English transl.: Richard Francis Burton
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Several officials of Sultan Mahmud asked Hasan Muimandi one day what the sultan had told him about a certain affair. He replied: ‘You must yourselves have heard it.’ They rejoined: ‘What he says to thee he does not think proper to communicate to the like of us.’ He answered: ‘Because he trusts that I shall not reveal it. Then why do you ask me to do so?’A knowing man will not utter every word which occurs to him.
It is not proper to endanger one’s head for the king’s secret.
p. 17 Chapter 1: The Manners of Kings
p. 55 Chapter 2: On the Morals of Dervishes
p. 89 Chapter 3: On the Excellence of Content
p. 115 Chapter 4: On the Advantages of Silence
p. 122 Chapter 5: On Love and Youth
p. 146 Chapter 6: On Weakness and Old Age
p. 154 Chapter 7: On the Effects of Education
p. 175 Chapter 8: On Rules for Conduct in Life
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