Imaam Al-Awzaa’ee (rahimahullaah) said:

Be patient with yourself upon the Sunnah and stop were [Al-Qawm-the people (i.e. Sahaabah(1)] stopped; speak with what they spoke with; refrain from what they refrained from and follow the path of your righteous predecessors; for indeed what sufficed them suffices you. (2)
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(1) Al-Qawm in this context means the Salaf and the sahaabah being the foremost.  For further details,  see sharh mandhoomah Manhajul Haqq by Shaikh Abdur-Razzaaq Al-Badr. Tape 1 [ http://al-badr.net/sub/281]

(2) Reported by Imaam Al-Laalikaa’ee in Sharh Usool Al-Ittiqaad 1/154-155. Ibnul Jawzi in Talbees Iblees p: 8-9. Imaam Ibn Abdur Barr in Jaami Bayaan Al-Ilm 2/144.  Imaam Adh-Dhahabi in Siyar 7/120