Ibnul-Qayyim; His Books vs. His Wife
“Ibnul-Qayyim! His zeal for knowledge was great! He acquired his knowledge from the scholars he acquired from when he was young and took from them in person. Then when he got married, his wife came to him scented with perfume and she stood by his head! He was laying on the floor with his papers and books. So he raised his head to her. He said, “I looked at her and behold, she was such and such …” meaning; she had prepared and beautified herself, and perfumed herself for him. He said, “Then I lowered my head to my papers and carried on. And my wife left and slept” – because he didn’t use to turn to her much.
However, what is obligatory is to give every person deserving of a right, his or her right, as there came in his statement (صلى الله عليه وسلم): “And your family has over you a right.”
Howbeit, sometimes the zeal, the passion and eagerness increase, and so a man inclines towards his knowledge and away from something which he needs. So he ends up choosing that which strengthens what he’s attached to at the time, and that is knowledge, writing, researching and authoring.”
Liqāāt wa Jalasāt li Ma’ālī As-Shaykh Sālih bin Abdil-‘Azīz Āli-Shaykh, 1/488.