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150 Inspirational Rumi Quotes & Sayings

In this post, you will find 150 Inspirational Rumi Quotes and Sayings.

 

Rumi Quotes

 

“What you seek is seeking you.”

 

“Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.”

 

“If all you can do is crawl, start crawling.”

 

“There is a voice that doesn’t use words, listen.”

 

“Let silence take you to the core of life.”

 

“Let the beauty we love be what we do.”

 

“Let silence be the art you practice.”

 

“Whatever lifts the corners of your mouth, trust that.”

 

“In the blackest of your moments, wait with no fear.”

 

“Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love.”

 

“The lion is most handsome when looking for food.”

 

“I lost my hat while gazing at the moon, and then I lost my mind.”

 

“The whole universe is contained within a single human being – you.”

 

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.”

 

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop.”

 

“Life is balance of holding on and letting go.”

 

“These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.”

 

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”

 

“My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there.”

 

“Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.”

 

“Whether one moves slowly or with speed, the one who is a seeker will be a finder.”

 

“When the world pushes you to your knees, you’re in the perfect position to pray.”

 

“Don’t wait any longer. Dive in the ocean, leave and let the sea be you.”

 

“By God, when you see your beauty you will be the idol of yourself.”

 

“Let us carve gems out of our stony hearts and let them light our path to love.”

 

“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”

 

“The message behind the words is the voice of the heart.”

 

“Love is an emerald. Its brilliant light wards off dragons on this treacherous path.”

 

“You are not one you are a thousand. Just light your lantern.”

 

“In silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves.”

 

“Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots.”

 

“I am not this hair, I am not this skin, I am the soul that lives within.”

 

“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”

 

“It’s your road and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.”

 

“There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”

 

“I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.”

 

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”

 

“Whoever has heart’s doors wide open, could see the sun itself in every atom.”

 

“Discard yourself and thereby regain yourself. Spread the trap of humility and ensnare love.”

 

“Be full of sorrow, that you may become hill of joy; weep, that you may break into laughter.”

 

“All that you think is rain is not. Behind the veil angels sometimes weep.”

 

“You are not meant for crawling, so don’t. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly.”

 

“Wisdom tells us we are not worthy; love tells us we are. My life flows between the two.”

 

“Start a huge, foolish project, like Noah…it makes absolutely no difference what people think of you.”

 

“There is no salvation for the soul but to fall in love. Only lovers can escape out of these two worlds.”

 

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

 

“This is what love does and continues to do. It tastes like honey to adults and milk to children.”

 

“Seek the wisdom that will untie your knot. Seek the path that demands your whole being.”

 

“I once had a thousand desires. But in my one desire to know you all else melted away.”

 

“Anyone who genuinely and consistently with both hands looks for something, will find it.”

 

“If you love someone, you are always joined with them – in joy, in absence, in solitude, in strife.”

 

“Love sometimes wants to do us a great favor: hold us upside down and shake all the nonsense out.”

 

“This sky where we live is no place to lose your wings so love, love, love.”

 

“Very little grows on jagged rock. Be ground. Be crumbled, so wild flowers will come up where you are.”

 

“Don’t dismiss the heart, even if it’s filled with sorrow. God’s treasures are buried in broken hearts.”

 

“When someone beats a rug, the blows are not against the rug, but against the dust in it.”

 

“Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.”

 

“Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. I have tried prudent planning long enough. From now on I’ll be mad.”

 

“Join the community of saints and know the delight of your own soul. Enter the ruins of your heart and learn the meaning of humility.”

 

“Peaceful is the one who’s not concerned with having more or less. Unbound by name and fame, he is free from sorrow from the world and mostly from himself.”

 

“Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.”

 

“Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.”

 

“Whoever finds love beneath hurt and grief disappears into emptiness with a thousand new disguises.”

 

“This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.”

 

“Do good to the people for the sake of God or for the peace of your own soul that you may always see what is pure and save your heart from the darkness of hate.”

 

“There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled. There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled. You feel it, don’t you?”

 

“If you could get rid of yourself just once, the secret of secrets would open to you. The face of the unknown, hidden beyond the universe would appear on the mirror of your perception.”

 

“The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.”

 

“Make peace with the universe. Take joy in it. It will turn to gold. Resurrection will be now. Every moment, a new beauty.”

 

“Achieve some perfection yourself, so that you may not fall into sorrow by seeing the perfection in others.”

 

“Those who don’t feel this love pulling them like a river, those who don’t drink dawn like a cup of springwater or take in sunset like a supper, those who don’t want to change, let them sleep.”

 

“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.”

 

“Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and twice as beautiful as you’d ever imagined.”

 

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

 

“If in thirst you drink water from a cup, you see God in it. Those who are not in love with God will see only their own faces in it.”

 

“I have no companion but Love, no beginning, no end, no dawn. The soul calls from within me: ‘You, ignorant of the way of Love, set me free.”

 

“To become spiritual, you must die to self, and come alive in the Lord. Only then will the mysteries of God fall from your lips. To die to self through self-discipline causes suffering but brings you everlasting life.”

 

“Lovers have heartaches that can’t be cured by drugs or sleep, or games, but only by seeing their beloved.”

 

“There is a loneliness more precious than life. There is a freedom more precious than the world. Infinitely more precious than life and the world is that moment when one is alone with God.”

 

“On the path of love, we are neither masters nor the owners of our lives. We are only a brush in the hand of the master painter.”

 

“Knock, and He’ll open the door. Vanish, and He’ll make you shine like the sun. Fall, and He’ll raise you to the heavens. Become nothing, and He’ll turn you into everything.”

 

“I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul.”

 

“Sit quietly and listen for a voice that will say, “Be more silent.” As that happens, your soul starts to revive.”

 

“Observe the wonders as they occur around you. Don’t claim them. Feel the artistry moving through and be silent. Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes around in another form.”

 

“Now be silent. Let the One who creates the words speak. He made the door. He made the lock. He also made the key.”

 

“Something opens our wings. Something makes boredom and hurt disappear. Someone fills the cup in front of us: We taste only sacredness.”

 

“Ways of worshipping are not to be ranked as better or worse than one another… It’s all praise, and it’s all right.”

 

“Oh! Joy for he who has escaped from this world of perfumes and color! For beyond these colors and these perfumes, these are other colors in the heart and the soul.”

 

“We are all the same… all the same… longing to find our way back… back to the One… back to the only One!”

 

“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. Cleverness is mere opinion. Bewilderment brings intuitive knowledge.”

 

“God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites so that you will have two wings to fly, not one.”

 

“Be grateful for your life, every detail of it, and your face will come to shine like a sun, and everyone who sees it will be made glad and peaceful.”

 

“Every need brings what’s needed. Pain bears its cure like a child. Having nothing produces provisions. Ask a difficult question, and the marvelous answer appears.”

 

“The illuminated life can happen now, in the moments left. Die to your ego, and become a true human being.”

 

“The spirit is so near that you can’t see it! But reach for it… don’t be a jar, full of water, whose rim is always dry. Don’t be the rider who gallops all night and never sees the horse that is beneath him.”

 

“Travelers, it is late. Life’s sun is going to set. During these brief days that you have strength, be quick and spare no effort of your wings.”

 

“My words are like a ship, and the sea is their meaning. Come to me and I will take you to the depths of spirit. I will meet you there.”

 

“Be a helpful friend, and you will become a green tree with always new fruit, always deeper journeys into love.”

 

“In each moment the fire rages, it will burn away a hundred veils. And carry you a thousand steps toward your goal.”

 

“Stay with friends who support you in these. Talk with them about sacred texts, and how you are doing, and how they are doing, and keep your practices together.”

 

“Anything which is more than our necessity is Poison. It may be power, wealth, hunger, ego, greed, laziness, love, ambition, hate or anything.”

 

“A warm, rainy day-this is how it feels when friends get together. Friend refreshes friend then, as flowers do each other’s, in a spring rain.”

 

“Take someone who doesn’t keep score, who’s not looking to be richer, or afraid of losing, who has not the slightest interest even in his own personality: he’s free.”

 

“All people on the planet are children, except for a very few. No one is grown up except those free of desire.”

 

“Poetry can be dangerous, especially beautiful poetry, because it gives the illusion of having had the experience without actually going through it.”

 

“This place is a dream. Only a sleeper considers it real. Then death comes like dawn, and you wake up laughing at what you thought was your grief.”

 

“There is a life-force within your soul, seek that life. There is a gem in the mountain of your body, seek that mine. O traveller, if you are in search of that, don’t look outside, look inside yourself and seek that.”

 

“Don’t be sad! Because God sends hope in the most desperate moments. Don’t forget, the heaviest rain comes out of the darkest clouds.”

 

“In their seeking, wisdom and madness are one and the same. On the path of love, friend and stranger are one and the same.”

 

“Sorrow… It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.”

 

“You were born with potential. You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness. You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don’t. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly.”

 

“This silence, this moment, every moment, if it’s genuinely inside you, brings what you need. There’s nothing to believe. Only when I stopped believing in myself did I come into this beauty. Sit quietly, and listen for a voice that will say, ‘Be more silent.’ Die and be quiet. Quietness is the surest sign that you’ve died. Your old life was a frantic running from silence. Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence.”

 

“Love is the water of life. Everything other than love for the most beautiful God is agony of the spirit, though it be sugar-eating. What is agony of the spirit? To advance toward death without seizing hold of the water of life.”

 

“Oh soul, you worry too much. You have seen your own strength. You have seen your own beauty. You have seen your golden wings. Of anything less, why do you worry? You are in truth the soul, of the soul, of the soul.”

 

“Whatever happens to you, don’t fall in despair. Even if all the doors are closed, a secret path will be there for you that no one knows. You can’t see it yet but so many paradises are at the end of this path…Be grateful! It is easy to thank after obtaining what you want, thank before having what you want.”

 

“This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor… Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”

 

“Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others’ faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear.”

 

“Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place.”

 

“When you go through a hard period, when everything seems to oppose you, when you feel you cannot even bear one more minute, never give up! Because it is the time and place that the course will divert!”

 

“When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of distress and anxiety; If I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me, and without any pain. From this I understand that what I want also wants me, is looking for me and attracting me. There is a great secret in this for anyone who can grasp it.”

 

 

Rumi Poems About Love & Life

 

“The Privileged Lovers”

 

The moon has become a dancer

at this festival of love.

This dance of light,

This sacred blessing,

This divine love,

beckons us

to a world beyond

only lovers can see

with their eyes of fiery passion.

They are the chosen ones

who have surrendered.

Once they were particles of light

now they are the radiant sun.

They have left behind

the world of deceitful games.

They are the privileged lovers

who create a new world

with their eyes of fiery passion.

 

“The Meaning of Love”

 

Both light and shadow

are the dance of Love.

Love has no cause;

it is the astrolabe of  secrets.

Lover and Loving are inseparable

and timeless.

Although I may try to describe Love

when I experience it I am speechless.

Although I may try to write about Love

I am rendered helpless;

my pen breaks and the paper slips away

at the ineffable place

where Lover, Loving and Loved are one.

Every moment is made glorious

by the light of Love.

 

“Do You Love Me?”

 

A lover asked his beloved,

Do you love yourself more

than you love me?

The beloved replied,

I have died to myself

and I live for you.

I’ve disappeared from myself

and my attributes.

I am present only for you.

I have forgotten all my learning,

but from knowing you

I have become a scholar.

I have lost all my strength,

but from your power

I am able.

If I love myself

I love you.

If I love you

I love myself.

 

“Gone to the Unseen”

 

At last you have departed and gone to the Unseen.

What marvelous route did you take from this world?

Beating your wings and feathers,

you broke free from this cage.

Rising up to the sky

you attained the world of the soul.

You were a prized falcon trapped by an Old Woman.

Then you heard the drummer’s call

and flew beyond space and time.

As a lovesick nightingale, you flew among the owls.

Then came the scent of the rosegarden

and you flew off to meet the Rose.

The wine of this fleeting world

caused your head to ache.

Finally, you joined the tavern of Eternity.

Like an arrow, you sped from the bow

and went straight for the bull’s eye of bliss.

This phantom world gave you false signs

But you turned from the illusion

and journeyed to the land of truth.

You are now the Sun –

what need have you for a crown?

You have vanished from this world –

what need have you to tie your robe?

I’ve heard that you can barely see your soul.

But why look at all? –

yours is now the Soul of Souls!

O heart, what a wonderful bird you are.

Seeking divine heights,

Flapping your wings,

you smashed the pointed spears of your enemy.

The flowers flee from Autumn, but not you –

You are the fearless rose

that grows amidst the freezing wind.

Pouring down like the rain of heaven

you fell upon the rooftop of this world.

Then you ran in every direction

and escaped through the drain spout . . .

Now the words are over

and the pain they bring is gone.

Now you have gone to rest

in the arms of the Beloved.

 

“Love is the cure”

 

Love is the cure,

for your pain will keep giving birth to more pain

until your eyes constantly exhale love

as effortlessly as your body yields its scent.”

 

“I Throw it All Away”

 

You play with the great globe of union,

you that see everyone so clearly

and cannot be seen. Even universal

intelligence gets blurry when it thinks

you may leave. You came here alone,

but you create hundreds of new worlds.

Spring is a peacock flirting with

revelation. The rose gardens flame.

Ocean enters the boat. I throw

it all away, except this love for Shams.

 

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