From  The Subtleties of the Inimitable
Mulla Nasrudin
by Idries Shah


THE VALUE OF THE MAN

What do you want?' said the king to Nasrudin, who had managed with some difficulty to get an audience.

'A million gold pieces,' said the Mulla.

'Could you not make it less?' asked the surprised king.

'Oh, yes, I could make it -- five pieces.'

'There is rather a disparity between the two sums, surely?'

'Yes. The million gold pieces is what you are worth; the five is what I am worth.'


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©Octagon Press, 1972 (ISHK Bookservice).

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