1. Judge a man’s qualities by the intentions of his
action and not by its outcome.
2 However good a thought, it is tarnished by passing
through human lips.
3. You may find solace by saying wise words to a con
ceited fool but, more often than not, they vanish into thin air
4 Render good to a wise man: a fool will only be
spoilt by it.
5. A father’s son is an enemy to other people. But a
son of mankind is your dear brother.
6. A good man may ask much, but will be content with
little: a despicable one will ask much, but will be dissatis-
fed even if he gets more than he asked for
7. Не who works for his own benefit alone is like an
animal that grazes to fill its own stomach: but he who
works to fulfil his human duty, the Most High will distin
guish by His love.
8. Who poisoned Socrates, burnt Joan of Arc, and cru
cified Jesus? Who buried our Prophet in the carcass of a
camel? The masses, the multitude! The multitude is devoid
of reason. Seek to direct in onto the path of truth.
9. Man is a child of his time. If he is bad, his contemn-
poraries are to blame.
10. Had I the power, I would cut out the tongue of
anyone who asserts that man Is incorrigible
ILL. To be left alone is like dying. The lonely person
suffers misfortunes of every kind. The world knows many
a vicious thing, but also pleasures and joys. Who will
endure the former in dignity? And who will not be corr-
rupted by the later?
12 Who among us has not known trouble? Only the
weak lose hope. Nothing in this world is immutable, and
misfortune cannot last for ever Does not the bountiful and
blossoming spring follow the harsh winter?
13. He who keeps silent in his anger contains his fury
within himself. He who spits abuse is either a braggart or a
14. Success and good luck make a man drunk. Only
one in a thousand can keep cool and reasonable.
15. If you want your labours to be successful, start the
job in hand wisely.
16 High office is like a high cliff The slow snake will
crawl up it and the hawk will swoop down on it. Iml-wish
ers start praising those who have not yet reached the top.
and the later, being credulous, will rejoice at such praise
17. The world is an ocean, time is a breath of wind,
early waves are elder brothers, and late waves are younger
brothers. Generation succeeds generation, even though
things seems immutable in their quietude.
18. A common man renowned for his cleverness isgreater than a king who has been raised up by good for
tune. A youth who sells his handiwork is worthier than an
old man selling his beard.
19. A beggar with a full belly is the devil incarnate: a
lazy Sufi is nothing but a hypocrite.
20. A false friend is like a shadow: when the sun
shines on you, you can’t get rid of him, but when clouds
gather over you, he Is nowhere to be seen.
21 Be frank with those without friends: keep on good
terms with those who have many. Beware of the careless
man: be a shield to the destitute.
22 There is no use of anger without power, love with
out fidelity and a teacher without pupils.
23 While you are seeking happiness, everybody
wishes you well: but once you have attained it, your only
well-wisher is yourself.