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  • هستی اندر نیستی بتوان نمود ** مال داران بر فقیر آرند جود
  • Being can be seen (only) in not-being: the rich bestow (exhibit) generosity on the poor.
  • آینه‌‌ی صافی نان خود گرسنه ست ** سوخته هم آینه‌‌ی آتش زنه ست‌‌
  • The clear mirror of bread is truly the hungry man; tinder, likewise, is the mirror of that (the stick or flint) from which fire is struck.
  • نیستی و نقص هر جایی که خاست ** آینه‌‌ی خوبی جمله‌‌ی پیشه‌‌هاست‌‌
  • Not-being and defect, wherever they arise (appear), are the mirror which displays the excellence of all crafts.
  • چون که جامه چست و دوزیده بود ** مظهر فرهنگ درزی چون شود 3205
  • When a garment is neat and well-stitched, how should it enable the tailor to exhibit his skill?
  • ناتراشیده همی‌‌باید جذوع ** تا دروگر اصل سازد یا فروع‌‌
  • Trunks of trees must be unhewn in order that the woodcutter may fashion the stem or the branches (and thus exercise his craft).
  • خواجه‌‌ی اشکسته بند آن جا رود ** که در آن جا پای اشکسته بود
  • The doctor who sets broken bones goes to the place where the person with the fractured leg is.
  • کی شود چون نیست رنجور نزار ** آن جمال صنعت طب آشکار
  • How shall the excellence of the art of medicine be made manifest when there is no emaciated invalid?
  • خواری و دونی مسها بر ملا ** گر نباشد کی نماید کیمیا
  • How shall the (power of the) Elixir be shown if the vileness and baseness of coppers is not notorious?
  • نقصها آیینه‌‌ی وصف کمال ** و آن حقارت آینه‌‌ی عز و جلال‌‌ 3210
  • Defects are the mirror of the quality of perfection, and that vileness is the mirror of power and glory,
  • ز آن که ضد را ضد کند پیدا یقین ** ز آن که با سرکه پدید است انگبین‌‌
  • Because (every) contrary is certainly made evident by its contrary; because honey is perceived (to be sweet by contrast) with vinegar.