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A collection of quotes and sayings by Omar Khayyam on poems, books, rubaiyat, wine, death, life, solitude, happiness, soul, forever, thoughtful, hope and wise.

74 Famous Quotes By Omar Khayyam, The Man Who Donned Multiple Hats

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Famous As
Mathematician

Born On
May 18, 1048

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Born In
Nishapur, Iran

Died At Age

Omar Khayyam was a famed Persian poet, mathematician, and astronomer. His most remarkable work as a mathematician is ‘classification and solution of cubic equation’ in which intersections of conics provided the geometric solutions. As an astronomer , he came out with a calendar, which helped in reckoning time more accurately than the one by Pope Gregory XIII five centuries later. He also wrote poetry in form of quatrains. He gained acclaim for his poetry when the same was translated by ‘Edward FitzGerald’ for the English-reading world. We have created a corpus of popular quotes and sayings by by Omar Khayyam that have significantly contributed to his timeless fame.

Tomorrow! - Why, tomorrow I may be Myself with yesterday's sev'n thousand years.

- Omar Khayyam

Into this universe, and why not knowing Nor whence, like water willy-nilly flowing; And out of it, as wind along the wate, I know not whither, willy-nilly blowing.

- Omar Khayyam

You know, my friends, with what a brave carouse I made a Second Marriage in my house; favored old barren reason from my bed, and took the daughter of the vine to spouse.

- Omar Khayyam

To-day is thine to spend, but not to-morrow; Counting on morrows breedeth bankrupt sorrow: O squander not this breath that Heaven hath lent thee; Make not too sure another breath to borrow.

- Omar Khayyam

The Grape that can with Logic absolute The Two-and-Seventy jarring Sects confute: The sovereign Alchemist that in a trice Life's leaden metal into Gold transmute.

- Omar Khayyam

The entire world shall be populous with that action which saves one soul from despair.

- Omar Khayyam

Algebras are geometric facts which are proved.

- Omar Khayyam

Dust into Dust, and under Dust to lie, Sans Wine, sans Song, sans Singer, and-sans End!

- Omar Khayyam

Come, fill the Cup, and in the Fire of Spring The Winter Garment of Repentance fling: The Bird of Time has but a little way To fly-and Lo! the Bird is on the Wing.

- Omar Khayyam

Myself when young did eagerly frequent doctor and saint, and heard great argument about it and about: but evermore came out by the same door as in I went.

- Omar Khayyam

The Revelations of Devout and Learn'd Who rose before us, and as Prophets burn'd, Are all but Stories, which, awoke from Sleep They told their comrades, and to Sleep return'd.

- Omar Khayyam

Indeed the Idols I have loved so long, have done my credit in this World much wrong; have drowned my Glory in a shallow Cup, and sold my Reputation for a Song.

- Omar Khayyam

Here's to the man Who owns the land That bears the grapes That makes the wine That tastes as good As this does.

- Omar Khayyam

And this I know; whether the one True Light Kindle to Love, or Wrath consume me quite, One flash of it within the Tavern caught Better than in the temple lost outright.

- Omar Khayyam

Wake! For the Sun, who scatter'd into flight The Stars before him from the Field of Night, Drives Night along with them from Heav'n, and strikes The Sultan's Turret with a Shaft of Light

- Omar Khayyam

Think, in this batter'd Caravanserai Whose portals are alternate Night and Day, How Sultan after Sultan with his Pomp Abode his destin'd Hour and went his way.

- Omar Khayyam

He who has one enemy shall meet him everywhere.

- Omar Khayyam

The Flower that once has blown forever dies.

- Omar Khayyam

Heaven but the vision of fulfilled desire, and Hell the shadow from a soul on fire.

- Omar Khayyam

Ah Love! could you and I with him conspire To grasp this sorry Scheme of Things entire Would we not shatter it to bits-and then Re-mould it nearer to the Heart's Desire?

- Omar Khayyam

The moving finger writes; and having writ, moves on.

- Omar Khayyam

To friends and eke to foes true kindness show; No kindly heart unkindly deeds will do; Harshness will alienate a bosom friend. And kindness reconcile a deadly foe.

- Omar Khayyam

Fools, your reward is neither here nor there.

- Omar Khayyam

The unbeliever knows his Koran best.

- Omar Khayyam

I hide my distress, just likethe blessed birds hide themselveswhen they are preparing to die. Wine! Wine, roses, music and yourindifference to my sadness, my loved-one!

- Omar Khayyam

Awake, my Little ones, and fill the Cup Before Life's Liquor in its Cup be dry.

- Omar Khayyam

For in and out, above, about, below, 'Tis nothing but a Magic Shadow-show, Played in a Box whose Candle is the Sun, Round which we Phantom Figures come and go.

- Omar Khayyam

I can’t reveal the mystery to either saint or sinner; I can’t state at length what I’ve said curtly; I achieve an altered state that I can’t explain; I have a secret that I cannot share.

- Omar Khayyam

But helpless Pieces of the Game He plays Upon this Checker-board of Nights and Days; Hither and thither moves, and checks, and slays, And one by one back in the Closet lays.

- Omar Khayyam

This body is a tent which for a space Does the pure soul with kingly presence grace; When he departs, comes the tent-pitcher, Death, Strikes it, and moves to a new halting-place.

- Omar Khayyam

I hide my grief, just like the blessed birds hide themselves when they are preparing to die, my love.

- Omar Khayyam

Living Life Tomorrow's fate, though thou be wise, Thou canst not tell nor yet surmise; Pass, therefore, not today in vain, For it will never come again.

- Omar Khayyam

Drink! for you know not when you came, nor why; Drink! for you know not why you go, nor where.

- Omar Khayyam

We are in truth but pieces on this chess board of life, which in the end we leave, only to drop one by one into the grave of nothingness.

- Omar Khayyam

Oh! My beloved! fill the cup, that clears to-day of past regrets and future fears.

- Omar Khayyam

Justice is the soul of the universe.

- Omar Khayyam

The thoughtful soul to solitude retires.

- Omar Khayyam

Why ponder thus the future to foresee, and jade thy brain to vain perplexity? Cast off thy care, leave Allah’s plans to him – He formed them all without consulting thee.

- Omar Khayyam

Hearts are like tapers, which at beauteous eyes Kindle a flame of love that never dies; And beauty is a flame, where hearts, like moths, Offer themselves a burning sacrifice.

- Omar Khayyam

So I be written in the Book of Love. I do not care about that Book Above. Erase my name, or write it as you will. So I be written in the Book of Love.

- Omar Khayyam

Yes, the first morning of creation wrote what the last dawn of reckoning shall read.

- Omar Khayyam

You know how little while we have to stay, And, once departed, may return no more.

- Omar Khayyam

A hair divides what is false and true.

- Omar Khayyam

The secret must be kept from all non-people. The mystery must be hidden from all idiots.

- Omar Khayyam

Think not I dread to see my spirit fly, Through the dark gates of fell mortality; Death has no terrors when the life is true; 'Tis living ill that makes us fear to die.

- Omar Khayyam

When I want to understand what is happening today or try to decide what will happen tomorrow, I look back.

- Omar Khayyam

There was a door to which I found no key: There was the veil through which I might not see.

- Omar Khayyam

If I don't enjoy myself now, when shall I?

- Omar Khayyam

The rose that once has bloomed forever dies.

- Omar Khayyam

In monasteries, seminaries, retreats and synagogues, they fear hell and seek paradise. Those who know the mysteries of God never let that seed be planted in their souls.

- Omar Khayyam

My friend, let's not think of tomorrow, but let's enjoy this fleeting moment of life.

- Omar Khayyam

I came like Water, and like Wind I go.

- Omar Khayyam

The value of three things is justly appreciated by all classes of men: youth, by the old; health, by the diseased; and wealth, by the needy.

- Omar Khayyam

I have not asked for life. But I try to accept whatever life brings without surprise. And I shall depart again without having questioned anyone about my strange stay here on earth.

- Omar Khayyam

To be free of belief and unbelief is my religion.

- Omar Khayyam

I sent my Soul through the Invisible, Some letter of that After-life to spell: And by and by my Soul return'd to me, And answer'd: 'I Myself am Heav'n and Hell

- Omar Khayyam

A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou.

- Omar Khayyam

The moving finger writes, and having written moves on. Nor all thy piety nor all thy wit, can cancel half a line of it.

- Omar Khayyam

It’s too bad if a heart lacks fire, and is deprived of the light of a heart ablaze. The day on which you are without passionate love is the most wasted day of your life.

- Omar Khayyam

Dead yesterdays and unborn tomorrows, why fret about it, if today be sweet.

- Omar Khayyam

Give me a flagon of red wine, a book of verses, a loaf of bread, and a little idleness. If with such store I might sit by thy dear side in some lonely place, I should deem myself happier than a king in his kingdom.

- Omar Khayyam

Don't cry upon you losses Don't mesure today with tommorows Don't trust to passed and coming day Believe in now - and be happy today.

- Omar Khayyam

Drink wine. This is life eternal. This is all that youth will give you. It is the season for wine, roses and drunken friends. Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.

- Omar Khayyam

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.

- Omar Khayyam

To wisely live your life, you don't need to know much Just rememeber two main rules for the beginning: You better starve, than eat whatever And better be alone, than with whoever.

- Omar Khayyam

As far as you can avoid it, do not give grief to anyone. Never inflict your rage on another. If you hope for eternal rest, feel the pain yourself; but don’t hurt others.

- Omar Khayyam

Men talk of heaven, - there is no heaven but here; Men talk of hell, - there is no hell but here; Men of hereafters talk and future lives, - O love, there is no other life - but here.

- Omar Khayyam

How sad, a heart that does not know how to love, that does not know what it is to be drunk with love. If you are not in love, how can you enjoy the blinding light of the sun, the soft light of the moon?

- Omar Khayyam

Realise this: one day your soul will depart from your body and you will be drawn behind the curtain that floats between us and the unknown. While you wait for that moment, be happy, because you don't know where you came from and you don't know where you will be going.

- Omar Khayyam

We are thinking about bad only those who are worse than we are, and those who are better than us ... I'm just not up to us ... One does not follow it than smell roses. Another of the bitter herbs will produce honey. Give bread to one - will remember forever. Another life donation - do not understand ...

- Omar Khayyam

How much more of the mosque, of prayer and fasting? Better go drunk and begging round the taverns. Khayyam, drink wine, for soon this clay of yours Will make a cup, bowl, one day a jar. When once you hear the roses are in bloom, Then is the time, my love, to pour the wine; Houris and palaces and Heaven and Hell- These are but fairy-tales, forget them all.

- Omar Khayyam

When you are so full of sorrow that you can't walk, can't cry anymore, think about the green foliage that sparkles after the rain. When the daylight exhausts you, when you hope a final night will cover the world, think about the awakening of a young child.

- Omar Khayyam

You've seen the world, and all you've seen is nothing; and everything, as well, that you have said and heard is nothing. You've sprinted everywhere between here and the horizon; it is nothing. And all the possessions you've treasured up at home are nothing.

- Omar Khayyam

Old Khayyám, say you, is a debauchee;If only you were half so good as he!He sins no sins but gentle drunkenness,Great-hearted mirth, and kind adultery.But yours the cold heart, and the murderous tongue,The wintry soul that hates to hear a song,The close-shut fist, the mean and measuring eye,And all the little poisoned ways of wrong.

- Omar Khayyam