Saadi 1210 - 1292 (82)

Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.


On Friends

and Enemies

I am displeased with the company of friends To whom my bad qualities appear to be good; They fancy my faults are virtues and perfection; My thorns they believe to be rose and jessamine. Say! where is the bold and quick enemy To make me aware of my defects?

Saadi Shirazi was one of the major Persian poets and literary men of the medieval period. He is not only famous in Persian-speaking countries, but has been quoted in western sources as well. He is recognized for the quality of his writings and for the depth of his social and moral thoughts. Saadi is widely recognized as one of the greatest poets of the classical literary tradition.