Rumi Quotes That Could Change Your Life


These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them. Rumi

We carry inside us the wonders we seek outside us. Rumi

Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love. Rumi

You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop. Rumi

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

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

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

Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction. Rumi

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

If I love myself, I love you. If I love you, I love myself.

There is a life in you, search that life, search the secret jewel in the mountain of your body.

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.

My head is bursting with the joy of the unknown. My heart is expanding a thousand fold.

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

I should be suspicious of what I want.

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

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 round in another form.

Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place.

What you seek is seeking you.

Why should I be unhappy? Every parcel of my being is in full bloom.

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

You were born with wings. Why prefer to crawl through life?

Close your eyes, fall in love, stay there.

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

Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.

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.

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.

Half-heartedness doesn’t reach into majesty.

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

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.

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?

Let silence take you to the core of life.

Respond to every call that excites your spirit.

Look at the moon in the sky, not the one in the lake.

Only from the heart can you touch the sky. 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.

What matters is how quickly you do what your soul directs.

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

Let silence be the art you practice.

Why should I be weary when every cell of my body is bursting with life?

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.

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

Let your teacher be love itself.

When will you begin that long journey into yourself? Rumi

If destiny comes to help you, love will come to meet you. A life without love isn’t a life.

May these vows and this marriage be blessed.

Why are you knocking at every door? Go, knock at the door of your own heart.

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

Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.

To praise the sun is to praise your own eyes.

Laugh as much as you breathe. Love as long as you live.

When you feel a peaceful joy, that’s when you are near truth.

Joy lives concealed in grief.

Don’t make yourself miserable with what is to come or not to come.

You have within you more love than you could ever understand.

Love risks everything and asks for nothing.

What is planted in each person’s soul will sprout.

Love is the bridge between you and everything. Rumi

I learned that every mortal will taste death. But only some will taste life.

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

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

Caught by our own thoughts, we worry about everything.

When you seek love with all your heart you shall find its echo in the universe.

Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.

Gratitude is the wine for the soul. Go on. Get drunk.

With life as short as a half-taken breath, don’t plant anything but love.

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

If you want to win hearts, sow the seeds of Love. If you want heaven, stop scattering thorns on the road.

Clean out your ears, don’t listen for what you already know.

The source of now is here.

The desire to know your own soul will end all other desires.

Everything about yesterday has gone with yesterday. Today, it is needed to say new things.

Patience is the key to joy.

Be kind and honest, and harmful poisons will turn sweet inside you.

This turning toward what you deeply love saves you.

Be with those who help your being.

Silence gives answers.

Grace comes to forgive and then forgive again.

O, happy the soul that saw its own faults.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.

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

To me, nothing in the world is as precious as a genuine smile, especially from a child.

The intelligent desire self-control; children want candy.

If you want money more than anything, you’ll be bought and sold your whole life.

If light is in your heart, you will find your way home.

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.

If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?

Friend, our closeness is this: anywhere you put your foot, feel me in the firmness under you.

When you lose all sense of self, the bonds of a thousand chains will vanish.

Your radiance shines in every atom of creation yet our petty desires keep it hidden.

When a man makes up a story for his child, he becomes a father and a child together, listening.

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.

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

What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle. Rumi

Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.

Listen to the unstruck sounds, and what sifts through that music.

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

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

I am a child whose teacher is love surely my master won’t let me grow to be a fool.

Always search for your innermost nature in those you are with, as rose oil imbibes from roses.

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

I have neither a soul nor a body, for I come from the very Soul of all souls.

My friend, the sufi is the friend of the present moment. To say tomorrow is not our way.

Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.

Friendship of the wise is good; a wise enemy is better than a foolish friend.

What will our children do in the morning if they do not see us fly?

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.

Let’s rise above this animalistic behavior and be kind to one another.

Whenever sorrow comes, be kind to it. For God has placed a pearl in sorrow’s hand.

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.

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

Patience with small details makes perfect a large work, like the universe.

My heart, sit only with those who know and understand you.

Your depression is connected to your insolence and refusal to praise.

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

There is nothing I want but your presence. In friendship, time dissolves.

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

Study me as much as you like, you will never know me. For I differ a hundred ways from what you see me to be.

When I am with you, we stay up all night. When you’re not here, I can’t go to sleep.

If you are looking for a friend who is faultless, you will be friendless.

Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.

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.

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.’

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.

Why struggle to open a door between us when the whole wall is an illusion?

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.

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.

Concentrate on the Essence, concentrate on the light.

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

Two there are who are never satisfied – the lover of the world and the lover of knowledge.

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

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

Sit, be still, and listen.

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.

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

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

Be empty of worrying. Think of who created thought.

Death has nothing to do with going away. The sun sets. The moon sets. But they are not gone.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

The wealth within you, your essence, is your kingdom.

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

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

Whatever lifts the corners of your mouth, trust that.

Become the sky. Take an axe to the prison wall. Escape.

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

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

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.

Whatever happens, just keep smiling and lose yourself in love.

Beyond the rightness or wrongness of things there is a field, I’ll meet you there.

Be drunk with love, for love is all that exists.

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

As you start to walk on the way, the way appears. Rumi

The wound is the place where the light enters you.

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

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

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

A thousand half-loves must be forsaken to take one whole heart home.

Why ever talk of miracles when you are destined to become infinite love.

When we practice loving kindness and compassion we are the first ones to profit.

I am yours. Don’t give myself back to me.

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

Every moment is made glorious by the light of love.

Now I am sober and there’s only the hangover and the memory of love.

Let yourself become living poetry.

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

The lion is most handsome when looking for food.

The garden of the world has no limit except in your mind.

Either give me more wine or leave me alone.

This is a subtle truth. Whatever you love, you are.

There is a path from me to you that I am constantly looking for.

Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.

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

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

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.

The moment you accept what troubles you’ve been given, the door will open. Rumi

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

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Tend to your vital heart, and all that you worry about will be solved.

Come out of the circle of time and into the circle of love.

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.

Be soulful. Be kind. 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.

Be an empty page, untouched by words.

Do not worry if all the candles in the world flicker and die. We have the spark that starts the fire.

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

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

The soul has been given its own ears to hear things mind does not understand.

If all you can do is crawl, start crawling.

With every breath, I plant the seeds of devotion, I am a farmer of the heart.

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

Keep silent, because the world of silence is a vast fullness. Rumi

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

When I am silent, I fall into the place where everything is music.

Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?

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.

Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.

Conventional opinion is the ruin of our souls.

The time has come to turn your heart into a temple of fire.

Whatever purifies you is the right path, I will not try to define it.

Open your hands if you want to be held.

The world is a mountain, in which your words are echoed back to you.

Gamble everything for love, if you are a true human being. Halfheartedness does not reach into majesty!

Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself.

Let go of your mind and then be mindful. Close your ears and listen.

The soul is here for its own joy.

Seek the sound that never ceases. Seek the sun that never sets.

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

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

All your anxiety is because of your desire for harmony. Seek disharmony, then you will gain peace.

I know you’re tired but come, this is the way.

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

Work. Keep digging your well. Water is there somewhere.

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

Inside any deep asking is the answering.

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

Whenever they rebuild an old building, they must first of all destroy the old one. Rumi

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

Dance until you shatter yourself.

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

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

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.

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