The Thousand and One Nights
(a large collection of anonymously-authored stories of Indian, Persian and Arabian origin, compiled and edited between the 9th and 15th centuries)
“Whoever helps those who deserve no help,
Will be like one who rescues a hyena.”
- This quote comes from The Thousand And One Nights (specifically the story of The Fisherman and the ‘Ifrit). The translation used here is by Malcolm C. Lyons (Penguin Classics, 2010, 2019).