Where kindness is, who cares for peace or war?
Where goodness acts, who hears prayer or quarrel?
When a man's accepted, who cares where he's from?
Surrender, yield; if not, your pride's a stone.
#1077, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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