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Best Rumi Quotes: 50 on Life and Wisdom

Rumi

Best Rumi Quotes: Rumi was a 13th-century Persian poet, Hanafi faqih, Islamic scholar, Maturidi theologian, and Sufi mystic originally from Greater Khorasan in Greater Iran. Rumi’s influence transcends national borders and ethnic divisions: Iranians, Tajiks, Turks, Greeks, Pashtuns, other Central Asian Muslims, and the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent have greatly appreciated his spiritual legacy for the past seven centuries. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world’s languages and transposed into various formats. Rumi’s works are written mostly in Persian, but occasionally he also used Turkish, Arabic, and Greek in his verse. Below we’ve compiled some of our favorite Rumi quotes for your enjoyment.

Common Questions about Rumi

What is Rumi famous for?

Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi was a 13th century Persian poet, an Islamic dervish and a Sufi mystic. He is regarded as one of the greatest spiritual masters and poetical intellects. Born in 1207 AD, he belonged to a family of learned theologians. He made use of everyday life’s circumstances to describe the spiritual world.

What was Rumi's real last name?

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī

What does Rumi mean in Persian?

The Persian poet, Sufi philosopher, and Muslim scholar Rumi — full name Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, though “Rumi” is actually a Persian shorthand for “Rome,” or “West” — was born in 1207, and has long since influenced artists and thinkers with his insightful poetry and prose.

Our Favorite Rumi Quotes

“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.”

“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.”

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”

“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.”

“What you seek is seeking you.”

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

“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.”

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

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

“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”

“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.”

“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.”

“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

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

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

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“silence is the language of god, all else is poor translation.”

“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”

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

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

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

“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.”

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

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

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

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

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

“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?”

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

“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.”

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“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.”

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

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

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

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

“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. 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.”

“Suffering is a gift. In it is hidden mercy.”

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

“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.”

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

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

“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.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

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

“You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.”

“Reason is powerless in the expression of Love.”

“The cure for pain is in the pain.”

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

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