Ali ibn Abi Talib was the Islamic prophet Muhammad’s cousin, son-in-law, and friend.

From 656 until his death in 661, he governed as the fourth Rightly Guided caliph and is considered as the rightful direct successor to Muhammad and the first Imam by all branches of Shia Muslims.

We have curated a list of best quotes from Ali ibn Abi Talib for you.


Best Ali ibn Abi Talib Quotes

1. “The best revenge is to improve yourself.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

2. “Never explain yourself to anyone, because the one who likes you would not need it, and the one dislikes you wouldn’t believe it.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

3. “Silence is the best reply to a fool.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

4. “Do not let your difficulties fill you with anxiety, after all it is only in the darkest nights that stars shine more brightly.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

5. “Be like a flower that gives its fragrance even to the hand that crushed it.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

6. “Body is purified by water. Ego by tears. Intellect is purified by knowledge. And soul is purified with love.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

7. “A hopeless man sees difficulties in every chance, but a hopeful person sees chances in every difficulty.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

8. “People are of two types, they are either your brothers in faith or your equals in humanity.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

9. “Beautiful people are not always good, but good people are always beautiful.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

10. “The one who has no control over his desires has no control over his mind.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

11. “The word of God is the medicine of the heart.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

12. “Do not feel lonely on the road of righteousness Because of the fewness of the walkers on it.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

13. “The wiser a man is, the less talkative he will be.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

14. “A moment of patience in a moment of anger prevents a thousand moments of regret.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

15. “Hide the good you do, and make known the good done to you.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

16. “He who trusts the world, the world betrays him.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

17. “Greed is permanent slavery.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

18. “Don’t engage your heart in grief over the past or you won’t be ready for what is coming.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

19. “The vision of the eye is limited; the vision of the heart transcends all barriers of time and space.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

20. “I will be patient till even patience tires of my patience.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

21. “The disease of the heart is worse than the disease of the body.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

22. “No wealth like education and no poverty like ignorance.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

23. “Authority, power, and wealth do not change a man; they only reveal him.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

24. “Your souls are precious and can only be equal to the price of Paradise, therefore sell them only at that price.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

25. “When proven wrong, the wise man will correct himself and the ignorant will keep arguing.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

26. “Do not take someone’s silence as his pride, perhaps he is busy fighting with his self.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

27. “Courtesy costs nothing, but buys everything.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

28. “Fear only the will of God and you will have no cause to fear anyone else.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

29. “He who understands humanity seeks solitude.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

30. “The worst of our faults is our interest in other people’s faults.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

31. “Do not use the sharpness of your speech on your mother who taught you how to speak.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

32. “Nothing hurts a good soul and kind heart more than to live amongst people who can’t understand it.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

33. “Do for this life as if you live forever, do for the afterlife as if you will die tomorrow.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

34. “A wise man first thinks and then speaks and a fool speaks first and then thinks.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

35. “The sin which makes you sad and repentant is more liked by Allah than the good deed which turns you arrogant.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

36. “The days of life pass away like clouds, so do good while you are alive.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

37. “Fear the sins that you commit in secret, because the Witness of those sins is the Judge Himself!” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

38. “Recitation of the Qur’an without contemplation and thought is futile.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

39. “To fight against one’s desires is the greatest of all fights.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

40. “Patience is of two kinds: patience over what pains you, and patience against what you covet.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

41. “The highest person is he who is of most use to humankind.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

42. “Stubbornness destroys good advice.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

43. “Asceticism is not that you should not own anything, but that nothing should own you.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

44. “It is better to listen to a wise enemy than to seek counsel from a foolish friend.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

45. “Not every man with a heart is understanding, nor every man with an ear a listener, and nor every man with eyes able to see.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

46. “Safety lies in silence. It is easier to rectify what you miss by silence, than to secure what you lose by speaking.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

47. “Understanding the knowledge and wisdom of the Qur’an is by far, higher than memorizing.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

48. “Always consider your intellect to be lacking; otherwise too much faith in it surely leads to error.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).

49. “Surely silence can sometimes be the most eloquent reply.” ~ (Ali ibn Abi Talib).


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