Ibn Mubarak on Character: You need manners more than knowledge

Ibn ‘Asakir reported: Ibn al-Mubarak, may Allah have mercy on him, said to the people of hadith, “You are in greater need of a little manners than a great deal of knowledge.”

Source: Tārīkh Dimashq 32918

Ibn al-Qayyim said, “The reality of manners is that it results from beautiful character. Thus, manners is the externalization of the integrity and strength in one’s inward disposition into action.”

Source: Madārij al-Sālikīn 2/361

عن ابن عساكر قَالَ ابن المبارك رحمه الله لأصحاب الحديث أنتم إِلَى قَلِيلٍ مِنَ الْأَدَبِ أَحْوَجُ منكم إِلَى كَثِيرٍ مِنَ الْعِلْمِ

32918 تاريخ دمشق لابن عساكر

قال ابن القيم رحمه الله وَحَقِيقَةُ الْأَدَبِ اسْتِعْمَالُ الْخُلُقِ الْجَمِيلِ وَلِهَذَا كَانَ الْأَدَبُ اسْتِخْرَاجَ مَا فِي الطَّبِيعَةِ مِنَ الْكَمَالِ مِنَ الْقُوَّةِ إِلَى الْفِعْلِ

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