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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2007 6:11 pm 
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Has anyone ever heard of this quote:
"I used to feel bad that I had no shoes until I met the man had no feet"
Anyone know the author and/or exact quote?
Thank you for any help.
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"I never complained of the vicissitudes of fortune, nor murmured at the ordinances of Heaven, excepting once, when my feet were bare, and I had not the means of procuring myself shoes. I entered the great mosque at Cufah with a heavy heart when I beheld a man who had no feet. I offered up praise and thanksgiving to God for his bounty, and bore with patience the want of shoes, A broiled fowl in the eyes of one who has satisfied his appetite, is of less estimation than a leaf of greens on a dish; but to him who hath not the means of procuring food, a boiled turnip is equal to a broiled fowl."~Sa'adi (Persian poet, a.k.a Muslih-al-Din/Muslin-ed-Deen) (1184-1291), in Gulistan (Rose Garden) (translated into English by Francis Gladwin)


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Over on Quoteland, we have this version:
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I never complained of the vicissitudes of fortune, nor suffered my face to be overcast at the revolution of the heavens, except once, when my feet were bare, and I had not the means of obtaining shoes. I came to the chief of Kfah in a state of much dejection, and saw there a man who had no feet. I returned thanks to God and acknowledged his mercies, and endured my want of shoes with patience, and exclaimed,
“Roast fowl to him that’s sated will seem less
Upon the board than leaves of garden cress.
While, in the sight of helpless poverty,
Boiled turnip will a roasted pullet be.”

~ Sa'di, The Gulistan (or Rose Garden), chapter 3, story 19
[trans. Edward B. Eastwick]
http://www.quoteland.com/author.asp?AUTHOR_ID=2250


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