1. The most pleasant life is [a life of] contentment.

1ـ أطْيَبُ العَيْشِ القَناعَةُ.

2. The person with the worst lifestyle of all people is the jealous one.

2ـ أسْوَءُ النّاسِ عَيْشاً الحَسُودُ.

3. The most felicitous lifestyle is achieved by abandoning unnecessary constraints [and formalities].

3ـ أهْنَى العَيْشِ إطْراحُ الكُلَفِ.

4. Of all the people, the person who has the best lifestyle is one in whose grace other people live.

4ـ أحْسَنُ النّاسِ عَيْشاً مَنْ عاشَ النّاسُ في فَضْلِهِ.

5. The person with the most blessed lifestyle is one who has been granted contentment by Allah, the Glorified, and who has been given a good wife.

5ـ أنْعَمُ النّاسِ عَيْشاً مَنْ مَنَحَهُ اللّهُ سُبْحانَهُ القَناعَةَ، وأصْلَحَ لَهُ زَوْجَهُ.

6. Verily the person who has the happiest life of all people is one who is satisfied with what Allah has apportioned for him.

6ـ إنَّ أهْنَأَ النّاسِ عَيْشاً مَنْ كانَ بِما قَسَمَ اللّهُ لَهُ راضِياً.

7. Verily the person with the best lifestyle is one through whose life the lives of others are improved.

7ـ إنَّ أحْسَنَ النّاسِ عَيْشاً، مَنْ حَسُنَ عَيْشُ النّاسِ في عَيْشِهِ.

8. Death is preferable to abasement.

8ـ اَلمَنِيَّةُ، ولاالدَّنِيَةُ.

9. Death is preferable to succumbing to disgrace (or giving up freedom).

9ـ اَلمَوْتُ، ولاابْتِذالُ الخِزْيَةِ(الحُرِّيَةُ).

10. Having less is preferable to humiliation.

10ـ اَلتَّقَلُّلُ، ولاالتّذَلُّلُ.

11. Management [and planning] makes life good.

11ـ صَلاحُ العَيْشِ التَّدْبيرُ.

12. The mainstay of life is good estimation and its basis is good management.

12ـ قِوامُ العَيْشِ حُسْنُ التَّقْديرِ، ومِلاكُهُ حُسْنُ التَّدْبيرِ.

13. One who lives, dies.

13ـ مَنْ عاشَ ماتَ.

14. One who lives [a long life], loses his loved ones.

14ـ مَنْ عاشَ فَقَدَ أحِبَّتَهُ.

15. Early death is better than a wretched life.

15ـ مَوْتٌ وَحِيٌّ خَيْـرٌ مِنْ عَيْش شَقِّي.

16. Life has sweetness and bitterness.

16ـ اَلعَيْشُ يَحْلُو ويَمُرُّ.

17. The bane of livelihood is mismanagement.

17ـ آفَةُ المَعاشِ سُوءُ التَّدْبيرِ.

18. Three things don’t let their possessor enjoy a happy life: malice, jealousy and bad character.

18ـ ثَلاثٌ لايُهْنَأُ لِصاحِبِهِنَّ عَيْشٌ: اَلحِقْدُ،والحَسَدُ، وسُوءُ الخُلْقِ.

19. The beauty of life is [in] contentment.

19ـ جَمالُ العَيْشِ القَناعَةُ.

20. One who stays in the company of his enemy does not enjoy a happy life.

20ـ لَمْ يَهْنَأِ العَيْشَ مَنْ قارَنَ الضِدَّ.

21. Good estimation with sufficiency is better than striving in extravagance.

21ـ حُسْنُ التَّقْديرِ مَعَ الكَفافِ خَيْـرٌ مِنَ السَّعْيِ فِي الإسْرافِ.

22. Preferring comfort [over hard work] cuts off the means of profit [and benefit].

22ـ إيثارُ الدَّعَةِ يَقْطَعُ أسْبابَ المَنْفَعَةِ.