Know that hearing and eyesight are two open doors, whatever enters through them reaches the heart. How many a thing does a man see or hear, which he should not have, but that once they have entered the heart, it proves difficult to remove them?
The world is but ruin; more ruined is the heart of he who works for it. The Hereafter is flourishing; more flourishing is the heart of he who works for it.
Were this world to be sold on the market, I would not buy it for a loaf of bread, for all the troubles it contains.
We patch up our world by tearing our religion into pieces. So that neither our religion remains, nor what we are patching.
I looked at all friends, and did not find a better friend than safeguarding the tongue. I thought about all the dresses but did not find a better dress than piety. I thought about all kinds of wealth, but did not find a better wealth than contentment in a little. I thought of all sorts of good deeds but did not find a better deed than offerring good advice. I looked at all types of sustenance, but did not find a better sustenance than patience.
I am amazed at the seeker of purity
When time for polishing comes
Complaints of harsh treatment
Love is a lawsuit
Without evidence, you will not win
My son, when one beats the rug
The beating is not intended against the rug
But against the dust inside the rug
My son, that harsh treatment
Is not intended against you
But against the ill qualities inside you
Solitude is better than being in bad company, and being in good company is better than solitude. Saying what is good is better than silence, and silence is better than saying what is bad.
When love of this world enters the heart, fear of the Hereafter exits from it. Beware of worldy distractions, for no servant opens a door of this world without several doors of works for the Hereafter being shut for him.
You never extend your hand to something of this world without finding that a depraved man has overtaken you to it.
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