“There’s no courage”, The Prophet said, “before the war has begun.”
Drunkards vaunt their bravery when you speak of war, but in the blaze of battle they scatter like mice.
I’m astonished by the man who wants purity and yet trembles when the harshness of polishing begins…
When a man beats a carpet again and again, it’s not the carpet he’s attacking, but the dirt in it.
- Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Balkhī