11. Unfortunate is he who cannot gain a few sincere friends during his lifeand more unfortunate is the one who has gained them and then lost them(through his deeds).12. When some blessings come to you, do not drive them away throughthanklessness.13. He who is deserted by friends and relatives will often find help andsympathy from strangers.14. Every person who is tempted to go astray, does not deservepunishment.15. Our affairs are attached to the destiny decreed by Allah, even our bestplans may lead us to destruction.16. There is a tradition of the Holy Prophet "With the help of hair-dye turnold age into youth so that you do not resemble the Jews". When Imam Aliwas asked to comment on this tradition, he said that in the early stage of Islam there were very few Muslims. The Holy Prophet advised them tolook young and energetic and not to adopt the fashion of the Jews (priest)having long, white flowing beards. But the Muslims were not in minoritythen, theirs was a strong and powerful State, they could take up any stylethey liked.17. For those who refused to side with any party, Imam Ali or his enemies,Imam Ali said: They have forsaken religion and are of no use to infidelityalso.18. One who rushes madly after inordinate desire, runs the risk of encountering destruction and death.19. Overlook and forgive the weaknesses of the generous people becauseif they fall down, Allah will help them.20. Failures are often the results of timidity and fears; disappointments arethe results of bashfulness; hours of leisure pass away like summer-clouds,therefore, do not waste opportunity of doing good.21. If the right usurped from us is given back to us we shall take it,otherwise we shall go on claiming it.22. If someone's deeds lower his position, his pedigree cannot elevate it.