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I think thou art in the habit of eating a great deal, and that thy power of restraining appetite is more slender than a hair, whilst an appetite such as thou nourishest would rupture a chain, and a day may come when it will tear thee up.

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Source Notes: Tales from The Gulistan or the Rose-Garden of the Sheikh Sa'di of Shiraz (story 93) (1258), trans. and ed. Richard Burton (1928).

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