الزُّهْدُ كُلُّهُ بَيْنَ كَلِمَتَينِ مِنَ الْقُرْآنِ: قَالَ اللهُ عزّوجلّ: (لكيلا تأسَوا عَلَى مَا فَاتَكُمْ ، وَ لا تَفْرَحُوا بِما آتَاكُمْ) ، فَمَنْ لَمْ يَأْسَ عَلَى الْمَاضِي، وَلَمْ يَفْرَحْ بِالاْتِي، فَقَدْ أَخَذَ الزُّهْدَ بِطَرَفَيْهِ۔
The whole of asceticism is confined between two expressions of the Quran. Allah, the Glorified says: "Lest distress you yourselves for what escapes you, and be overjoyous for what He has granted you." (Quran, 57:23). Whoever does not grieve over what he misses and does not revel over what comes to him acquires asceticism from both its sides.
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— Imam Ali a.s.
(Nahj al-Balagha — Peak of Eloquence: Hadith #439)
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