Abu Bakr al-Anbaaree said that al-Imaam, al-Haafith Abu ‘Ubayd would divide the night into thirds; so he would pray a third of it, and sleep a third of it, and author books [during] a third of it.
I have not eaten my fill for 16 years, except on one occasion; and [on that occasion] I placed my hand in my mouth and induced myself to vomit.
O son of Aadam, by Allaah, if you were to read the Qur.aan [with understanding] and then believed in [what] it [contains], your sadness [at what comes to pass] in this world will be lengthened, and your fear [of Allaah] in this world will intensify, and your weeping in this world will increase.
If the remembrance of death departed my heart, I would certainly fear my heart[‘s pursuit of desires] will corrupt me.
He would teach the people and have them read the Qur.aan to him. And when they would finish, he would [turn to] occupy himself in prayer.