Art, Science and Poetry

The inscription on this beautiful thousand-year old plate in the Louvre reads, “The taste of science is bitter at first, but in the end sweeter than honey.”
Islamic Plate (Louvre).jpg
My apologies for the bad translation — I don’t read Arabic so I had to translate from the French: “La science, son goût est amer au début, mais à la fin plus doux que le miel.” Apologies also for the bad photograph, thanks to my camera-phone. Does anyone know of a better picture?