Rumi Quotes

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These Rumi quotes are an example of mystic or esoteric wisdom that transcend religions, spiritualities, cultural, and ethnic boundaries.  Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (جلال‌الدین محمد رومی), or Rumi (30 September 1207 – 17 December 1273), was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic. Iranians, Turks, Afghans, Tajiks, and other Central Asian Muslims as well as the Muslims of South Asia have greatly appreciated his spiritual legacy in the past seven centuries.  Rumi's wisdom transcends national or ethnic boundaries.  In 2007, he was described as the "most popular poet in America."

“And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth,
"You owe me."
Look what happens with love like that.
It lights up the sky.”
― Rumi spiritual quote

“Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”
― Rumi, Essential Rumi

“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.”
― Rumi mystic quote

“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?”
― Rumi

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
― Rumi mystic quote

“What you seek is seeking you.”
― Rumi

“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”
― Rumi quote

“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”
― Rumi spiritual quote

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

“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.”
― Rumi quote


“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.”
― Rumi

“Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”
― Rumi spiritual quote

“Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.”
― Rumi

“Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.”
― Rumi quote

“Travel brings power and love back into your life.”
― Rumi

“Be empty of worrying.
Think of who created thought!
Why do you stay in prison
When the door is so wide open?”
― Rumi quote from The Essential Rumi

“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.”
― Rumi

“A thousand half-loves must be forsaken to take one whole heart home.”
― Rumi quote, Words of Paradise: Selected Poems of Rumi

“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.”
― Rumi

“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.”
― Rumi quote

“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”
― Rumi, Masnavi i Man'avi, the spiritual couplets of Maula

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

“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.”
― Rumi quote

“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.”
― Rumi

“Forget safety.
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
Be notorious.”
― Rumi quote

“Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.”
― Rumi

“My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there.”
― Rumi mystic quote

“I want to see you.
Know your voice. Recognize you when you
first come 'round the corner.
Sense your scent when I come
into a room you've just left.
Know the lift of your heel,
the glide of your foot.
Become familiar with the way
you purse your lips
then let them part,
just the slightest bit,
when I lean in to your space
and kiss you.
I want to know the joy
of how you whisper
"more”
― Rumi quote

“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.”
― Rumi

“Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.”
― Rumi

“Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation.”
― Rumi quote

“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?”
― Rumi

“Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.”
― Rumi

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

“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.”
― Rumi, The Illuminated Rumi

“Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”
― Rumi

“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.”
― Rumi

“We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust.”
― Rumi quote

“Sit, be still, and listen,
because you're drunk
and we're at
the edge of the roof.”
― Rumi

“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.”
― Rumi mystic quote

“Two there are who are never satisfied -- the lover of the world and the lover of knowledge.”
― Rumi

“Either give me more wine or leave me alone.”
― Rumi spiritual quote

“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.”
― Rumi

“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.”
― Rumi quote

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

“But listen to me. For one moment
quit being sad. Hear blessings
dropping their blossoms
around you.”
― Rumi

“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.”
― Rumi spiritual quote

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

“Suffering is a gift. In it is hidden mercy.”
― Rumi quote

“Reason is powerless in the expression of Love.”
― Rumi

“A mountain keeps an echo deep inside. That's how I hold your voice.”
― Rumi

“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.”
― Rumi

“Be like melting snow -- wash yourself of yourself.”
― Rumi mystic quote

“I know you're tired but come, this is the way.”
― Rumi

“Who could be so lucky? Who comes to a lake for water and sees the reflection of moon.”
― Rumi quote

“And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?”
― Rumi

“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames”
― Rumi

“You try to be faithful
And sometimes you're cruel.
You are mine. Then, you leave.
Without you, I can't cope.
And when you take the lead,
I become your footstep.
Your absence leaves a void.
Without you, I can't cope.
You have disturbed my sleep,
You have wrecked my image.
You have set me apart.
Without you, I can't cope.”
― Rumi, Love: The Joy That Wounds: The Love Poems of Rumi

“An eye is meant to see things.
The soul is here for its own joy.
A head has one use: For loving a true love.
Feet: To chase after.
Love is for vanishing into the sky. The mind,
for learning what men have done and tried to do.
Mysteries are not to be solved: The eye goes blind
when it only wants to see why.
A lover is always accused of something.
But when he finds his love, whatever was lost
in the looking comes back completely changed.”
― Rumi, Night and Sleep

“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.”
― Rumi quote

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