Ali ibn Abi Talib
A man’s measure is his will.
No one has ever suffered from his people as I have.
Abstinence from sins is better than seeking help afterwards.
Do not be too hard, lest you be broken; do not be too soft, lest you be squeezed.
Let me alone, and go in search of someone else.
If poverty were a man, I would have slain him.
I was not created to be occupied by eating delicious foods like tied up cattle.
A poor man is like a foreigner in his own country.
Do not share the knowledge with which you have been blessed with everyone in general, as you do with some people in particular; and know that there are some men in whom Allah, may He he glorified, has placed hidden secrets, which they are forbidden to reveal.
To make one good action succeed another, is the perfection of goodness.
Do for this life as if you live forever, do for the afterlife as if you die tomorrow.
People’s hearts are like wild animals. They attach their selves to those that love and train them.
He who busies himself with things other than improvement of his own self becomes perplexed in darkness and entangled in ruin. His evil spirits immerse him deep in vices and make his bad actions seem handsome.