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Ever-lasting Maxims of Imam Ali (A.S.)

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1. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: During civil disturbance be like an adolescent camel (1) who has neither a back strong enough for riding nor udders for milking.
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2. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: He who adopts greed as a habit devalues himself; he who discloses his hardship agrees to humiliation; and he who allows his tongue to overpower his soul debases the soul.
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3. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: Miserliness is shame; cowardice is a defect; poverty disables an intelligent man from arguing his case; and a destitute person is a stranger in his home town.
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4. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: Incapability is a catastrophe; endurance is bravery; abstinence is riches; self-restraint is a shield (against sin); and the best companion is submission (to Allah's will).
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5. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: Knowledge is a venerable estate; good manners are new dresses; and thinking is clear mirror.
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6. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: The bosom of the wise is the safe of his secrets; cheerfulness is the bond of friendship; effective forbearance is the grave of short-comings.
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7. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: Charity is an effective cure, and the actions of people in their present life will be before their eyes in the next life.
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8. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: How wonderful is man that he speaks with fat, talks with a piece of flesh, hears with a bone and breathes through a hole.
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9. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: When this world advances towards anyone (with its favours) it attributes to him other's good; and when it turns away from him it deprives him of his own good.
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10. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: Meet people in such a manner that if you die they should weep for you and if you live they should long for you.
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11. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: When you gain power over your adversary pardon him by way of thanks for being able to overpower him.
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12. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: The most helpless of all men is he who cannot find a few brothers during his life, but still more helpless. is he who finds such a brother but loses him.
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13. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: When you get (only) small favours do not push them away through lack of gratefulness.
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14. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: He who is abandoned by near ones is dear to remote ones.
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15. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: Every mischief monger cannot even be reproved.
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16. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: All matters are subject to destiny, so much so that sometimes death results from effort.
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17. On being asked the meaning of the expression: "la hawla wala quwwata illa bi'llah" (there is no strength nor power but by means of Allah) . Amir al-Muminin, peace be upon him, said : We are not master of anything along with Allah, and we are not master of anything save what He makes us master of. So, when lie makes us master of anything of which lie is a superior Master over us He also assigns some duties to us; and when lie takes it away He will take away those duties as well.
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18. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said about those who avoided fighting on his side: They abandoned right but did not support wrong.
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19. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: He who gallops with loose rein collides with death.
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20. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: Forgive the shortcomings of considerate people because when they fall into error Allah raises them up.
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21. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: The consequence of fear is disappointment and of bashfulness is frustration. Opportunity passes away like the cloud. Therefore, make use of good opportunities.
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22. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said We have a right. If it is allowed to us well and good, otherwise, we will ride on the hind part of the camel (like lowly people) even though the night journey may be long.
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23. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: He whose deeds accord (him) a back position cannot be given a front position because of his lineage.
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24. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: To render relief to the grief-stricken and to provide comfort in hardship means the atonement of great sins.
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25. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: O' son of Adam, when you see that your Lord, the Glorified, bestows His favours oil you while you are disobeying Him, you should fear Him.
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26. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: Whenever a person conceals a thing in his heart it manifests itself through unintentional words from his tongue and (in) the expressions of his face.
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27. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: Keep walking in your sickness as long as you can.
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28. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: The best abstemiousness is to conceal it.
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29. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: When you are running away from the world and death is approaching, there is no question of delay in the encounter.
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30. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: Fear! Fear! By Allah, He has hidden your sins so much so as though He has forgiven.
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480. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: If a believer enrages (i4tashama) his brother, it means that he leaves him.
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32. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: The doer of good is better than the good itself, and the doer of evil is worse than the evil itself.
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33. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: Be generous but not extravagant; be thrifty but not miserly.
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34. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: The best of riches is the abandonement of desires.
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35. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: If someone is quick in saying about people what they dislike, they speak about him that about which they have no knowledge.
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36. Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: Whoever prolongs his desire ruins his actions.
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37. Once Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, was proceeding towards Syria when the countrymen of a1-Anbar met him. Seeing him they began to walk on foot and then ran in front of him. He enquired why they were doing so and they replied that this was the way they respected their chiefs. Then he said:
By Allah, this does not benefit your chiefs. You are belabouring yourself in this world and earning misery for the next world by it. How harmful is the labour in whose wake there is punishment and how profitable is the case with which there is deliverance from the Fire (of Hell).
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439. Amir al-Muminin, peace be upon him, said: The whole of asceticism is confined between two expressions of the Qur'an. Allah, the Glorified says: Lest distress you yourselves for what escapes you, and be overjoyous for what He has granted you (Qur'an, 57:23). Whoever does not grieve over what he misses and does not revel over what comes to him acquires asceticism from both its sides.
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39. Amir al-mu'minin, peace he upon him, said: Supererogatory worship cannot bring about nearness to Allah if it hampers the obligatory.
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40. 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.

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