Sheikh Saadi

Story 41 – The Manners Of Kings – Gulistaan-e-Sa.Adii

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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