From  The Subtleties of the Inimitable
Mulla Nasrudin
by Idries Shah


THE CLOCK

The Mulla's clock was always wrong.

'Can't you do something about that clock, Mulla?' someone asked him.

'What?'

'Well, it is never right. Anything would be an improvement on that.'

The Mulla hit it with a hammer. It stopped.

'You are right, you know,' he said, 'this really is an improvement.'

'I did not mean literally anything. How can it be better now than it was before?'

'Well, you see, before I stopped it it was never right. Now it is right twice a day, isn't it?'

Moral: It is better to be right sometimes than never to be right at all.


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©Octagon Press, 1972 (ISHK Bookservice).

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