ibn Abbas (radiAllahu anhuma) said:
The scholars are above the believers by 100 levels, every 2 levels is 100 yrs.
تذكرة السامع و المتكلم ٢٥
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [rahimahullaah] said:
A desire for the afterlife cannot be achieved except by way of Zuhd Fid-Dunyaah [abstinence from everything (or worldly affair) that
Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (rahimahullah):
I did not write a single hadeeth except verily I acted on it, to the extent that it came to me that the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) was cupped and gave Abaa Tayba a deenar, so I was cupped and gave the
One chapter of knowledge I learn is more beloved to me than the worldly life and that which is in it.
(Hilyatul Awliyaa Vol.6 Page 271)
Shaykh Rabee Al-Madkhalee:
I will mention [something] from the etiquettes of Yahya Ibn Yahya An-Naysaabooree [in the path of seeking knowledge]:
He traveled from his city - Naysaaboor- to Imam Maalik, and took [i.e. studied, memorized etc] Al-Muwatta
Imam Ash-Shaafi’ee (rahimahullah) said:
“Knowledge is not that which has been memorised, it is that which benefits.”
Tadhkiratus Saami’ wal Mutakallim page 37