|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|Ali Ben Abi Taleb.|
| Believe me, a thousand friends suffice thee not;|
In a single enemy thou hast more than enough. 1
Translated by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and wrongly called by him a translation from Omar Khayyám.
Found in Dr. Hermann Tolowiezs Polyglotte der Orientalischen Poesie.
Translated by James Russell Lowell thus:
He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare,
And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere. [back]