|Whoever likes this world and loves it hates the next arid is its enemy||Amir a'-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: The tongue of the wise man is behind his heart, and the heart of the fool is behind his tongue|
|Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: All matters are subject to destiny, so much so that sometimes death results from effort||Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: Every mischief monger cannot even be reproved|
A Syrian enquired from Amir al-mu'minin: Was our going to fight against the Syrians destined by Allah? Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: The worth of every man is in his attainments.24
|As for ourselves Banu Hashim we spend whatever we get and are very generous in offering ourselves in death||Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, was seen in worn-out clothes with patches and when it was pointed out to him he said: With it the heart fears, the mind feels humble and the believers emulate it|
|Doubt has also four aspects: unreasonableness, fear, wavering and undue submission to every thing||No one of you should repose hope save in his Lord Allah ; no one of you should fear anything save his sin; no one should feel ashamed of saying "I do not know" when he is asked a matter which he does not know; no one should feel ashamed of learning a thing that he does not know; and you should practise endurance, because endurance is for belief what the head is for the body, so that just as there is no good in a body without the head there is no good in belief without endurance|
Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: The consequence of fear is disappointment and of bashfulness is frustration.