Abū-Muhammad Muslih al-Dīn bin Abdallāh Shīrāzī,Saadi Shirazi (Persian: ابومحمد مصلح الدین بن عبدالله شیرازی) better known by his pen-name as Saʿdī (Persian: سعدی) or simply Saadi, was one of the major Persian poets of the medieval period. He is not only famous in Persian-speaking countries, but has also been quoted in western sources. He is recognized for the quality of his writings and for the depth of his social and moral thoughts.
- In Isfahan I had a friend who was warlike, spirited, and shrewd. His hands and dagger were forever stained with blood. The hearts of his enemies were consumed by fear of him; even the tigers stood in awe of him. In battle he was like a sparrow among locusts; but in combat,
as Saadi sang in earlier ages,
"some are far distant, some are dead".
- "In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful
- Laudation is due the most High, the most Glorious, Whose worship bridges the Gap and Whose recognition breeds beneficence. Each breath inhaled sustains life, exhaled imparts rejuvenation. Two blessings in every breath, each due a separate salutation.
- Whose hand properly offers and whose tongue,
- The salutation due Him, and not be wrong?
- Says He: "Ingratiate yourself, O family of David,
- Unlike the unthankful, that I thee bid!"
- Subjects proper, best admit to all transgression,
- At His threshold, with contrite expression;
- How otherwise could mortal creatures ever,
- Make themselves worthy of His discretion?