Hazrat Ali quotes about life are full of practical wisdom. He was a man of great insight and knowledge. Under the supervision of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.W.), he received his early education and learned all about Islam. It was because of the company of the Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W.W.) that Hazrat Ai (R.A.) became so wise. Throughout his life, he acquired knowledge and used it not only for the betterment of his own character, but also for the improvement of his companions and the rest of the human beings. His life is full of such intelligent statements and judgements that could surely make us better Muslims. He had gone through all the aspects of life, from war to peace, from contentment to difficult circumstances. Based on his experiences, following are some of Hazrat Ali quotes about life:
Life consists of two days, one for you 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 a test for you.
You are the master of what you say until you utter it. Once you deliver it, you are its captive. Preserve your tongue as you do your gold and money. One word could bring disgrace and the termination of bliss.
Beware! Abstain from shedding blood without a valid cause. There is nothing more harmful than this which brings about one’s ruin. The blood that is wilfully shed shortens the life of a state. On the Day of Judgement it is this crime for which one will have to answer first. So, beware! Do not wish to build the strength of your state on blood. For, it is this blood which ultimately weakens the state and passes it into other hands. Before me and my God, no excuse for wilful killing can be entertained.
You were ordered to obey to Allah, and you were created to perform good deeds.
The best kind of wealth is to give up inordinate desires.
Blessed is the man who always kept the life after death in his view, who remembered the Day of Judgment through all his deeds, who led a contented life and who was happy with what Allah had destined for him.
People in this world are like travellers whose journey is going on though they are asleep.
(Life is a journey that goes on even though men don’t feel it so.)
Those who give up religion to better their lives seldom succeed. The Wrath of Allah makes them go through more calamities and losses than the gains they gather for themselves.
Avarice is disgrace, cowardice is a defect and poverty often disables an intelligent man from arguing his case. A poor man is a stranger in his own town. Misfortune and helplessness are calamities; patience is a kind of bravery. To sever attachments with the wicked world is the greatest wealth. Piety is the best weapon of defence.