Our Salaf: Imaam Ahmad–I never wrote down a hadeeth except that……..
Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullaah) said:
”I never wrote down a hadeeth except that I acted on it at least once, so that it may not be a proof against me.”
[Quoted by: Shaikh Jamaal al-Fareehaan al-Haarithee in Ad-Durar Al-Manthoor Minal Qawl Al-Ma’thoor: page: 34. The Shaikh referenced the original source of this statement of Imaam Ahmad to Adabul Imlaa Wal-Istimlaa (323), Manaaqib Ahmad (179) and other sources]