From The Subtleties of the Inimitable
Mulla Nasrudin by Idries Shah
Mulla Nasrudin used to stand in the street on market-days, to be pointed out as an idiot.
No matter how often people offered him a large and a small coin, he always chose the smaller piece.
One day a kindly man said to him:
'Mulla, you should take the bigger coin. Then you will have more money and people will no longer be able to make a laughing-stock of you.'
'That might be true,' said Nasrudin, 'but if I always take the larger, people will stop offering me money to prove that I am more idiotic than they are. Then I would have no money at all.'
[Reload for another story.]
©Octagon Press, 1972 (ISHK Bookservice).
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