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الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) ـ وقد سألَهُ عبدُ اللّه‏ِ بنُ سِنانٍ : الملائكةُ أفضلُ أمْ بَنو آدمَ ؟ ـ : قالَ أميرُ المؤمنينَ عليُّ بنُ أبي طالبٍ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : إنّ اللّه‏َ عزّ وجلّ ركّبَ في الملائكةِ عقلاً بلا شَهوةٍ ، وركّبَ في البهائمِ شَهوةً بلا عقلٍ، وركّبَ في بني آدمَ كِلْتَيْهما ، فمَنْ غلَبَ عقلُهُ شهوتَهُ فَهُو خيرٌ مِن الملائكةِ ، ومَن غلَبتْ شَهوتُهُ عقلَهُ فهُو شَرٌّ مِن البهائمِ.

Imam al-Sadiq (AS), when 'Abdullah b. Sinan asked him, ‘Is man better or the angels?’, replied, ‘The Commander of the Faithful (AS) said, ‘Allah, the Exalted, gave the angels intellect without desire, He gave the beasts desire without intellect, and He gave both to the sons of Adam. So a man whose intellect prevails over his desire is better than the angels whilst a man whose desire prevails over his intellect is worse that the beasts.’
Imām Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sādiq (a.s.)
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 60, p. 299, no. 5; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 587

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : بتقوَى اللّه‏ِ اُمِرْتُم ، وللإحسانِ والطّاعةِ خُلِقْتُم.

You were ordered to fear Allah and you were created for obedience and good deeds.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Sharhe Nahj al-Balagha by Abi al-Hadid, v. 3, no. 108; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 587

الإمام الصّادق (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : خَرجَ الحسينُ بنُ عَليٍ على أصحابِهِ فَقالَ : أيّها النّاسُ ، إنّ اللّه‏َ ـ عزّ وجلّ ذِكْرُهُ ـ ما خَلقَ العِبادَ إلّا لِيَعرِفوهُ ، فإذا عَرفُوهُ عَبَدوهُ ، فإذا عَبَدوهُ اسْتَغنَوا بعِبادتِهِ عن عبادةِ ما سِواهُ . فقالَ لَه رجلٌ : يابنَ رسولِ اللّه‏ِ ، بأبي أنتَ واُمّي فما معرفةُ اللّه‏ِ؟ قالَ : معرفةُ أهلِ كلِّ زمانٍ إمامَهُمُ الّذي يَجبُ علَيهِم طاعتُهُ.

O People! Allah, exalted be His remembrance, has only created people so that they might know Him; and when they know Him they worship Him; and when they worship Him they become needless of worshipping others by His worship.’ A man asked him, ‘O son of the Prophet! May my parents be your ransom, what is meant by knowing Allah?’ He replied, ‘It is that the people of each era must know their ImÁm, to whom obedience is mandatory
Imām Husayn ibn ‘Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib (a.s.)
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 23, p. 83, no. 22; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 588

الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) ـ في جَوابِ زِنديقٍ سألَهُ : فَلِأيِّ عِلّةٍ خَلقَ الخَلقَ وهُو غيرُ مُحتاجٍ إليهِم ولا مُضْطرٍّ إلى خَلْقِهِم ، ولا يَليقُ بهِ التَّعَبُّثُ بِنا ؟ ـ : خلَقَهُم لإظهارِ حِكمتِهِ ، وإنْفاذِ علمِهِ ، وإمْضاءِ تَدبيرِهِ.

Imām Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sādiq (a.s.), when an atheist asked him, ‘For what purpose did He create humanity if He had no need for them and neither was he compelled to create them, and nor would it be proper for Him to create us in vain?’, replied, ‘He created them to reveal [to them] His wisdom, to execute His knowledge, and to carry out His plan.’
Imām Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sādiq (a.s.)
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 10, p. 167, no. 2; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 588

الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) ـ في قولهِ تعالى : «ولا يَزالونَ مُختلفينَ * إلّا مَن رَحِمَ ربُّكَ ولذلكَ خَلَقهم» ـ: خَلقَهُم لِيَفعَلوا ما يَسْتَوجِبونَ بهِ رَحمتَه فيَرْحَمَهُم.

Imām Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sādiq (a.s.)regarding the verse, but they continue to differ, except those on whom your Lord has mercy —and that is why He created them”, ‘He created them so that they may perform that which will render them deserving of the mercy of Allah, so that He may confer his mercy upon them.’
Imām Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sādiq (a.s.)
Nur al-Thaqalayn, v. 2, p. 404, no. 250; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 588

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : مِسكينٌ ابنُ آدمَ ! مَكْتومُ الأجَلِ ، مَكْنونُ العِلَلِ ، مَحْفوظُ العَملِ ، تُؤْلِمُهُ البَقَّةُ ، وتَقتُلُهُ الشَّرْقَةُ ، وتُنْتِنُهُ العَرْقَةُ.

Pitiable is the son of Adam! His death is hidden [from him], his illnesses are invisible, and his actions are recorded. A mosquito causes him pain, a gasp can kill him, and a little sweat makes him stink.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Sharhe Nahj al-Balagha by Abi al-Hadid, v. 20, p. 62; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 588

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : المرءُ بأصغَرَيْهِ : بقلبِهِ ولسانِهِ ، إنْ قاتَلَ قاتَلَ بجَنانٍ ، وإن نَطقَ نَطقَ ببَيانٍ.

Man [‘s worth] is measured according to his two little organs – his heart and his tongue – so that when he fights, he should do so with a firm heart, and when he speaks, he should do so with eloquence.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 2089; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 589