مِنَ الحِكْمَةِ أنْ لاتُنازِعَ مَنْ فَوْقَكَ، ولاتَسْتَذِلَّ مَنْ دُونَكَ، وَلاتَتَعاطى ما لَيْسَ في قُدْرَتِكَ، ولا يُخالِفَ لِسانُكَ قَلْبَكَ، ولاقَوْلُكَ فِعْلَكَ، ولاتَتَكَلَّمَ فِيما لاتَعْلَمُ، ولاتَتْرُكَ الأمْرَ عِنْدَ الإقْبالِ، وتَطْلُبَهُ عِنْدَ الإدْبارِ۔
It is from [the dictates of] wisdom that you should not dispute with the one who is above you; you should not humiliate the one who is below you; you should not pursue that which is not in your ability; you should not let your tongue go against [what is in] your heart, nor let your words go against your deeds; you should not speak about that which you have no knowledge of; and you should not leave the matter when it comes in front of you and seek it when it has passed.
— Imam Ali a.s.
(Ghurar al-Hikam: Wisdom)
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