Selection of saying by Imam Ali (P.H.) :
During civil disturbance adopt such an attitude that people do not attach any importance to you - they neither burden you with complicated affairs, nor try to derive any advantage out of you.
Whoever wants to be a leader should educate himself before educating others. Before preaching to others he should first practice himself. Whoever educates himself and improves his own morals is superior to the man who tries to teach and train others.
Truthfulness is honor, and lying is humiliation; and whoever is known for his truthfulness will have his lying overlooked, and whoever is known for his lying will not have his truthfulness accepted.
He who is greedy is disgraced; he who discloses his hardship will always be humiliated; he who has no control over his tongue will often have to face discomfort.
Beware of befriending a liar, for surely he will make what is far away seem near, and he will make what is near seem far away.
Unfortunate is he who cannot gain a few sincere friends during his life and more unfortunate is the one who has gained them and then lost them (through his deeds).
Often your utterances and expressions of your face leak out the secrets of your hidden thoughts.