Ali bin Abu-Talib Quotes

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

Ali bin Abu-Talib

Do not feel ashamed to forgive and forget. Do not hurry over punishments and do not be pleased and do not be proud of your power to punish. Do not get angry and lose your temper quickly over the mistakes and failures of those over whom you rule. On the contrary, be patient and sympathetic with them. Anger and desire of vengeance are not going to be of much help to you in your administration. Never say to yourself, "I am their Lord, their ruler and all in all over them and that I must be obeyed submissively and humbly" because such a thought will unbalance your mind, will make you vain and arrogant, will weaken your faith in religion and will make you seek support of any power other than that of Allah . If you ever feel any pride or vanity on account of your sway and rule over your subjects then think of the supreme sway and rule of the Lord over the Universe, the extent of His creations, the supremacy of His Might and Glory, His Power to do things which you cannot even dream of doing and His control over you which is more dominating than that which you can ever achieve over anything around you. Such thoughts will cure your mental weakness, will keep you away from vanity and rebellion (against Allah), will reduce your arrogance and haughtiness and will take you back to the sanity which you had foolishly deserted... Try carefully to realize that a ruler can create goodwill in the minds of his subjects and can make them faithful and sincere to him only when he is kind and considerate to them, when he reduces their troubles, when he does not oppress them and when he never asks for things which are beyond their power. These are the principles which you should keep in mind and act upon.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

The weakest man is the one who is able to correct his moral defects, but doesn't take action.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

There are so many highly esteemed ones who became miserable and humiliated just because of their bad temper and morals; and humble people who have attained eminence and the highest honors because of good temper and morals.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

Have love for your friend up to a limit for it is possible he may turn into your enemy some day; and hate your enemy up to a limit for it is possible he may turn into your friend some day.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

Inability is a disaster; patience is bravery; abstinence is a treasure, self-restraint is a shield; and the best companion is submission to Divine Will.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

The best deed of a great man is to forgive and forget.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

Oppression and tyranny are the worse companions for the Hereafter.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

Avarice dulls the faculties of judgment and wisdom.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

Adversities often bring good qualities to the front.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

One who comes into power often oppresses.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

Bear sorrows and calamities patiently, otherwise you will never be happy.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

One who takes account of his shortcomings will always gain by it; one who is unmindful of them will always suffer. One who is afraid of the Day of Judgment, is safe from the Wrath of God. One who takes lessons from the events of life, gets vision, one who acquires vision becomes wise and one who attains wisdom achieves knowledge.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

The first fruit of forbearance is that people will sympathize with you and they will go against the man who offended you arrogantly.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

If you find that somebody is not grateful for all that you have done for him, then do not get disappointed because often you will find that someone else feels under your obligation though you have done nothing for him and thus your good deeds will be compensated, and God will reward you for your goodness.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

Minds get tired like bodies. When you feel that your; mind is tired, then invigorate it with sober advice.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

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