it in such a way as not to irritate the men. If she guides her conduct on...
Seite 282 - I'll tell you all about it: I made all the haste I could, but yet it was nearly dark before I arrived; and I was just going to ask admittance, my thoughts full of how anxiously Hana must be waiting for me in her loneliness, saying, perhaps, with the Chinese poet...
Seite 244 - Flow'w that were flow'rless cover all the ground ; Yet 'tis no perfect thing : — I cannot walk, so tangled is each hill ; So thick the herbs, I cannot pluck my fill But in the autumn-tide I cull the scarlet leaves and love them dear, And let the green leaves stay, with many a tear, All on the fair hill-side : — * The Mikado referred to ia Zhiyomei, who died in AD 641. No time so sweet as that. Away ! away ! Autumn's the time I fain would keep alway.

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