Nassiruddin Hojja's Quick Wit
Once upon a time, Nassiruddin Hojja was fixing a hole on the high part of his two-story house. All of a sudden, he noticed someone calling him from down below. He glanced down and saw a man standing there. The man said, "I've come from a faraway place. Could you come down and talk to me?" Hojja figured that the man had something important to share. So, he quickly came down from the roof and wanted to hear what the man had to say. The man asked Hojja for some money to help him out. This made Hojja very mad inside, but he didn't let it show. He decided to give the man a good lesson. He asked the man to climb the stairs with him. When they both got to the roof, Hojja said, "I'm sorry, I don't have money to help you." The man got really angry and questioned, "Why did you make me climb all the way up here to tell me you don't have money?" Hojja shot back right away, "Well, why did you make me come all the way down the stairs instead of just asking for money from below?"