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  • 10/1/2005

An old man's advice

One day, in the pride of youth, I had traveled hard and arrived perfectly exhausted in the evening at the foot of an acclivity. A weak old man, who had likewise been following the caravan, came and asked me why I was sleeping, this not being the place for it. I replied: ‘How am I to travel, having lost the use of my feet?’ He said: ‘Hast thou not heard that it is better to walk gently and to halt now and then than to run and to become exhausted?’

O thou who desirest to reach the station

Take my advice and learn patience.

An Arab horse gallops twice in a race.

A camel ambles gently night and day.

From Golestan of Sa'di

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