Saadi Shirazi Poems
|281.||Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 27||1/1/2004|
|283.||Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 26||1/1/2004|
|284.||Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 13||1/1/2004|
|285.||Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 02||1/1/2004|
|286.||Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 19||1/1/2004|
|287.||Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 04||1/1/2004|
|288.||Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 01||1/1/2004|
|289.||Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 05||1/1/2004|
Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 19
It is related that, whilst some game was being roasted for Nushirvan the just during a hunting party, no salt could be found. Accordingly a boy was sent to an adjoining village to bring some. Nushirvan said: "Pay for the salt lest it should become a custom and the village be ruined." Having been asked what harm could arise from such a trifling demand, Nushirvan replied: "The foundation of oppression was small in the world but whoever came augmented it so that it reached its present magnitude."
If the king eats one apple from the garden of a subject
His slaves will pull ...
I was one night meditating on the time which had elapsed, repenting of the life I had squandered and perforating the stony mansion of my heart with adamantine tears. 1 I uttered the following verses in conformity with the state of mind:
Every moment a breath of life is spent,
If I consider, not much of it remains.
O thou, whose fifty years have elapsed in sleep,
Wilt thou perhaps overtake them in these five days?
Shame on him who has gone and done no work.