(1) I once mentioned him in conversation with @ThomasWic

Time to introduce him to the rest of you:

Abu 'L'Ala Ahmad ibn 'Abdallah al-Ma'arri, generally know as al'Ma'arri, was born near Aleppo in 973, and died in 1057, drawing people to his native town.

His Opus Magnus, the Luzumiyyat, contains some of the most moving verses in a variety of subjects.

Some ring as true today as they did a millennium ago, when his land was the repository of human knowledge then lost to Europeans.

(2) The Two Universal Sects

They all err—Moslems, Jews,
Christians and Zoroastrians.
Humanity follows two world-wide sects:

The one, intelligent man without religion,
The second, religious man without intellect.

So much for the savages of old...

@Debradelai

Hi sir, what section is the quote of the two universal sects?

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@Debradelai

being bullshit-proof....

project Gutenberg has an English translation free

gutenberg.org/ebooks/50457

@zetetic

@zetetic

You are very welcome.
Project Gutenberg and sacred-texts.com/

are my go-to for anything old or ancient.

@Kathleen

That is a very nice site too. I will use Perseus as well.

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