TEHRAN, April 20 (Mehr News Agency) -- April 21 marks the National Saadi Day in which Iranians commemorate Sheikh Moleh od-Din Saadi (c. 1213-1291), one of the greatest figures in classical Persian literature.
Oneness of mankind
All Adam’s race are members of one frame;
Since all, at first, from the same essence came.
When by hard fortune one limb is oppressed,
The other members lose their wonted rest:
If thou feel’st not for others’ misery,
A son of Adam is no name for thee.
From Saadi’s The Gulistan (The Rose Garden) translated by Edward B. Eastwick
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