Man has not been blessed with anything better than patience…
Patience whilst upon obedience [to Allaah] is [the attainment of] a higher rank than patience whilst enduring trials and tribulations!
He was extremely fond of knowledge, and would read extensively, such that when he was in his youth, he would read 800 pages a day, and read 2,000 volumes in the moonlight.
Most of what Shaykh Ja’far al-‘Atamee read [in the seeking] of knowledge was by way of the moonlight, because oil was scarce at the time.
There is no aid other than [from] Allaah, and no guide other than the Messenger of Allaah, and no provision other than taqwa, and no act [to be undertaken] other than [to remain] patient upon it.