A man told Amr b. ‘Ubayd: I feel sorry for you from what the people are saying about you.

So he told him: Do you hear me saying anything about them?

The man said: No

He said: Then it is them you should feel sorry for.

Reference:

[1] Tareekh Baghdad 8/450; Buhjat al-Majalis 1/87

قال رجل لعمرو بن عبيد: يا أبا عثمان إني لأرحمك مما يقول الناس فيك. قال: يا بن أخي, أسمعتني أقول فيهم شيئا, قال: لا, قال: فاياهم فارحم.ـ

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