Saadi Shirazi

United we are to one supreme Source
created and molded by the same Divine Force.
When one person suffers and heart breaks with pain
other creatures will feel it when empathy reigns.
If nothing you feel for those suffering grief
you are less then a Human, more like a beast.

Saadi, 1190-1283, born and died in Shiraz, Iran, but traveled extensively for thirty years to avoid the Mongol invasion.   One of the major Persian poets, he is also respected by western writers, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Goethe.  His best known works are Bostan (The Orchard) completed in 1257 and Gulistan (The Rose Garden) in 1258.  He is recognized for the skill and mastery of his writing and for his deep insights into social and moral thought.

poetry and sayings of Saadi

The beloved of God are the rich who have humility like the poor, and the poor who have generosity as if rich. Have patience. All things are difficult, before they are easy. I fear God and next to God I mostly fear those who fear Him not. The rose and the thorn like sorrow and gladness are linked together. An enemy to whom you show kindness becomes your friend. When the belly is empty, the body becomes spirit; and when it is full, the spirit becomes body. A little and a little, collected together, becomes a great deal. Whatever makes an impression on the heart seems lovely in the eye. Whoever acquires knowledge but does not practice it is as one who ploughs but does not sow.

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