This entry is part 24 of 54 in the series Mullah Nasruddin Stories

Word got out that Nasreddin Hodja possessed a jar full of vinegar that was 40 years old. One day a neighbour came knocking on the door.

`Hodja Effendi, is it really true that you have a jar full of 40-year-old vinegar?’

`It is true.’ the Hodja replied.

`Could I have a cup full of that vinegar?’

`No.’ said Hodja tersely.

`But Hodja Effendi,’ the displeased neighbour pursued, `why wouldn’t you give me some? I only asked for a cup full.’

`Because,’ Hodja explained, `if I were to give a cup full to everyone who asked, my vinegar wouldn’t have lasted for 40 years.’

Vinegar – Mullah Nasruddin Stories


Mullah Nasreddin

Nasreddin or Nasreddin Hodja or Molla Nasreddin Hooja was a Seljuq satirist, born in Hortu Village in Sivrihisar, Eskişehir Province, present-day Turkey and died in 13th century in Akşehir, near Konya, a capital of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum, in today's Turkey. He is considered a populist philosopher, Sufi and wise man, remembered for his funny stories and anecdotes. He appears in thousands of stories, sometimes witty, sometimes wise, but often, too, a fool or the butt of a joke. A Nasreddin story usually has a subtle humour and a pedagogic nature.

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