97 Insightful Rumi Quotes That Will Continue To Guide Generations
Balk (present-day Afghanistan)
Rumi was an august Persian Sunni Muslim poet, theologian, jurist, Sufi mystic, and Islamic scholar, who lived during the 13th-century. His influence surpasses ethnic divisions and national borders. His spiritual legacy has been highly appreciated for past seven centuries. Rumi’s writings, thoughts and poems have been translated into a number of languages and have been converted into various formats. In the United States, Rumi has been described as the ‘top-selling’ and ‘the most popular’ poet. ‘Masnavi,’ which was composed in Konya, is considered to be one the most renowned poems in Persian language. His thoughts, writings and works have a large readership across the globe. We have covered some motivational thoughts and quotes by Rumi that will leave you thinking.
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. Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I'll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about. The wound is the place where the Light enters you. Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion. What you seek is seeking you. 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. Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form. Dance, when you're broken open. Dance, if you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free. If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished? You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life? Forget safety.
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
Be notorious. When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth. When I am with you, we stay up all night.
When you're not here, I can't go to sleep.
Praise God for those two insomnias!
And the difference between them. 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. Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there. Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. Silence is the language of god,
all else is poor translation. Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death. Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder. In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art. Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along. Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself. Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure. I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think. Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. 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? Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words. Travel brings power and love back into your life. Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. Be empty of worrying.
Think of who created thought!
Why do you stay in prison
When the door is so wide open? Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames 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. 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. A thousand half-loves must be forsaken to take one whole heart home. We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust. Suffering is a gift. In it is hidden mercy. Two there are who are never satisfied -- the lover of the world and the lover of knowledge. Sit, be still, and listen,
because you're drunk
and we're at
the edge of the roof. I know you're tired but come, this is the way. Either give me more wine or leave me alone. People want you to be happy.
Don't keep serving them your pain!
If you could untie your wings
and free your soul of jealousy,
you and everyone around you
would fly up like doves. I have lived on the lip
of insanity, wanting to know reasons,
knocking on a door. It opens.
I've been knocking from the inside. Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn't matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again , come , come. Be melting snow.
Wash yourself of yourself. Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love. 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. And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself? Start a huge, foolish project, like Noah…it makes absolutely no difference what people think of you. But listen to me. For one moment
quit being sad. Hear blessings
dropping their blossoms
around you. Respond to every call
that excites your spirit. 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! Reason is powerless in the expression of Love. A mountain keeps an echo deep inside. That's how I hold your voice. That which God said to the rose, and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty, He said to my heart, and made it a hundred times more beautiful. Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray. The cure for pain is in the pain. I closed my mouth and spoke to you in a hundred silent ways. Who could be so lucky? Who comes to a lake for water and sees the reflection of moon. You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens. What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle. You are the universe in ecstatic motion. You wander from room to room
Hunting for the diamond necklace
That is already around your neck! These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them. Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged I didn't come here of my own accord, and I can't leave that way.
Whoever brought me here will have to take me home. In Silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves. Only from the heart can you touch the sky. You think because you understand 'one' you must also understand 'two', because one and one make two. But you must also understand 'and'. I was dead, then alive.
Weeping, then laughing.
The power of love came into me,
and I became fierce like a lion,
then tender like the evening star. At night, I open the window
and ask the moon to come
and press its face against mine.
Breathe into me.
Close the language-door
and open the love-window.
The moon won't use the door,
only the window. The moon stays bright when it doesn't avoid the night. On a day
when the wind is perfect,
the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty.
Today is such a
day. Here is a relationship booster
that is guaranteed to
Every time your spouse or lover says something stupid
make your eyes light up as if you
just heard something
brilliant. Remember. The way you make love is the way God will be with you. Let the lover be disgraceful, crazy, absentminded. Someone sober will worry about things going badly. Let the lover be. Inside you there’s an artist you don’t know about… say yes quickly, if you know, if you’ve known it from before the beginning of the universe. If you desire healing,
let yourself fall ill
let yourself fall ill. Like a sculptor, if necessary,
carve a friend out of stone.
Realize that your inner sight is blind
and try to see a treasure in everyone. They say there is a doorway from heart to heart, but what is the use of a door when there are no walls? The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don't go back to sleep. When someone is counting out
gold for you, don't look at your hands,
or the gold. Look at the giver. When you feel a peaceful joy, that's when you are near truth. Put your thoughts to sleep,
do not let them cast a shadow
over the moon of your heart.
Let go of thinking. 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 Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. Within tears, find hidden laughter
Seek treasures amid ruins, sincere one.
My heart is so small
it's almost invisible.
How can You place
such big sorrows in it?
"Look," He answered,
"your eyes are even smaller,
yet they behold the world.
You are a volume in the divine book
A mirror to the power that created the universe
Whatever you want, ask it of yourself
Whatever you’re looking for can only be found
Inside of you
All people on the planet are children, except for a very few. No one is grown up except those free of desire.
Give up to grace. The ocean takes care of each wave 'til it gets to shore. You need more help than you know.
Moonlight floods the whole sky from horizon to horizon;
How much it can fill your room depends on its windows.
Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone's soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd. There is a secret medicine given only to those who hurt so hard they can't hope.
The hopers would feel slighted if they knew.