Arabian Wisdom, by John Wortabet, , at sacred-texts.com
To carry a heavy rock to the summit of a mountain is easier than to receive a kindness which is flaunted.
The bane of a generous action is to mention it.
It is better to refuse a kindness than to be reminded of it.
I would not accept the whole world if I were to suffer the humiliation of being constantly reminded of the gift.
To bestow and flaunt a kindness, and to be stingy and refuse to do an act of kindness, are equally bad.
When you do a kindness hide it, and when a kindness is done to you proclaim it.
Do good, and throw it into the sea.