Some Quotes by Hazrat Ali bin Abu Talib RA

  • The sin which makes you sad and repentant is more liked by Allah than the good deed which turns you arrogant.
  • Value of a man depends upon his courage; his veracity depends upon his self-respect and his chastity depends upon his sense of honor.
  • Success is the result of foresight and resolution, foresight depends upon deep thinking and planning and the most important factor of planning is to keep your secrets to yourself.
  • Be afraid of a gentleman when he is hungry, and of a mean person when his stomach is full.
  • Hearts of people are like wild beasts. They attach themselves to those who love and train them.
  • So long as fortune is favouring you, your defects will remain covered.
  • Only he who has the power to punish can pardon.
  • Generosity is to help a deserving person without his request, and if you help him after his request, then it is either out of self-respect or to avoid rebuke.
  • There is no greater wealth than wisdom, no greater poverty than ignorance; no greater heritage than culture and no greater support than consultation.
  • Patience is of two kinds: patience over what pains you, and patience against what you covet.
  • Wealth converts a strange land into homeland and poverty turns a native place into a strange land.
  • Contentment is the capital which will never diminish.
  • Wealth is the fountain head of passions.
  • Whoever warns you against sins and vices is like the one who gives you good tidings.
  • Tongue is a beast, if it is let loose, it devours.
  • Woman is a scorpion whose grip is sweet.
  • If you are greeted then return the greetings more warmly. If you are favoured, then repay the obligation manifold; but he who takes the initiative will always excel in merit.
  • The source of success of a claimant is the mediator.
  • People in this world are like travelers whose journey is going on though they are asleep. ( Life’s journey is going on though men may not feel it ).
  • Lack of friends means, stranger in one’s own country.
  • Not to have a thing is less humiliating than to beg it.
  • Do not feel ashamed if the amount of charity is small because to refuse the needy is an act of greater shame.
  • To refrain from unlawful and impious source of pleasures is an ornament to the poor and to be thankful for the riches granted is the adornment of wealth.
  • If you cannot get things as much as you desire than be contented with what you have.
  • An ignorant person will always overdo a thing or neglect it totally.
  • The wiser a man is, the less talkative will he be.
  • Time wears out bodies, renews hopes, brings death nearer and takes away aspirations.
  • Whoever gets anything from the world lives in anxiety for holding it and whoever loses anything passes his days grieving over the loss.
  • Whoever wants to be a leader should educate himself before educating others. Before preaching to others he should first practice himself. Whoever educates himself and improves his own morals is superior to the man who tries to teach and train others.
  • Every breath you take is a step towards death.
  • Anything which can be counted is finite and will come to an end.
  • If matters get mixed up then scrutinize the cause and you will know what the effects will be.

[Nahj ul Balagha]


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