إنَّما أهْلُ الدُّنْيا كِلابٌ عاوِيَةٌ، وسِباعٌ ضارِيَةٌ، يُهَرُّ بَعْضُها بَعْضاً، ويَأكُلُ عَزيزُها ذَليلَها، ويَقْهَرُ كَبيرُها صَغيرَها، نَعَمٌ مُعَقَّلَةٌ، وأُخرى مُهْمَلَةٌ، قَدْ أضَلَّتْ عُقُولَها، ورَكِبَتْ مَجْهُولَها۔

The people [who seek] of this world are just like howling dogs or starving predators growling at each other. The mighty among them eat the meek and the big among them crush the small. Some are like tied cattle and some are like untied cattle that have lost their wits and are running in every direction.

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The people [who seek] of this world are just like howling dogs or starving...

— Imam Ali a.s.
(Ghurar al-Hikam: This World)

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