Sufyan on Dunya: Leave the worldly life for the rulers

Yahya ibn Abdil Malik reported: Sufyan al-Thawri, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Verily, the kings have left the Hereafter to you, so leave the world to them.”

Source: Siyar A’lām al-Nubalā’ 7/278

عَنْ يَحْيَى بن عَبْدِ المَلِكِ عَنْ سُفْيَانَ الثَّوْرِيّ رحمه الله قَالَ إِنَّ هَؤُلاَءِ المُلُوْكَ قَدْ تَرَكُوا لَكُمُ الآخِرَةَ فَاتْرُكُوا لَهُمُ الدُّنْيَا

7/278 سير أعلام النبلاء