1. The farthest endeavours are those that are closest to nobleness.

1ـ أبْعَدُ الهِمَمِ أقْرَبُها مِنَ الكَرَمِ.

2. Worries [and concerns] are [proportionate] to the extent of [one’s] endeavours.

2ـ بِقَدْرِ الهِمَمِ تَكُونُ الهُمُومُ.

3. The best endeavours are the loftiest of them.

3ـ خَيْرُ الهِمَمِ أعْلاها.

4. Be lofty in your endeavours when you seek something and honourable in victory when you overpower [your enemy].

4ـ كُنْ بَعيدَ الهِمَمِ إذا طَلَبْتَ، كَريمَ الظَّفَرِ إذا غَلَبْتَ.

5. One whose endeavour is great, his care [and attention towards it] becomes great.

5ـ مَنْ كَبُرَ هِمَتُّهُ كَبُرَ اهْتِمامُهُ.

6. One whose endeavour is insignificant, his merit is nullified.

6ـ مَنْ صَغُرَتْ هِمَّتُهُ بَطَلَتْ فَضيلَتُهُ.

7. One whose endeavour is honourable, his value becomes great.

7ـ مَنْ شَرُفَتْ هِمَّتُهُ عَظُمَتْ قيمَتُهُ.

8. One whose endeavour is great, his cause is worthy.

8ـ مَنْ كَبـرَتْ هِمَّتُهُ عَزَّ مَرامُهُ.

9. Confine your endeavour to that which is necessary for you and do not enter into that which does not concern you.

9ـ اِقْصِرْ هِمَّتَكَ عَلى ما يَلْزِمُكَ، ولاتَخُضْ فيما لايَعْنيكَ.

10. One who rises to the [higher] levels of endeavour [and determination] is glorified [and considered as great] by the nations.

10ـ مَنْ رَقى دَرَجاتِ الهِمَمِ عَظَّمَتْهُ الأُمَمُ.

11. One whose concern is not for [attaining] that which is with Allah, the Glorified, does not realize his aspiration.

11ـ مَنْ لَمْ يَكُنْ هَمُّهُ ما عِنْدَاللّهِ سُبْحانَهُ لَمْ يُدْرِكْ مُناهُ.

12. Never concern yourself with anything except that which will earn you recompense and do not strive except in gaining reward.

12ـ لاتَهْتِمَنَّ إلاّ فيما يُكْسِبُكَ أجْراً ولاتَسْعَ إلاّ فِي اغْتِنامِ مَثُوبَة.

13. One’s zeal is [proportionate] to the extent of one’s endeavour.

13ـ عَلى قَدْرِ الهِمَّةِ تَكُونُ الحَمِيَّةُ.

14. The value of a man is proportionate to his endeavour and [the value of] his action is to the extent of his intention.

14ـ قَدْرُ الرَّجُلِ عَلى قَدْرِهِمَّتِهِ، وعَمَلُهُ عَلى قَدْرِ نِيَّتِهِ.

15. Nothing raises a person like his [earnest] endeavour and nothing lowers him like his lustful desire.

15ـ ما رَفَعَ امْرَءً كَهِمَّتِهِ، ولاوَضَعَهُ كَشَهْوَتِهِ.

16. The worries of a man are to the extent of his endeavour and his sense of honour is to the extent of his zeal.

16ـ هُمُومُ الرَّجُلِ عَلى قَدْرِ هِمَّتِهِ، وغَيْرَتُهُ عَلى قَدْر حَمِيَّتِهِ.

17. Do not make your family and children your greatest concern, for indeed if they are friends of Allah, the Glorified, then Allah does not forsake His friend, and if they are the enemies of Allah then what is your concern for the enemies of Allah?

17ـ لاتَجْعَلْ أكْبـَرَ هَمِّكَ بِأهْلِكَ ووَلَدِكَ، فَإنَّهُمْ إنْ يَكُونُوا أوْلِياءَ اللّهِ سُبْحانَهُ فَإنَّ اللّهَ لايُضَيِّعُ وَلِيَّهُ، وإنْ يَكُونُوا أعْداءَ اللّهِ فَما هَمُّكَ بِأعْداءِ اللّهِ.

18. Do not allow yourself to feel sorrow for what you have lost such that it preoccupies you from what is [yet] to come.

18ـ لاتُشْعِرْ قَلْبَكَ الْهَمَّ عَلى ما فاتَ، فَيَشْغَلَكَ عَمّا هُوَ آت.