Socrates -/- Muhammad

14:3
Socrates

Knowing you know nothing
Life’s true knowledge

Beware most lonely barrenness
Enclosing busy lives

Without enjoying bodily strength
Fools age shamefully

Smallest acts of courage
Deem courageous, nevertheless

***

Education’s better kindling flames
Before filling vessels

Strong minds discuss ideas,
Weak minds, people

From conversation springs wisdom
Avoid lengthy monologues


14:4
Muhammad

Divinity examines hearts, deeds,
Ignoring ephemeral possessions

As kindness enters something
Its essence beautified

Only perfect piety, posipraxis,
Defines human superiority

When entity disturbs heartpeace
Relinquish its control

***

Courteously, upon fathers’ deaths,
Befriend their friends

Visit invalids, feed hunger,
Release unjust captives

Wherever we’ll observe wealth
Investigate invisible impoverishment

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