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Of a minstrel whose name was Saladin1
Saladin was a minstrel who, being in Sicily one day at table with many knights, was washing his hands; and a knight said to him: wash your mouth and not your hands.
And Saladin replied: Mcsser, I have not spoken of you to-day.
Then as they were strolling about, to rest after eating, Saladin was questioned by another knight, who said: tell me, Saladin, if I wished to tell a story of mine, to whom must I tell it as being the wisest amongst us? Saladin answered: Messer, tell it to whoever appears to you to be the most foolish.
The knights questioned this answer, and begged him to expatiate upon it.
Saladin replied: to fools every fool appears wise because of his resemblance.
Therefore whoever appears most foolish to a fool, will be the wisest, because wisdom is the contrary of folly. To every fool wise men seem fools. Therefore to wise men fools seem truly foolish and full of doltishness.
1 Perhaps Saladin of Pavia is meant, a poet who lived about 1250.
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