Ali ibn Abi Talib Quotes | Quotes by Ali ibn Abi Talib

1When wisdom reaches the acme of perfection, it will suppress the vicious instincts and injurious desires.

2He who is greedy is disgraced; he who discloses his hardship will always be humiliated; he who has no control over his tongue will often have to face discomfort.

3Safety lies in silence. It is easier to rectify what you miss by silence, than to secure what you lose by speaking.

4The outcome of fear is disappointment and shyness is frustration.

5Lead such a life, that, when you die, the people may mourn you, and while you are alive they long for your company.

6Do not let your difficulties fill you with anxiety, after all it is only in the darkest nights that stars shine more brightly.

7Perfecting one's intellect causes one to speak less, and those words spoken will be adorned with wisdom.

8Hate no one, no matter how much they've wronged you. Live humbly, no matter how wealthy you become. Think positively, no matter how hard life is. Give much, even if you've been given little. Keep in touch with the ones who have forgotten you, and forgive who has wronged you, and do not stop praying for the best for those you love.

9Either you are just or unjust. If you are just, then you will not keep aloof from the people, but will listen to them and meet their requirements. But if you are unjust, the people themselves will keep away from you.

10Body is purified by water. Ego by tears. Intellect is purified by knowledge. And soul is purified with love.

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11Whoever educates himself and improves his own morals & character is superior to the man who tries to teach & train others.

12Be a good man to Allah and a bad man to yourself (desires); and be one of the commoners among the people

13Stubbornness destroys good advice.

14One who rushes madly after inordinate desire, runs the risk of encountering destruction and death.

15Like your body your mind also gets tired so refresh it by wise sayings.

16There is no knowledge and science like pondering and thought; and there is no prosperity and advancement like knowledge and science.

17Not every man with a heart is understanding, nor every man with an ear a listener, and nor every man with eyes able to see.

18Understanding the knowledge and wisdom of the Qur'an is by far, higher than memorizing.

19I wonder at a man who loses hope of salvation when the door of repentance is open for him.

20An accepted deed is never small in Taqwa (consciousness of Allah), how can what has been accepted be small?

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21Let me alone, and go in search of someone else.

22He who understands humanity seeks solitude

23Know you that Allah has made Islam the most sublime path for attainment of His supreme pleasure and the highest standards of his worship and obedience. He has favoured it with noble precepts, exalted principles, undoubtable arguments, unchallengeable supremacy and undeniable wisdom. It is up to you to maintain the eminence and dignity granted to it by the Lord, to follow it sincerely, to do justice to its articles of faith and belief, to obey implicitly its tenets and orders and to give it the proper place in your lives.

24Courtesy costs nothing, but buys everything.

25The world is darkness; knowledge is light; but knowledge without truth is a mere shadow.

26A calamity does not descend except due to a sin and it is not lifted except with repentance.

27There are three signs of a knowledgeable person: knowledge, forbearance and silence.

28Knowledge is of two kinds: that which is absorbed and that which is heard. And that which is heard does not profit if it is not absorbed.

29Greed takes a person to the watering place but gets him back without letting him drink. It undertakes responsibility but does not fulfill it. Often the drinker gets choked before quenching his thirst. The greater the worth of a thing yearned for, the greater is the grief for its loss. Desires blind the eyes of understanding. The destined share would reach him who does not approach it.

30People's hearts are like wild animals. They attach their selves to those that love and train them.

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31Associating with the wise and the knowledgeable people adds to the prestige of a person.

32Silence is the best reply to a fool.

33There is no rest for the person who has envy, and there is no love for the person who has bad manners.

34Do not be misled by appearances for these are apt to be deceptive.

35To whatever extent a person's knowledge increases, his attention will be turned more towards his soul.

36The vision of the eye is limited; the vision of the heart transcends all barriers of time and space.

37No wealth like education and no poverty like ignorance

38Riches without faith are the greatest poverty.

39Do not feel lonely on the road of righteousness Because of the fewness of the walkers on it.

40A moment of patience in a moment of anger prevents a thousand moments of regret.

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41Man comes from a drop of semen and leaves as a piece of dust. He doesn't know when he came and he doesn't know when he's leaving, yet he walks on the earth thinking he knows everything.

42There is no capital more useful than intellect and wisdom, and there is no indigence more injurious than ignorance and unawareness.

43The nourishment of body is food, while the nourishment of the soul is feeding others.

44The one who has no control over his desires has no control over his mind.

45Do not take someone's silence as his pride, perhaps he is busy fighting with his self.

46He who guards his secrets retains control in his own hands

47One who is mild rather than forceful has greater capacity for outreach.

48Hide the good you do, and make known the good done to you.

49A wise man first thinks and then speaks and a fool speaks first and then thinks.

50Loving one another is half of wisdom.

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51Do not be too hard, lest you be broken; do not be too soft, lest you be squeezed.

52Authority, power, and wealth do not change a man; they only reveal him

53The disease of the heart is worse than the disease of the body.

54Patience is of two kinds: patience over what pains you, and patience against what you covet.

55Many a spoken word is more piercing than an attack.

56Dislike in yourself what you dislike in others.

57The one from among the Muslims who recites the Qur'an but in the end finds his way to hell, is considerd to be among those that have taken the word of Allah in jest.

58Oh writer! An Angel watches over all you write. Make your writing meaningful for it will eventually return to you and you will be questioned about what you wrote.

59Of all the follies the greatest is to love the world.

60If you are greeted then return the greetings more warmly. If you are favored, then repay the obligation manifold; but he who takes the initiative will always excel in merit.