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One learns the states of the human body with respect to what is healthy and what deviates from it, for the purpose of preserving health when it already exists and restoring it when it has been lost. Avicenna; ibn Sina
The Arab world is not in a compromising mood. It's likely that your plan is rational and logical, but the fate of nations is not decided by rational logic. Nations never concede; they fight. You won't get anything by peaceful means or compromise. You can, perhaps, get something, but only by the force of your arms. We shall try to defeat you. I am not sure we'll succeed, but we'll try. We were able to drive out the Crusaders, but on the other hand we lost Spain and Persia. It may be that we shall lose Palestine. But it's too late to talk of peaceful solutions. Abdullah Yusuf Azzam
Iranians find Americans easy to deal with because they are straightforward. That … could give Iranians an advantage in any negotiations. But for Americans to understand Iranians, they must recognize that with Iranians the mind thinks something, the head feels something else, the tongue says something else, and manners do something else. It doesn’t mean people are lying. They are just dealing with you with a different character. Muhammad Atrianfar
There are four things every person has more of than they know: sins, debt, years, and enemies. Persian Proverb
Turks, Tartars, even Persians constituted the infidel powers which neighboured and threatened European Christiandom. The word "Turk" was mainly used in two ways, as a generic name for an Islamic State with its own characteristic institutions of Government and military; and as a description of behaviour or character -- the Turks being of nature cruel and heartless... The idea of cruelty was probably produced by the Turks' distant foreignness combined with an absence from their lives of comprehensible Christian ethics, but more importantly by their military threat. Simon Shephard
Use your enemy's hand to catch a snake. Anonymous
... constantly sought after order and equity among the dark-headed people whom [the god Marduk] made him conquer. Anonymous
Immortals Anonymous
Shall we neglectfully pass thee by, now thou art prostrate on the ground because thou once invaded Greece, or shall we erect thee again in consideration of the greatness of thy mind and thy other virtues? Alexander III
It is not possible to appropriate the art and heroism of another through tyranny, unpleasantness, falsehood, and injustice. Ardashir I
Woe be unto man, who ought to follow, but does not follow, these dumb quadrupeds [Elk] that are irrational and speechless, but so faithful toward one another that one lays down his life for the sake of his mate or his young one. Ardashir I
These Egyptians, Cyprians, Cilicians, and Pamphylians, who are counted in the number of your subject-allies, of how little service are they to you! Artemisia
Spare your ships, and do not risk a battle; for these people are as much superior to your people in seamanship, as men to women. What so great need is there for you to incur hazard at sea? Are you not master of Athens, for which you did undertake your expedition? Is not Hellas subject to you? Not a soul now resists your advance. They who once resisted, were handled even as they deserved. Artemisia
Persia is only delaying out fate; it cannot save us. When the Turks have settled with Persia they will fly at our throats, supported by the might of the whole East. How unprepared we are I dare not say. Augier Ghislain de Busbecq
All should be free to worship their God without harm …. No one’s home [may] be destroyed and no one’s property be looted. Cyrus the Great
It was not the year of union rather the year of division and force and oppression and violence. The imamate became like the kingdom of Chosroes and the caliphate like the tyranny of Caesar. al Jahiz
It is our turn to guard our heritage from Mongol, and Persian and Moor, before we become engulfed in a limitless foreign sea. Charles Lindbergh
Learn from the things that have been done already, for this is the best way of learning. Cyrus the Great
What government can possibly be better than that of the very best man in the whole state? Darius I
There is no nation which so readily adopts foreign customs as the Persians. Herodotus
Do not be over-zealous in punishing others. Adarbad Mahraspandan
Do not deliver yourself up as a slave to any man. Adarbad Mahraspandan
Do not do unto others what would not be good for yourself. Adarbad Mahraspandan
Put not your trust and confidence in kings and princes. Adarbad Mahraspandan
Put out of your mind what is past and do not fret and worry about what has not yet come to pass. Adarbad Mahraspandan
It seems advisable, that we should no longer have a single man to rule over us—the rule of one is neither good nor pleasant …. I vote, therefore, that we do away with monarchy, and raise the people to power. For the people are all in all. Otanes
A falsehood resulting in conciliation is better than a truth producing trouble Persian Proverb
Astride a horse I am not, nor camel-like carry a load, Subjects I have none, nor follow any sultan's code; I worry not for what exists, nor fret for what is lost, I breathe with extreme ease, and live at very little cost. Saadi; Mosleh al-Din Saadi Shirazi
All Athenians should leave Athens …. The men should report to the ships at Salamis. Themistocles
Cease to press this enterprise, for you cannot know if what you are doing will be of real advantage to you. Be content to rule in peace your own kingdom, and bear to see us reign over the countries that are ours to govern. Tomyris
I will not rest until I take Athens and burned it to the ground. Xerxes
There will be no place that the sun will shine that will not be ours. Xerxes
Distribute taxes among all in a fair and equitable manner and make them general, not exempting anyone because of his noble rank or great riches, nor even exempting your own officials or courtiers or followers. Do not levy on anyone a tax which is beyond his capacity to pay… Tahir Ibn Al Hussein
My advice to the Sultan is to build hospitals for sick Muslims, with a staff of physicians and attendants who will cure them and minister to their needs Tahir Ibn Al Hussein
I saw such personal wealth there that were I to describe it, the people of Persia would never believe it. I could discover no end or limit to their wealth, and I never saw such ease and comfort anywhere Nasir Khusaro
Your ancestors came to Macedonia and the rest of Hellas and did us great harm, though we had done them no prior injury. I have been appointed leader of the Greeks, and wanting to punish the Persians I have come to Asia, which I have now taken from you. Alexander III
Our enemies are Medes and Persians, men who for centuries have lived soft and luxurious lives; we of Macedon for generations past have been trained in the hard school of danger and war. Above all, we are free men, and they are slaves. There are Greek troops, to be sure, in Persian service — but how different is their cause from ours! They will be fighting for pay — and not much of at that; we, on the contrary, shall fight for Greece, and our hearts will be in it. Alexander III
Knowledge is as wings to man's life, and a ladder for his ascent. Its acquisition is incumbent upon everyone. The knowledge of such sciences, however, should be acquired as can profit the peoples of the earth… Bahaullah; Husayn Ali Nuri
We shall now cease using the eloquent language (Arabic) …. We would fain speak in the Persian tongue that perchance the people of Persia, one and all, may become aware of the utterances of the merciful Lord, and come forth to discover the Truth. Bahaullah; Husayn Ali Nuri
In this Day the secrets of the earth are laid bare before the eyes of men. The pages of swiftly-appearing newspapers are indeed the mirror of the world. They reflect the deeds and the pursuits of diverse peoples and kindreds. They both reflect them and make them known. They are a mirror endowed with hearing, sight and speech. This is an amazing and potent phenomenon. However, it behooveth the writers thereof to be purged from the promptings of evil passions and desires and to be attired with the raiment of justice and equity. They should enquire into situations as much as possible and ascertain the facts, then set them down in writing. Bahaullah; Husayn Ali Nuri
Knowledge is one of the wondrous gifts of God. It is incumbent upon everyone to acquire it. Bahaullah; Husayn Ali Nuri
O Ye Rich Ones on Earth! The poor in your midst are My trust; guard ye My trust, and be not intent only on your own ease Bahaullah; Husayn Ali Nuri
What did it profit thee, and such as are like thee, to slay, year after year, so many of the oppressed, and to inflict upon them manifold afflictions, when they have increased a hundredfold . . . His [God's] Cause transcends any and every plan ye devise …. Know this much: Were all the governments on earth to unite and take My life and the lives of all who bear this Name [Bahai], this Divine Fire would never be quenched. Bahaullah; Husayn Ali Nuri
Our purpose is to abolish war and bloodshed from the face of the earth Bahaullah; Husayn Ali Nuri
Thou hast entrusted the reins of counsel into the hands of the representatives of the people. Thou, indeed, hast done well, for thereby the foundations of the edifice of thine affairs will be strengthened, and the hearts of all that are beneath thy shadow, whether high or low, will be tranquilized. Bahaullah; Husayn Ali Nuri
We have been informed that thou hast forbidden the trading in slaves... This, verily, is what God hath enjoined in this wondrous Revelation. God hath, truly, destined a reward for thee, because of this. He, verily, will pay the doer of good, whether man or woman, his due recompense Bahaullah; Husayn Ali Nuri
The richness and abundance of this great capital and its district is such as is indeed a wonder to behold: and it is for this reason that it bears the name of Samarkand: for this name would he more exactly written Semiz-kent, two words which signify ‘Rich-Town’. Roy Gonzalez De Clavijo
In our religion women are as men. Bahaullah; Husayn Ali Nuri
O kings of the earth! We see you increasing every year your expenditures, and laying the burden thereof on your subjects. This, verily, is wholly and grossly unjust . . . do not rob them to rear palaces for yourselves. Bahaullah; Husayn Ali Nuri
Do not concern yourself with politics and the world; your job is to connect the hearts to God. Bahaullah; Husayn Ali Nuri
An egg thief becomes a camel thief. Persian Proverb
it was impossible for the Ethiopians to buy silk from the Indians, for the Persian merchants always locate themselves at the very harbors where the Indian ships first put in (since they inhabit the adjoining country), and are accustomed to buy the whole cargoes. Procopius of Caesarea
Nothing can be imagined better, or more perfect, than the administration of a virtuous man. Besides, when a single man is master, it is more difficult for the enemy to discover his secret counsels and resolutions. When the government is in the hands of many, it is impossible but enmity and hatred must arise among them; for, as every one desires his opinion to be followed, they gradually become mutual enemies Darius I
If Tehran insists on combining the Persian imperial tradition with contemporary Islamic fervor, then a collision with America — and, indeed, with its negotiating partners … — is unavoidable. Iran simply cannot be permitted to fulfill a dream of imperial rule in a region of such importance to the rest of the world. Henry A. Kissinger
If there are any amongst you, who have not the courage to enjoy this precious gift of liberty now dropped down to you from Heaven, let him declare himself; no harm shall be done to him: he shall be permitted to go in search of some new tyrant beyond the frontier of this happy state. Mirwais Hotak
The Persians called Cyrus "Father" because he was gentle and procured them all manner of goods. Herodotus
Go, stranger, and to Lacedaemon [Sparta] tell That here, obeying her laws, we fell. Herodotus
Persians had women leading the army, women leading the country, women who govern for thousands of years. Haleh Afshar
Islamic Holy war against followers of other religions, such as Jews, is required unless they convert to Islam or pay the poll tax. Baha' Ad-Din Al-Amili
Was is being declared against the Persians on behalf of the Greeks, to punish the barbarians for their lawless treatment of the old Greek temples. Philip II of Macedon
An untruth must be spoken, where need requires. For whether men lie, or say true, it is with one and the same object. Men lie, because they think to gain by deceiving others; and speak the truth, because they expect to get something by their true speaking, and to be trusted afterwards in more important matters. Thus, though their conduct is so opposite, the end of both is alike. If there were no gain to be got, your true-speaking man would tell untruths as much as your liar, and your liar would tell the truth as much as your true-speaking man. Darius I
In medicine it is … necessary that causes both health and disease should be determined. Avicenna
You Westerners simply don't understand the philosophy behind my power. The Iranians think of their sovereign as a father. What you call 'my celebration' was to them the celebration of Iran's father. The monarchy is the cement of our unity. In celebrating our twenty-five hundreth anniversary, all I was doing was celebrating the anniversary of my country, of which I am the father. Now, if to you, a father is inevitably a dictator, that is your problem, not mine.. Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
No people can live in the past - not even in its own past. But if it no longer has a link with its history, it must of necessity perish. Persia, crowded with hardship and glory, ordeals and hopes. With the help of the Almighty, the lessons of the past constitute the best guide for the citizens of the future. Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
Human beings are members of a whole, In creation of one essence and soul. If one member is afflicted with pain, Other members uneasy will remain. If you have no sympathy for human pain, The name of human you cannot retain. Saadi
This [American] empire will not last. No empire does. If empires lasted, the whole world would be speaking ancient Persian today. Hamid Dabashi
Heaven cannot support two suns, nor earth two masters, nor Asia two kings Alexander III
I am Xerxes, great king, king of kings, the king of all countries which speak all kinds of languages, the king of the entire big, far-reaching earth. Xerxes
God be praised! The support of Islam is strong … In the lands of the Arabs, the Persians, the Romans and the Russians, the sword is in the hands of the [Ottoman] Turks and the fear of their swords is rooted in men’s heart. Al-Rawandi
Three Whom God Should Not Have Created: Persians, Jews, and Flies Khairallah Talfah
Wisdom and good works have been brought in perfect succession from age to age by the messengers of God. They come on one age through the prophet called Buddha in the region of India, in another through Zoroaster in the land of Persia, and in yet another through Jesus in the land of the West. Mani
This concord should be as profound as our empires are great, for we know that no other state will ever appear to rival our empires. Shahin Vahmanzadegan
I will never give peace to the emperor of Rome, till he had abjured his crucified God, and embraced the worship of the sun. Shahin Vahmanzadegan
Damn this world, Damn this time. Damn this fate That uncivilized Arabs have come to make me a Moslem Ferdowsi
There are three possibilities. Embrace our religion and you will have the same privileges and obligations as we. Refuse and you must pay the fizya. Reject both and you will have to do battle with us until Allah decides between us. Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas
The Persian Government more than a year ago sought the aid of American experts in the reorganization of their finances. While this Government could not assume any responsibility in this matter, it was glad that the services of competent American citizens could be secured, and a financial mission accordingly proceeded to Persia and for the past year has been rendering important expert aid. Charles Evans Hughes
While the American proposals for the limitation of [opium] production may have been theoretically sound, the United States ignored the practical obstacles in the way of their achievement. In one sense these proposals were unfair, since they transferred the responsibility for suppressing the international drug traffic from the strong countries to lamentably weak governments such as those of China, Persia and Turkey. Financially, the United States stood to lose nothing and to gain everything by the acceptance of its proposals. The producing countries, as well as the governments of territories where smoking prevails, would on the other hand be obliged to give up revenues amounting to millions of dollars a year. In other words, the United States asked from the remainder of the world sacrifices which entailed no hardships for herself. Raymond Leslie Buell
The problem, therefore, reduced itself to [opium] production in Persia, Turkey, and Jugoslavia. The first of these countries declared that it could not restrict production without a loan of ten million tomans, customs autonomy, and a financial moratorium. The other two said that until other means of livelihood had been found for their peasant populations, production could not be limited. Raymond Leslie Buell