If more than four [students] sat with Abul-’Aaliyah, he would get up and leave.
[I learnt them] myself. If I see anyone [who is] good, [then] I draw near to him, and if I see anyone [who is] ill-mannered, [then] I keep away from him.
I asked al-Hasan al-Basree about something, and said [to him]: The jurists are saying such-and-such.
In this world, Abu Daawood was created for [the knowledge of] hadeeth, and [as] for the Hereafter, [he was created] for Paradise.