100 Greatest Inspirational Quotes That Transcend Time, Language and Location.


“Love alone can explain the mysteries of Love.” 

— Rumi


“My religion is, to live through Love.” 

— Rumi


“Open your arms if you want the Beloved’s embrace.” 

— Rumi


“I hear a drum in my soul’s ear coming from the depth of the stars.” 

— Rumi


“The Inspiration You Seek
Is Already Within You.
Be Silent And Listen.” 

— Rumi


“You don’t see your own face, your own beauty
Yet, no face is more beautiful than yours…” 

— Rumi


“Pain is a treasure, for it contains mercies.” 

— Rumi


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

— Rumi


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

— Rumi


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

— Rumi


“Flow down and down in always widening rings of being.” 

— Rumi


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

— Rumi


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

— Rumi


“Beauty surrounds us.” 

— Rumi


“Reason is powerless in the expression of Love.” 

— Rumi


“Someone who does not run toward the allure of love walks a road where nothing lives.” 

— Rumi


“If you want to be more alive, love is the truest health.” 

— Rumi


“There is a community of the spirit. Join it, and feel the delight of walking in the noisy street and being the noise. Drink all your passion, and be a disgrace. Close both eyes to see with the other eye.” 

— Rumi


“Brother, stand the pain. Escape the poison of your impulses. The sky will bow to your beauty, if you do. Learn to light the candle. Rise with the sun. Turn away from the cave of your sleeping. That way a thorn expands to a rose.” 

— Rumi


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

— Rumi


“I don’t want learning, or dignity, or respectability. I want this music, and this dawn, and the warmth of your cheek against mine.” 

— Rumi


“The intelligent desire self-control; children want candy.” 

— Rumi


“Conventional opinion is the ruin of our souls.” 

— Rumi


“As you start to walk on the way, the way appears.” 

— Rumi


“Your body is away from me, but there is a window open from my heart to yours.” 

— Rumi




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


There’s courage involved if you want to become Truth. — Rumi


There is a Soul within the Soul. Seek it out. There is a Treasure in your mountain. Seek it Out. A mystic in motion, if that’s what you are, don’t seek out there; seek inside. — Rumi


My soul is my guide, for my soul is of that abode. I will not speak of the earthly. I am of the unknown. — Rumi


What I most want is to spring out of this personality, then to sit apart from that leaping. I’ve lived too long where I can be reached. — Rumi


There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled. — Rumi


Don’t seek the water; get thirst. — Rumi


Students of cunning have consumed their hearts and learned only tricks; they’ve thrown away real riches: patience, self-sacrifice, generosity. Rich thought opens the way. — Rumi


A lover in life will be a lover in death, a lover in the tomb, a lover in paradise, a lover on the day of resurrection. — Rumi


Kindle in thy heart the flame of love. — Rumi


The world is nothing but a moment. — Rumi


Lovers think they are looking for each other, but there is only one search: wandering This world is wandering that, both inside one transparent sky. In here there is no dogma and no heresy. — Rumi


Gamble everything for love, if you are a true human being. If not, leave this gathering. Half-heartedness doesn’t reach into majesty. — Rumi


Appear as you are, Be as you appear. — Rumi


When someone mentions the gracefulness of the night sky, climb up on the roof and dance and say, like this? — Rumi


The Earth turns to Gold, in the hands of the wise. — Rumi


The men of God are like fishes in the ocean; they pop up into view on the surface here and there and everywhere, as they please. — Rumi


The love religion is all that is written here. — Rumi


if i can only recount the story of my life right out of my body flames will grow. — Rumi


The cure for pain is in the pain. — Rumi


Be certain that in the religion of Love there are no believers and unbelievers. LOVE embraces all. — Rumi


Shine like the whole universe is yours. — Rumi


When you lose all sense of self the bonds of a thousands chains will vanish. Lose yourself completely, return to the root of the root of your own soul. — Rumi


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


Don’t make the body do what the spirit does best, and don’t put a big load on the spirit that the body could easily carry. — Rumi


Whoever acts with respect will get respect. — Rumi


Roar, lion of the heart, and tear me open! — Rumi


O my choice beauty You’ve gone But your love remains in my heart Your image in my eye O guide on my winding road I keep turning round and round in the hopes of Finding you. — Rumi


A craftsman pulled a reed from the reedbed, cut holes in it, and called it a human being. Since then, it’s been wailing a tender agony of parting, never mentioning the skill that gave it life as a flute. — Rumi


You must ask for what you really want. / Don’t go back to sleep. / The door is round and open. / Don’t go back to sleep. — Rumi


The rose’s rarest essence lives in the thorns. — Rumi


I am weary of personal worrying, in love with the art of madness. — Rumi


Soul receives from soul that knowledge, therefore not by book nor from tongue. If knowledge of mysteries come after emptiness of mind, that is illumination of heart. — Rumi


Because I cannot sleep i make music in the night. — Rumi


Hall of Love has ten thousand swords. Don’t be afraid to use one. — Rumi


The result of my life is no more than three words: I was raw, I became cooked, I was burnt. — Rumi


O Love, O pure deep Love, be here, be now, Be all – worlds dissolve into your stainless endless radiance, Frail living leaves burn with your brighter than cold stares – Make me your servant, your breath, your core. — Rumi


Love rests on no foundation. It is an endless ocean, with no beginning or end. — Rumi


In your light I learn how to love. — Rumi


I would love to kiss you. The price of kissing is your life. — Rumi


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. — Rumi


When you are with everyone but me, you’re with no one. When you are with no one but me, you’re with everyone. Instead of being so bound up with everyone, be everyone. When you become that many, you’re nothing. Empty. — Rumi


Soul, if you want to learn secrets,
your heart must forget about shame
and dignity. You are God’s lover,
yet you worry what people are saying. — Rumi


Love is the way messengers
from the mystery tell us things. — Rumi


Looking at my life
I see that only Love
Has been my soul’s companion
From deep inside
My soul cries out:
Do not wait, surrender
For the sake of Love. — Rumi


If you don’t try to fly and so break yourself apart, you will be broken open by death, when it’s too late for all you could become. — Rumi


God does not look at your outer forms,
but at the love within your love. — Rumi


Heart be brave. If you cannot be brave, just go. Love’s glory is not a small thing. — Rumi


We are the mirror – As well as the face in it. — Rumi


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


Fall in love in such a way that it frees you from any connecting. — Rumi


Mount the stallion of love and do not fear the path, love’s stallion knows the way exactly. With one leap, Love’s horse will carry you home. — Rumi


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


I will conquer the whole world and fill it with myself. — Rumi


Do you hear what the music is saying? ‘Come follow me and you will find the way. Your mistakes can also lead you to the truth. When you ask, the answer will be given.’ — Rumi


There is a force within that gives you life. Seek that. — Rumi


Love is an emotion. Totally silent and inexpressible with words. — Rumi


Every moment is made glorious by the light of love. — Rumi


All day I think about it, then at night I say it. Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing? I have no idea. My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that,and I intend to end up there. Who looks out with my eyes? What is the soul? I cannot stop asking. If I could taste one sip of an answer, I could break out of this prison for drunks. 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


Are you fleeing from Love because of a single humiliation?
What do you know of Love except the name?
Love has a hundred forms of pride and disdain,
and is gained by a hundred means of persuasion.
Since Love is loyal, it purchases one who is loyal:
it has no interest in a disloyal companion.
The human being resembles a tree; its root is a covenant with God:
that root must be cherished with all one’s might. — Rumi


You the one in all, say who I am.
Say I am you. — Rumi


Darkness is your candle.
Your boundaries are your quest. — Rumi


For only when faithfulness turns to betrayal And betrayal into trust Can any human being become part of the truth. — Rumi


There is nothing I want but your Presence. In friendship, time dissolves. — Rumi


Love’s nationality is separate from all other religions, The lover’s religion and nationality is the Beloved (God). The lover’s cause is separate from all other causes Love is the astrolabe of God’s mysteries. — Rumi


We are as the flute, and the music in us is from thee; we are as the mountain and the echo in us is from thee. — Rumi


Without you the instruments would die. One sits close beside you. Another takes a long kiss. The tambourine begs, Touch my skin so I can be myself. Let me feel you enter each limb bone by bone, that what died last night can be whole today. Why live some soberer way, and feel you ebbing out? I won’t do it. Either give me enough wine or leave me alone, now that I know how it is to be with you in constant conversation. — Rumi


Reality is blocked by form and image. — Rumi


Though Destiny a hundred times waylays you,in the end it pitches a tent for you in Heaven. It is God’s loving kindness to terrify you,in order to lead you to His Kingdom of safety. — Rumi


Are you jealous of the ocean’s generosity? Why would you refuse to give this joy to anyone? Fish don’t hold the sacred liquid in cups! They swim the huge fluid freedom. — Rumi


Our purpose here on earth: to manifest the very nature of our spirit, which is touched by the spirit of God. — Rumi


A new moon teaches gradualness
and deliberation and how one gives birth
to oneself slowly. Patience with small details
makes perfect a large work, like the universe.
What nine months of attention does for an embryo
forty early mornings will do for your gradually growing wholeness. — Rumi


The glance of Love is crystal clear. — Rumi


I am pure light, not just a fistful of clay. The shell is not me, I came as the royal pearl within. Look at me not with outward eye but with inward vision of the heart; Follow me there and see how unencumbered we become. — Rumi


We can’t help being thirsty, moving toward the voice of water. Milk drinkers draw close to the mother. Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, shamans, everyone hears the intelligent sound and moves with thirst to meet it. — Rumi


My dear soul, flee from the worthless, stay close only to those with a pure heart. Like attracts like. A crow will lead you to the graveyard, a parrot to a lump of sugar. — Rumi


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


Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi or zen. Not any religion or cultural system. I am not of the East, nor of the West….
My place is placeless, a trace of the traceless. — Rumi


You left ground and sky weeping, mind and soul full of grief. No one can take your place in existence, or in absence. Both mourn, the angels, the prophets, and this sadness I feel has taken from me the taste of language, so that I cannot say the flavor of my being apart. — Rumi


In fact, I am aware of the fake entities in my life.
I know that I can clear them if I wanted to in a moment.
But all this hollowness Needs my Sincerity. — Rumi


The day you were born, a ladder was set up to help you escape this world… — Rumi


She loved him so much she concealed his name in many phrases, the inner meanings known only to her. — Rumi


God’s purpose for man is to acquire a seeing eye and an understanding heart. — Rumi

War, like children’s fights, are meaningless, pitiless, and contemptible. — Rumi


Things are such that someone lifting a cup, or watching the rain, petting a dog, or singing, just singing – could be doing as much for this universe as anyone. — Rumi


To Love is to be God. Never will a Lover’s chest feel any sorrow. Never will a Lover’s robe be touched by mortals. Never will a Lover’s body be found buried in the earth. To Love is to be God. — Rumi


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. — Rumi


The Soul is a stranger trying to find a Home
somewhere that is not a where. — Rumi


THIS TORTURE Why should we tell you our love stories when you spill them together like blood in the dirt? Love is a pearl lost on the ocean floor, or a fire we can’t see, but how does saying that push us through the top of the head into the light above the head? Love is not an iron pot, so this boiling energy won’t help. Soul, heart, self. Beyond and within those is one saying, How long before I’m free of this torture! — Rumi


In Winter the bare boughs that seem to sleep Work covertly, preparing for their Spring. Stop looking for something out there and begin seeing within. — Rumi

Except for Love, nothing you see will remain forever. — Rumi


Infinite mercy flows continually
But you’re asleep and can’t see it. — Rumi


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. — Rumi


Thinking gives off smoke to prove the existence of fire. A mystic sits inside the burning. There are wonderful shapes in rising smoke that imagination loves to watch. But it’s a mistake to leave the fire for that filmy sight. Stay here at the flame’s core. — Rumi


Make my heart, O heart of the universe, a divine bird that nests only on the throne of God. — Rumi


Don’t be the rider who gallops all nightand never sees the horse that is beneath him. — Rumi


Submit to a daily practice. Your loyalty to that is a ring at the door. Keep knocking, and the joy inside will eventually open a window and look out to see who’s there. — Rumi


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


If you desire healing, let yourself fall ill let yourself fall ill. — Rumi


He whose intellect overcomes his lust is higher than the angels; he whose lust overcomes his intelligence is less than an animal. — Rumi


There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled. You feel it, don’t you? You feel the separation from the Beloved. Invite Him to fill you up, embrace the fire. — Rumi


Through love the devil becomes an angel.
Through love stones become soft as butter.
Through love grief is like delight.
Through love demons become the servants of God. — Rumi


Pale sunlight, pale the wall. Love moves away. The light changes I need more grace than I thought. — Rumi


I said: what about my eyes?
God said: Keep them on the road.
I said: what about my passion?
God said: Keep it burning.
I said: what about my heart?
God said: Tell me what you hold inside it?
I said: pain and sorrow?
He said: Stay with it. The wound is the place where the Light enters you. — Rumi


I am amazed at the seeker of purity
When time for polishing comes
Complaints of harsh treatment
Love is a lawsuit
Without evidence, you will not win
My son, when one beats the rug The beating is not intended against the rug
But against the dust inside the rug
My son, that harsh treatment
Is not intended against you
But against the ill qualities inside you. — Rumi


What strange beings we are! That sitting in hell at the bottom of the dark, we’re afraid of our own immortality. — Rumi


You know the value of every article of merchandise, but if you don’t know the value of your own soul, it’s all foolishness. — Rumi


Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down the dulcimer. Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. — Rumi


You think of yourself as a citizen of the universe. You think you belong to this world of dust and matter. Out of this dust you have created a personal image, and have forgotten about the essence of your true origin. — Rumi


We bury our seeds and wait,
Winter blocks the road,
Flowers are taken prisoner underground,
But then green justice tenders a spear. — Rumi


I’ve brought you a mirror. Look at yourself and remember me. — Rumi


Silence is an ocean. Speech is a river. — Rumi


Look at me as many times as you wish,
but you won’t get to know me!
Since you have last seen me,
I’ve changed a hundred times! — Rumi


The armies of the day have chased the army of the night, Heaven and earth are filled with purity and light. — Rumi


Soul of all souls, life of all life – you are That.
Seen and unseen, moving and unmoving – you are That.
The road that leads to the City is endless;
Go without head and feet
and you’ll already be there.
What else could you be? – you are That. — Rumi


The Heart that is not in love will fail the test. — Rumi


Faith in the king comes easily in lovely times, but be faithful now and endure, pale lover. — Rumi


Love, the supreme musician, is always playing in our souls. — Rumi


Each and every part of the world is a snare for the fool and a means of deliverance for the wise. — Rumi


The branch might seem like the fruit’s origin:
In fact, the branch exist because of the fruit. — Rumi


You lack a foot to travel? Then journey into yourself – that leads to transformation of dust into pure gold. — Rumi


I am so small I can hardly be seen. How can this great love be inside me? Look at your eyes. They are small, but they see enormous things. — Rumi


I have blossomed so much, I am the envy of the gardens. — Rumi


Someone who goes with a half a loaf of bread to a small place that fits like a nest around him, someone who wants no more, who is not himself longed for by anyone else. He is a letter to everyone. You open it. It says, Live. — Rumi


Don’t regret what’s happened.
If it’s in the past, LET IT GO.
Don’t even remember it! — Rumi


You transform all who are touched by you.
Mundane concerns, troubles, and sorrows
dissolve in your presence, bringing JOY. — Rumi


Words can fertilize space now and then; don’t deny yourself becoming enriched. — Rumi


Every moment, the sunlight
is totally empty and totally full. — Rumi


And if one of our instruments breaks, it doesn’t matter.
We have fallen into the place where everything is music. — Rumi


The soul which cannot endure fire and smoke won’t find the Secret. — Rumi


Sell your presence and purchase bewilderment. — Rumi


I become a waterwheel, turning and tasting you, as long as water moves. — Rumi


Love is the ark appointed for the righteous,
Which annuls the danger and provides a way of escape.
Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.
Cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment intuition. — Rumi


Behead yourself!… Dissolve your whole body into Vision: become seeing, seeing, seeing! — Rumi


I died from a mineral and plant became, Died from the plant, took a sentient frame; Died from the beast, donned a human dress – When by my dying did I ever grow less… — Rumi


The body is not hidden from the soul, nor is the soul hidden from the body, and yet the soul is not for everyone to see. — Rumi


The body itself is to reveal the light that’s blazing inside your Presence. — Rumi


Your way begins at the other side. Become the sky. — Rumi


Beyond ideas, there’s a field. Will you meet me there? — Rumi


The feelings trembled and flapped in his chest like a bird newly put in a cage. — Rumi


A pen went scribbling along. When it tried to write love, it broke. — Rumi


If you are seeking, seek us with joy For we live in the kingdom of joy. Do not give your heart to anything else But to the love of those who are clear joy, Do not stray into the neighborhood of despair. For there are hopes: they are real, they exist – Do not go in the direction of darkness – I tell you: suns exist. — Rumi


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. — Rumi


Be motivated like the falcon, hunt gloriously. Be magnificent as the leopard, fight to win. Spend less time with nightingales and peacocks. One is all talk, the other only color. — Rumi


No one can tell if I’m laughing or weeping. I wonder myself. — Rumi


In his mind she lay at his lap with his fingers gliding thru her straight beautiful hair. He smiles and says” your beauty lights up everything around you. — Rumi


And he misses her Like a wind starved sail He sits knowing what direction to go But the current keeps pulling him Down river. — Rumi


Sit quietly and listen for a voice that will say, “Be more silent.” As that happens, your soul starts to revive. — Rumi


You could string a hundred endless days together, My soul would find no comfort from this pain. You laugh at my tale? You may be educated But you haven’t learned to love till you’re insane. — Rumi


Feeling lonely and ignoble indicates that you haven’t been patient. — Rumi


A little while alone in your room
will prove more valuable than anything else
that could ever be given you. — Rumi


You dance inside my chest, where no one sees you. — Rumi


Looking up gives light, although at first it makes you dizzy. — Rumi


There is some kiss we want with the whole of our lives. — Rumi


You think the shadow is the substance. — Rumi


Friends are enemies sometimes, and enemies friends. — Rumi


Nightingales are put in cages because their songs give pleasure. Whoever heard of keeping a crow? — Rumi


No longer a stranger, you listen all day to these crazy love-words. Like a bee you fill hundreds of homes with honey, though yours is a long flight from here. — Rumi


Sometimes we plan a trip to one place, but something takes us to another. — Rumi


We are tasting the taste of eternity this minute. — Rumi


Everyone sees the unseen in proportion to the clarity of his hear. — Rumi


The Beloved is with you in the midst of your seeking! He holds your hand wherever you wander. — Rumi


For those who realize that everything is from God, everything is the same. — Rumi


Your heart mirrors not His love,
Rusty with your sins it is,
Remove this rust and you shall
Perceive how Glorious He is. — Rumi


This world is full of remedies. But you have no remedy until God opens a window for you. You may not be aware of that remedy just now. In the hour of need it will be made clear to you. The Prophet said God made a remedy for every pain. — Rumi


You rave about the Holy Place (Masjid al-Haram) and say you’ve visited God’s garden but where is your bunch of flowers? There is some merit in the suffering you have endured but what a pity you have not discovered the Makkah that’s inside — Rumi


Those loves which are for the sake of a color are not love. In the end they are a disgrace. — Rumi


If you do not possess the staff of caution and discrimination, use the eyes of him who sees. If there is no staff of caution and discrimination, do not wander on the road without a guide. — Rumi


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


All because of love when it arrived my temporal life from then on changed to eternal. — Rumi


We should ask God to help us toward manners. Inner gifts do not find their way to creatures without just respect. — Rumi