„The weakest man is the one who is able to correct his moral defects, but doesn't take action.“

—  Ali

Husayn al-Nuri al-Tabarsi, Mustadrak al-Wasā'il, vol. 11, p. 324

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—  Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -551 - -479 BC

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