الرسالة ۴۹

و من كتاب له عليه السلام إلى معاوية أيضا

اما بعد فان الدنیا مشغله عن غیرها و لم یصب صاحبها منها شیئا الا فتحت له حرصا علیها و لهجا بها و لن یستغنی صاحبها بما نال فیها عما لم یبلغه منها و من ورا ذلک فراق ما جمع و نقض ما ابرم و لو اعتبرت بما مضى حفظت ما بقی و السلام

Letter 49

A Letter from Imam Ali (a.s)

[A letter to Mu'awiya.] This vicious world will try to turn a man away from religion and from having faith in the Hereafter. And when a worldly-minded person grasp a little of it, it always opens before him vistas of false hopes, ambitions, temptations and greed, so that he is never satisfied with what he has grabbed and will always covet for more. The result often is that he loses what he has already amassed and his plans do not work out. If you take a lesson from the past then you can guard your future very well.