Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson


Till Eulenspiegel


1 The Arousing of Thought


(Mullah Nassr Eddin, or as he is also called, Hodja Nassr Eddin, is, it seems, little known in Europe and America, but he is very well known in all countries of the continent of Asia; this legendary personage corresponds to the American Uncle Sam or the German Till Eulenspiegel. Numerous tales popular in the East, akin to the wise sayings, some of long standing and others newly arisen, were ascribed and are still ascribed to this Nassr Eddin.)


It is not for nothing that our renowned and incomparable teacher, Mullah Nassr Eddin, frequently says:


“Without greasing the palm not only is it impossible to live anywhere tolerably but even to breathe.”


And another also terrestrial sage, who has become such, thanks to the crass stupidity of people, named Till Eulenspiegel, has expressed the same in the following words: