The simpler our hands and hearts, the more
Of the world around, the happier we'll be.
Penniless pleasure, gone in a blink,
Is better than the pomp of a thousand kings.
#899: From Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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The Life Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi
By Frankin D. Lewis
By Coleman Barks (Translator)