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Ch 07 On The Effects Of Education Story 08

Saadi Shirazi was a major Persian poet and prose write of the medieval period.

I saw an Arab of the desert who said to his boy: ‘O son, on the day of resurrection thou wilt be asked what thou hast gained and not from whom thou art descended, that is to say, thou wilt be asked what thy merit is and not who thy father was.’

  The covering of the Ka’bah which is kissed
  Has not been ennobled by the silkworm.
  It was some days in company with a venerable man
  Wherefore it became respected like himself.