I never shed tears over all the hardships I faced nor lost courage at the turn of tides, except once. That happened when I was barefoot and could not afford to buy a pair of shoes. That year I walked all the way to the masjid at Kufah, greatly disheartened. There I saw a man who had lost both his feet! I then turned and thanked Allah with a grateful heart and forgot the gloom over my naked shoeless feet.
—Shaykh Sa‘dī Shirāzī [d. 692H/1292CE]
The Rose Garden. translated by Iftekhar Bano Hussain. Ta-Ha Publishers, London, UK. 2000.