Medieval Arab philosopher
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- If you will do some deed before you die,
Remember not this caravan of death,
But have belief that every little breath
Will stay with you for an eternity.
- The Diwan of Abu'l-Ala (1909) by Henry Baerlein, XLVII
- They recite their sacred books, although the fact informs me that these are a fiction from first to last. O Reason, thou (alone) speakest the truth. Then perish the fools who forged the (religious) traditions or interpreted them!
- "The Meditations of Al-Ma'arri", in R. A. Nicholson's Studies in Islamic Poetry (1921)
- The inhabitants of the earth are of two sorts:
Those with brains, but no religion,
And those with religion, but no brains.
- As quoted in The Crusades Through Arab Eyes (1984) by Amin Maalouf, p. 37
- Variant translations:
- The world holds two classes of men; intelligent men without religion, and religious men without intelligence.
- A Short History of Freethought Ancient and Modern (1906) by John Mackinnon Robertson, Vol. I, Ch. VIII: Freethought under Islam, p. 269
- The world is divided into men who have wit and no religion and men who have religion and no wit.