Sheikh Saadi

Story 12 – The Manners Of Kings – Gulistaan-e-Sa.Adii

An unjust king asked a devotee what kind of worship is best? He replied: ‘For thee the best is to sleep one half of the day so as not to injure the people for a while.’

I saw a tyrant sleeping half the day.

I said: ‘this confusion, if sleep removes it, so much the better;

But he whose sleep is better than his wakefulness

Is better dead than leading such a bad life.’

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