Ali ibn Abi Talib Quotes

Your Remedy is within you, but you do not sense it. Your Sickness is from you, but you do not perceive it. You Presume you are a small entity, But within you is enfolded the entire universe. You are indeed the evident book, By whose alphabet the hidden becomes the manifest. Therefore, you have no need to look beyond yourself, What you seek is within you, if only you reflect.

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Be like a flower that gives its fragrance even to the hand that crushed it.

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Never explain yourself to anyone, because the one who likes you would not need it, and the one dislikes you wouldn't believe it.

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Never make a decision in anger and never make a promise in happiness.

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

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Beautiful people are not always good, but good people are always beautiful.

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The worst of our faults is our interest in other people's faults.

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People are of two types, they are either your brothers in faith or your equals in humanity.

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A hopeless man sees difficulties in every chance, but a hopeful person sees chances in every difficulty.

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

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

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A True friend is one who sees a fault, gives you advice and who defends you in your absence.

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The best revenge is to improve yourself.

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Hate 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.

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Man 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.

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

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Life consists of two days: one for you and one against you, so when it's for you don't be proud or reckless, and when it's against you be patient, for both days are test for you

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How strange and foolish is man. He looses his health in gaining wealth. Then to regain health he wastes his wealth. He ruins is present while worrying about his future - but weeps in the future by recalling his past. He lives as though death shall never come to him - but dies in a way as if he were never born.

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

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

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

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When proven wrong, the wise man will correct himself and the ignorant will keep arguing.

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Fear the sins that you commit in secret, because the Witness of those sins is the Judge Himself!

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Put aside your pride, Set down your arrogance, And remember your grave.

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He who trusts the world, the world betrays him.

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A friend cannot be considered a friend until he is tested in three occasions: in timeof need, behind your back, and after your death.

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Do not hate what you do not know, for the greater part of knowledge consists of what you do not know.

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

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Asceticism is not that you should not own anything, but that nothing should own you.

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Do not raise your children the way your parents raised you; they were born for a different time.

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

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

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Courtesy costs nothing, but buys everything.

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The word of God is the medicine of the heart.

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Allah, the Exalted, gave the angels intellect without desires, He gave the animals desires without intellect, and He gave both to the sons of Adam. So a man whose intellect prevails over his desires is better than the angels, whilst a man whose desire prevails over his intellect is worse than the animals.

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You should desire for others what you desire for yourself, and hate for others what you hate for yourself. Do not oppress, just as you do not like to be oppressed. Do good to others just as you would like good to be done to you. Dislike in yourself what you dislike in others. Accept that treatment from others which you would like others to accept from you. Do not say to others what you do not like to be said to you.

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Nothing hurts a good soul and kind heart more than to live amongst people who can't understand it.

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

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Don't engage your heart in grief over the past or you wont be ready for what is coming.

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He who understands humanity seeks solitude

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It is better to listen to a wise enemy than to seek counsel from a foolish friend.

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Surely silence can sometimes be the most eloquent reply.

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Do not use the sharpness of your speech on your mother who taught you how to speak.

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Blessed is he whose own faults keep him from seeing the faults of others.

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The days of life pass away like clouds, so do good while you are alive.

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Awaken your heart to kindness and mercy for the people and love and tenderness for them. Never, never act with them like a predatory beast which seeks to be satiated by devouring them, for the people fall into two categories: they are either your brethren in faith or your kindred in creation.

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Two things cause people to be destroyed: fear of poverty and seeking superiority through pride.

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Everyone who is taken by death asks for more time, while everyone who still has time makes excuses for procrastination.

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

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The wiser a man is, the less talkative will he be.

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