nahj al balagha

He has opened for you the door of repentance; therefore, whenever you call Him, He hears your call, and whenever you whisper to Him, He knows the whisper. Place before Him your needs, unveil yourself before Him, complain to Him of your worries, beseech Him to remove your troubles, seek His help in your affairs, and ask from the treasuries of His mercy that which no one else has power to give, namely length of life, health of body, and increase in sustenance. He has placed the keys of His treasuries in your hands in the sense that He has shown you the way to ask Him. Therefore, wherever you wish, open the doors of His favour with prayer, and let abundant rains of His mercy fall on you.
—  Imam Ali (a), Nahj al-Balagha, Letter 31
By means of the Holy Qur’an, heal the sickness of your hearts and strengthen yourself through it while confronting hardships.
—  Imam Ali (a), Nahj al-Balagha, Sermon-176
God tests His worshippers with many different hardships, He makes them engage in different struggles, and He makes them undergo multiple misfortunes. All this in order to extract arrogance from their hearts, to establish humbleness in their selves.
—  Imam Ali (as) [Nahj Al-Balagha p. 294]
People of ma’arifat (recognition) see that the worldly people are more concerned about physical death. While more serious is the death of their hearts within their living bodies.
—  Imam Ali (a), Nahj al-Balagha, Sermon 259

“O My God! You know me better than myself, and I know myself better than they do. O My God! Make us better than what they think and forgive us what they do not know”
—Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (عليه السلام), [Nahj Al-Balagha, saying 100]

ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) ـ لَمّا سُئلَ عَن أفضَلِيّةِ العَدلِ أو الجُودِ ـ: العَدلُ يَضَعُ الاُمورَ مَواضِعَها، والجُودُ يُخرِجُها مِن جِهَتِها، والعَدلُ سائسٌ عامٌّ، والجُودُ عارِضٌ خاصٌّ، فالعَدلُ أشرَفُهُما وأفضَلُهُما.

Imam Ali (AS) was once asked which was better, justice or generosity, to which he replied, ‘Justice puts things in their rightful place, whereas generosity takes them away from their course. Justice is a general predominant state, whereas generosity is a transient characteristic. Justice is therefore the nobler and better of the two.’[Nahj al-Balagha, Saying 437]

Learn the Qur’an for it is the best of narrations, and understand it thoroughly for it is the best blossoming of the hearts. Seek cure with its Light for it is the cure of the hearts. Recite it beautifully for it is the most beneficial of narrations.
—  Imam Ali (‘a), Nahj al-Balagha, Sermon 110
الِاسْتِشَارَةُ عَيْنُ الْهِدَايَةِ وَ قَدْ خَاطَرَ مَنِ اسْتَغْنَي بِرَأْيِهِ
Seeking to consult someone [in one’s affairs] is guidance in itself, and the one who suffices himself with his own opinion endangers himself.
—  Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb (as) [Nahj Al-Balagha p. 506]
People of ma’arifat (recognition) see that the worldly people are more concerned about physical death. While more serious is the death of their hearts within their living bodies.
—  Imam Ali (a), Nahj al-Balagha, Sermon 259

ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) ـ من وصيَّتِهِ لابنِهِ الحسنِ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) ـ: اُوصِيكَ بتَقوَى اللّه‏ِ ـ أي بُنَيَّ ـ ولُزومِ أمرِهِ، وعِمارَةِ قَلبِكَ بذِكرِهِ.

‪Imam Ali (AS), in his will to his son Imam al-Hasan (AS) said, ‘I advise you to be Godwary, O my son, and to abide by His orders, and to keep your heart alive with His remembrance.’

—  [Nahj al-Balagha, Letter 31]