Saadi Shirazi

(1814-1291 / Iran)

Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 36 - Poem by Saadi Shirazi

Even after falling into mud a jewel retains its costliness, and dust, although it may rise into the sky, is as contemptible as before. Capacity without education is deplorable and education without capacity is thrown away. Ashes are of high origin because the nature of fire is superior, but as they have no value of their own, they are similar to earth and the price of sugar arises not from. the cane but from its own quality.

The land of Canaan having no natural excellence,
The birth of a prophet therein could not enhance its worth.
Display thy virtue if thou hast any, not thy origin.
The rose is the offspring of thorns and Abraham of Azer.


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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