The 13th-century Persian poet, Rumi also known as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, was one of the finest poets to have graced the earth, by his magical presence. Rumi’s contribution to poetry has made him omnipresent in the field of literature. His poems carry the aroma of spirituality, teaching us the meaning of life and sometimes stirring our hearts with words that come from his soul.
The Sufi mystic’s poems have been widely translated into many languages spoken around the world. Making his work accepted and admired by readers hailing from different countries and nations. Quotes and Thoughts by Rumi are not only mindful, spiritual and thought-provoking but they are also enlightening.
Sometimes, making our parched souls feel love, other times, reminding us how grateful we are to be blessed with life. To feel, to care, to love and to be the messengers of peace. If you too are in awe of Rumi’s work, then find some of the best quotes of Rumi here. Presenting you top 100 quotes by Rumi.
Rumi on Spirituality:
One of the marvels of the world: The sight of a soul sitting in prison with the key in its hand.
Don’t turn away. Keep your gaze on the bandaged place. That’s where the light enters you.
Respond to every call that excites your spirit.
Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion. (My personal favourite)
My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there.
You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop.
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 on Love:
Open your hands if you want to be held.
I am yours. Don’t give myself back to me.
Love is not an emotion, it’s your very existence.
I would love to kiss you. The price of kissing is your life.
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.
Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.
The heart has its own language. The heart knows a hundred thousand ways to speak.
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.
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing 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 on Self-Love:
Close your eyes, fall in love, stay there.
To praise the sun is to praise your own eyes.
You have within you more love than you could ever understand.
I am not this hair, I am not this skin, I am the soul that lives within.
Shine like the whole universe is yours.
When you seek love with all your heart you shall find its echo in the universe.
We came whirling out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust. The stars made a circle, and in the middle, we dance.
I am a drunkard from another kind of tavern. I dance to a silent tune. I am the symphony of stars.
Let the waters settle and you will see the moon and the stars mirrored in your own being.
If the foot of the trees were not tied to earth, they would be pursuing me. For I have blossomed so much, I am the envy of the gardens.
Rumi On Awakening Consciousness:
Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.
Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.
If light is in your heart, you will find your way home.
Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.
Whenever they rebuild an old building, they must first of all destroy the old one.
Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.
When water gets caught in habitual whirlpools, dig a way out through the bottom of the ocean.
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?
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.
Inspirational Quotes by Rumi:
Why are you so enchanted by this world, when a mine of gold lies within you?
You are not meant for crawling, so don’t. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly.
You were born with wings. Why prefer to crawl through life?
Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.
Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you. (Another favourite quote of mine)
Your heart is the size of an ocean. Go find yourself in its hidden depths.
When the world pushes you to your knees, you’re in the perfect position to pray.
I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.
Do not worry if all the candles in the world flicker and die. We have the spark that starts the fire.
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.
Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and twice as beautiful as you’d ever imagined.
Rumi on Valuable Lessons in Life:
Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself.
Let silence be the art you practice.
Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.
The whole universe is contained within a single human being – you.
A little while alone in your room will prove more valuable than anything else that could ever be given you.
Anyone who genuinely and consistently with both hands look for something, will find it.
Very little grows on jagged rock. Be ground. Be crumbled, so wild flowers will come up where you are.
Rumi on Pain and Heartbreaks:
Don’t get lost in your pain, know that one day your pain will become your cure.
The wound is the place where the Light enters you.
Now I am sober and there’s only the hangover and the memory of love.
Caught by our own thoughts, we worry about everything.
What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle.
Suffering is a gift; in its hidden mercy.
Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.
These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.
All your anxiety is because of your desire for harmony. Seek disharmony, then you will gain peace.
Rumi on Friendship:
There is a moon inside every human being. Learn to be companions with it.
Be with those who help your being.
Your heart and my heart are very, very old friends.
Rumi on Beauty:
Your light is more magnificent than sunrise or sunset.
The beauty you see in me is a reflection of you.
I lost my hat while gazing at the moon, and then I lost my mind.
Your radiance shines in every atom of creation yet our petty desires keep it hidden.
To me nothing in the world is as precious as a genuine smile, especially from a child.
Everything that is made beautiful and fair and lovely is made for the eye of one who sees.
The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart.
Rumi on Wisdom:
The world is a mountain, in which your words are echoed back to you.
Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?
The message behind the words is the voice of the heart.
Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots.
If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?
The very center of your heart is where life begins. The most beautiful place on earth.
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
When someone criticizes or disagrees with you, a small ant of hatred and antagonism is born in your heart. If you do not squash that ant at once, it might grow into a snake, or even a dragon.
Rumi on Truth and Light:
Truth lifts the heart, like water refreshes thirst.
What you seek is seeking you.
Concentrate on the Essence, concentrate on the light.
The soul has been given its own ears to hear things mind does not understand.
You are not one you are a thousand. Just light your lantern.
That which is false troubles the heart, but truth brings joyous tranquillity.
Anyone who knows me, should learn to know me again; For I am like the Moon, you will see me with new face everyday.
Moonlight floods the whole sky from horizon to horizon; how much it can fill your room depends on its windows.
I learned that every mortal will taste death. But only some will taste life.
Rumi on Sorrow and Grief:
Be full of sorrow, that you may become hill of joy; weep, that you may break into laughter.
Why should I be weary when every cell of my body is bursting with life?
All that you think is rain is not. Behind the veil angels sometimes weep.
Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.
Wherever water flows, life flourishes: wherever tears fall, divine mercy is shown.
Everyone is overridden by thoughts; that’s why they have so much heartache and sorrow.
I went inside my heart to see how it was. Something there makes me hear the whole world weeping.
Rumi on Kindness and Compassion:
Our greatest strength lies in the gentleness and tenderness of our heart.
Let’s rise above this animalistic behaviour and be kind to one another.
When we practice loving kindness and compassion we are the first ones to profit.
Rumi on Greed:
Greed makes man blind and foolish, and makes him an easy prey for death.
All people on the planet are children, except for a very few. No one is grown up except those free of desire.
If you want money more than anything, you’ll be bought and sold your whole life.
Anything which is more than our necessity is Poison. It may be power, wealth, hunger, ego, greed, laziness, love, ambition, hate or anything.
Rumi on Art:
Poetry can be dangerous, especially beautiful poetry, because it gives the illusion of having had the experience without actually going through it.
When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.
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.
Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.