| Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.|
|QUOTATION:||I never complained of the vicissitudes of fortune, nor suffered my face to be overcast at the revolution of the heavens, except once, when my feet were bare, and I had not the means of obtaining shoes. I came to the chief of Kfah in a state of much dejection, and saw there a man who had no feet. I returned thanks to God and acknowledged his mercies, and endured my want of shoes with patience, and exclaimed,|
Roast fowl to him thats sated will seem less
Upon the board than leaves of garden cress.
While, in the sight of helpless poverty,
Boiled turnip will a roasted pullet be.
|ATTRIBUTION:||SADI, The Gulistn, or Rose Garden, trans. Edward B. Eastwick, chapter 3, story 19, p. 129 (1880).|
A modern version, often cited as an old Arabian proverb, is: I thought I was abused because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.J. M. Braude, Speakers Encyclopedia of Stories, Quotations and Anecdotes, p. 338, no. 2320 (1955).