The Gulistan of Sa’di

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Author: Sheikh Muslih-uddin Sa'di Shirazi  | Date: 1258

Story 17

I noticed an Arab of the desert sitting in a company jewellers at Bosrah and narrating stories to them. He said: ’I had once lost my road in the desert and consumed all my provisions. I considered that I must perish when I suddenly caught sight of a bag full of pearls and I shall never forget the joy and ecstasy I felt on thinking they might be parched grain nor the bitterness and despair when I discovered them to be pearls.’

In a dry desert and among moving sand

It is the same to a thirsty man whether he has pearls or shells in

his mouth.

When a man has no provisions and his strength is exhausted

It matters not whether his girdle is adorned with pearls or

potsherds.

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Chicago: Sheikh Muslih-uddin Sa'di Shirazi, "Story 17," The Gulistan of Sa’di in Library of the Future ® 4th Edition Ver. 5.0 (Irvine, CA: World Library, Inc., 1996), Original Sources, accessed September 20, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CNEFZDWUCPTW4E3.

MLA: Shirazi, Sheikh Muslih-uddin Sa'di. "Story 17." The Gulistan of Sa’di, in Library of the Future ® 4th Edition Ver. 5.0, Irvine, CA, World Library, Inc., 1996, Original Sources. 20 Sep. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CNEFZDWUCPTW4E3.

Harvard: Shirazi, SM, 'Story 17' in The Gulistan of Sa’di. cited in 1996, Library of the Future ® 4th Edition Ver. 5.0, World Library, Inc., Irvine, CA. Original Sources, retrieved 20 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CNEFZDWUCPTW4E3.