The Gulistan of Sa’di

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

Story 41

Iskandur Rumi, having been asked how he had conquered the east and the west, considering that the treasures, territories, reigns and armies of former kings exceeded his own and they had not gained such a victory, replied: ’Whatever country I conquered by the aid of God the most high, I abstained from distressing its population and spoke nothing but good of the king.’

The intelligent will not call him great

Who speaks ill of the great.

All this is nothing as it passes away:

Throne and luck, command and prohibition, taking and giving.

Injure not the name of those who have passed away

In order that thy own name may subsist.

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Chicago: Sheikh Muslih-uddin Sa'di Shirazi, "Story 41," The Gulistan of Sa’di in Library of the Future ® 4th Edition Ver. 5.0 (Irvine, CA: World Library, Inc., 1996), Original Sources, accessed August 21, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PW93FV6H4H46T65.

MLA: Shirazi, Sheikh Muslih-uddin Sa'di. "Story 41." The Gulistan of Sa’di, in Library of the Future ® 4th Edition Ver. 5.0, Irvine, CA, World Library, Inc., 1996, Original Sources. 21 Aug. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PW93FV6H4H46T65.

Harvard: Shirazi, SM, 'Story 41' 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 21 August 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PW93FV6H4H46T65.