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The Book And Writing

The book and writing-الكتاب والكتابة

1. The book is one of the two interlocutors.

1ـ اَلْكِتابُ أحَدُ المُحَدِّثَيْنِ.

2. When you write something then take another look at it before putting a seal on it, for indeed [by putting a seal on it] you are only putting a seal on your intellect [as your intelligence will be gauged by your writing].

2ـ إذا كَتَبْتَ كِتاباً فَأعِدْ فيهِ النَّظَرَ قَبْلَ خَتْمِهِ، فَإنَّما تَخْتِمُ عَلى عَقْلِكَ.

3. The writing of a man is the symbol of his intellect and the evidence of his merit.

3ـ كِتابُ الرَّجُلِ عُنْوانُ عَقْلِهِ، وبُرهانُ فَضْلِهِ.

4. The writing of a person is the gauge of his merit and the measure of his nobility.

4ـ كِتابُ المَرْءِ مِعْيارُ فَضْلِهِ، ومِسْبارُ نُبْلِهِ.

5. How good an interlocutor a book is!

5ـ نِعْمَ المُحَدِّثُ الكِتابُ.

6. Writing is the interpreter of intention.

6ـ اَلكِتابُ تَرْجُمانُ النِّـيَّةِ.

7. Books are the gardens of scholars.

7ـ اَلكُتُبُ بَساتينُ العُلَماءِ.

8. Whoever takes solace [and delight] in [reading] books will never lack [any] solace.

8ـ مَنْ تَسَلّى بِالكُتُبِ لَمْ تَفُتْهُ سُلْوَةٌ.