Sa'di (pen name of Muslih-ud-Din, Persian poet ca. 1184-1291)
I never complained of the vicissitudes of fortune, nor suffered my face to be overcast at the revolution of the heavens, except once, when my feet were bare, and I had not the means of obtaining shoes. I came to the chief of Kufah in a state of much dejection, and saw there a man who had no feet. I returned thanks to God and acknowledged his mercies, and endured my want of shoes with patience.
- The Gulistan, or Rose Garden
The version you quote, a modern condensation, first appears in various publications in the early 1950s http://books.google.com/books?lr=&as_brr=0&q=%22cried+because+I+had+no+shoes%22+%22met+a+man+who+had+no+feet%22&btnG=Search+Books&as_drrb_is=b&as_minm_is=0&as_miny_is=1900&as_maxm_is=0&as_maxy_is=1960
Yale Book of Quotations http://books.google.com/books?id=w5-GR-qtgXsC&pg=PA660
· 9 years ago