100 Inspirational Quotes and Saying From One of The Greatest Mystical Poets of All Time.


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

— Rumi



For years, copying other people, I tried to know myself. From within, I couldn’t decide what to do. Unable to see, I heard my name being called. Then I walked outside. 

— Rumi



Sorrows are the rags of old clothes and jackets that serve to cover, and then are taken off. That undressing, and the beautiful naked body underneath, is the sweetness that comes after grief. 

— Rumi



You are the Essence of the Essence, The intoxication of Love. I long to sing Your Praises but stand mute with the agony of wishing in my heart! 

— Rumi



Don’t put blankets over the drum! Open completely. Let your spirit ear listen to the green dome’s passionate murmur. 

— Rumi



I’m dominated by Love, By my passion of love for Love. 

— Rumi



If thou wilt be observant and vigilant, thou wilt see at every moment the response to thy action. Be observant if thou wouldst have a pure heart, for something is born to thee in consequence of every action. 

— Rumi



One drop of that ocean is Hope, and the rest is fear. 

— Rumi



If you wish for light, Be ready to receive light. 

— Rumi



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

— Rumi



Journey from the self to the Self and find the mine of gold. Leave behind what is sour and bitter and move toward the sweet. 

— Rumi



Know that a word suddenly shot from the tongue is like an arrow shot from the bow. Son, that arrow won’t turn back on its way; you must damn the torrent at its source. 

— Rumi



I am burning. If anyone lacks tinder, let him set his rubbish ablaze with my fire. 

— Rumi



Who could be so lucky? Who comes to a lake for water and sees the reflection of moon. 

— Rumi



Don’t knock on any random door like a beggar. Reach your long hand out to another door, beyond where you go on the street, the street where everyone says, “How are you?” and no one says How aren’t you? 

— Rumi



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

— Rumi



Love so needs to love that it will endure almost anything, even abuse, just to flicker for a moment. But the sky’s mouth is kind, its song will never hurt you, for I sing those words. 

— Rumi



The heart is cooking a pot of food for you. Be patient until it is cooked. 

— Rumi



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

— Rumi



I found the Divine within my Heart. 

— Rumi



Who says the eternal being does not exist? Who says the sun has gone out? Someone who climbs up on the roof and closes his eyes tight, and says, I don’t see anything. 

— Rumi



Escape from the black cloud that surrounds you.
Then you will see your own light as radiant as the full moon. 

— Rumi



Each moment contains a hundred messages from God. 

— Rumi



IGNORANCE I didn’t know love would make me this crazy, with my eyes like the river Ceyhun carrying me in its rapids out to sea,where every bit of shattered boat sinks to the bottom. An alligator lifts its head and swallows the ocean, then the ocean floor becomes a desert covering the alligator in sand drifts. Changes do happen. I do not know how, or what remains of what has disappeared into the absolute. I hear so many stories and explanations, but I keep quiet, because I don’t know anything, and because something I swallowed in the ocean has made me completely content with ignorance. 

— Rumi



You are not just the drop in the ocean. You are the mighty ocean in the drop. 

— Rumi


The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep. — Rumi


Love Came….
and became like blood in my body.
It rushed through my veins and
encircled my Heart.

Everywhere I looked,
I saw One Thing….
Love’s Name written
on my limbs,
on my left palm,
on my forehead,
on the back of my neck,
on my right big toe…

Oh, my friend,
all that you see of me
is just a shell,
and the rest belongs to Love. — Rumi


Bitter your acts, bitter am I, Kindness your deeds, kindness am I, Pleasant and gentle, so you are, Fine honeyed lips and sweet talker. — Rumi


The unseen presence keeps saying to us,
‘You are Joy!’ — Rumi


Love is an endless ocean, with no beginning or end. Imagine, a suspended ocean, riding on a cushion of ancient secrets. — Rumi


What does this patch-sewing mean you ask? Eating and drinking. The heavy cloak of the body is always getting torn. You patch it with food and other ego-satisfactions. — Rumi


Are you searching for your soul?
Then come out of your own prison. — Rumi


Wisdom is like the rain. Its source is limitless, but it comes down according to the season. — Rumi


There is a morning inside you waiting to burst open into light. — Rumi


Your grief for what you’ve lost lifts a mirror up to where you’re bravely working. — Rumi


Dance until you shatter yourself. — Rumi


God picks up the reed-flute world and blows. Each note is a need coming through one of us, a passion, a longing pain. Remember the lips where the wind-breath originated, and let your note be clear. Don’t try to end it. Be your note. — Rumi


Be empty of worrying. Think of who created thought! Why do you stay in prison When the door is so wide open? — Rumi


Truth lifts the heart, like water refreshes thirst. — Rumi


Ways of worshipping are not to be ranked as better or worse than one another… It’s all praise, and it’s all right. — Rumi


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


Now is the time to unite the soul and the world. Now is the time to see the sunlight dancing as one with the shadows. — Rumi


I am so close, I may look distant. — Rumi


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


The spiritual path wrecks the body And afterwards restores it to health. It destroys the house to unearth the treasure, And with that treasure builds it better than before. — Rumi


We are the Sun with all the different
kinds of Light. — Rumi


There is a way between voice and presence, where information flows. In disciplined silence it opens; with wandering talk it closes. — Rumi


The lover never despairs.
For a committed heart everything is possible. — Rumi


If someone asks,
But what is Love?
Dissolving the will. — Rumi


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


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


Bathe in the splendor of your own Light. — Rumi


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


Soul of all souls, life of all life – you are That.
Seen and unseen, moving and unmoving – you are That. — Rumi


I am the glorious sun, the ocean laden with pearls. Within my heart is the grandeur of heaven. — Rumi


No prayer is complete without presence. — Rumi


You can accomplish a hundred other things but if you do not accomplish the one thing for which you have been sent, it will be as if you have done nothing. — Rumi


Stop, open up, surrender the beloved blind silence.
Stay there until you see you’re looking at the light
with infinite eyes. — Rumi


Be silent. That heart speaks without tongue or lips. — Rumi


Just as the heart becomes carefree in a place of green, growing plants, goodwill and kindness are born when our souls enter happiness. — Rumi


Listen to the sound of waves within you. — Rumi


What a piece of bread looks like depends on whether you are hungry or not. — Rumi


If you look too closely at the form, you miss the Essence. — Rumi


When setting out on a journey do not seek advice from someone who never left home.
The sky will bow down to your beauty, if you do. — Rumi


If reason dominates in man, he rises higher than angels. If lust overpowers man, he descends lower than the beast. — Rumi


When the light returns to its source, it takes nothing of what it has illuminated. — Rumi


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


You are the soul of the soul of the universe, and your name is Love. — Rumi


Every moment, a voice, out of this world, calls on our soul, to wake up and rise. — Rumi


Rush out in the rain to be soaked with the sky. — Rumi


I can sense your presence in my Heart although you belong to all the world. — Rumi


I will be waiting here…. For your silence to break, For your soul to shake, For your love to wake! — Rumi


World power means nothing. Only the unsayable, jeweled inner life matters. — Rumi


In the middle of my heart, a star appeared, and the seven heavens were lost in its brilliance. — Rumi


Embark on the journey of LOVE. It takes you from yourself to yourself. — Rumi


I closed my mouth and spoke to you in a hundred silent ways. — Rumi


The breath of the flute player: does it belong to the flute? — Rumi


Remember, the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you. — Rumi


The universe and the light of the stars come through me. — Rumi


Peaceful is the one who is not concerned with having more or less. — Rumi


Love is from the infinite, and will remain until eternity. The seeker of love escapes the chains of birth and death. Tomorrow, when resurrection comes, The heart that is not in love will fail the test. — Rumi


As you live Deeper in the Heart, the Mirror gets clearer and cleaner. — Rumi


O Love, O pure deep Love, be here, be now, be all… — Rumi


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. — Rumi


Snake’s poison is life to the snake; it is in relation to man that it means “death. — Rumi


Respond to every call that excites your spirit. — Rumi


A true Lover is proved such by his pain of Heart!
No sickness is there like sickness of Heart!!! — Rumi


Whoever is loved is beautiful, but the opposite is not true, that whoever is beautiful is loved. — Rumi


Go back, go back to sleep. Yes, you are allowed. You who have no Love in your heart, you can go back to sleep. The power of Love is exclusive to us, you can go back to sleep. I have been burnt by the fire of Love. You who have no such yearning in your heart, go back to sleep. The path of Love, has seventy-two folds and countless facets. Your love and religion is all about deceit, control and hypocrisy, go back to sleep. I have torn to pieces my robe of speech, and have let go of the desire to converse. You who are not naked yet, you can go back to sleep. — Rumi


No one knows what makes the soul wake up so happy! Maybe a dawn breeze has blown the veil from the face of God. — Rumi


Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu, Buddhist, sufi, or zen. Not any religion or cultural system. I am not from the East or the West, not out of the ocean or up from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not composed of elements at all. I do not exist, am not an entity in this world or the next, did not descend from Adam or Eve or any origin story. My place is placeless, a trace of the traceless. Neither body or soul. I belong to the beloved, have seen the two worlds as one and that one call to and know, first, last, outer, inner, only that breath breathing human being. — Rumi


The lion who breaks the enemy’s ranks is a minor hero compared to the lion who overcomes himself. — Rumi


What you have despised in yourself
as a thorn opens into a rose. — Rumi


The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you. — Rumi


The leaf of every tree brings a message from the unseen world. Look, every falling leaf is a blessing. — Rumi


To praise is to praise how one surrenders to the emptiness. — Rumi


A wealth you cannot imagine flows through you. — Rumi


Let your Teacher be Love itself. — Rumi


I wonder from these thousand of “me’s”, which one am I? Listen to my cry, do not drown my voice I am completely filled with the thought of you. Don’t lay broken glass on my path I will crush it into dust. I am nothing, just a mirror in the palm of your hand, reflecting your kindness, your sadness, your anger. If you were a blade of grass or a tiny flower I will pitch my tent in your shadow. Only your presence revives my withered heart. You are the candle that lights the whole world and I am an empty vessel for your light. — Rumi


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


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


On this path let the heart be your guide. — Rumi


Of all you see, only love is infinite. — Rumi


Beyond what we wish
and what we fear may happen
we have another life,
as clear and free as a mountain stream. — Rumi


Yesterday is gone and took away its tale.
Today we must live a fresh story again. — Rumi


Giving thanks for abundance is sweeter than the abundance itself… — Rumi


I was dead, then alive. Weeping, then laughing. The power of love came into me, and I became fierce like a lion, then tender like the evening star. — Rumi


And so it is, that both the Devil and the angelic Spirit present us with objects of desire to awaken our power of choice. — Rumi


It is as if a king had sent you to a country to carry out one special, specific task. You go to the country and you perform a hundred other tasks, but if you have not performed the task you were sent for, it is as if you have done nothing at all. So people have come into the world for particular tasks, and that is our purpose. If we don’t perform it, we will have done nothing. — Rumi


The miracle of Jesus is himself, not what he said or did. — Rumi


If your heart isn’t yet illumined
Be awake always, be a seeker of the heart,
Be at war continually with your carnal soul.
But if your heart is already awakened,
Sleep peacefully, sleep in the arms of Love. — Rumi


people want you to be happy, don’t keep serving them your pain. — Rumi


Everything that you want, you are already that. — Rumi


What a relief to be empty! Then God can live your life. — Rumi


You are an ocean in a drop of dew, all the universes in a thin sack of blood. What are these pleasures then, these joys, these worlds that you keep reaching for, hoping they will make you more alive? — Rumi


Your task?
To work with all the passion of your being to acquire an inner light. — Rumi


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


Remember God so much that you are forgotten. Let the caller and the called disappear; be lost in the Call. — Rumi


Poems are rough notations for the music we are. — Rumi


There’s no one with intelligence in this town except that man over there playing with the children, the one riding the stick horse. He has keen, fiery insight and vast dignity like the night sky, but he conceals it in the madness of child’s play. — Rumi


There is no room for hypocrisy. Why use bitter soup for healing when sweet water is everywhere? — Rumi


Enough of these phrases, conceit and metaphors,
I want burning, burning, burning. — Rumi


God (in His mercy) accepts false coin. — Rumi


I belong to no religion. My religion is love. Every heart is my temple. — Rumi


Love risks everything and asks for nothing. — Rumi


Carry your baggage towards silence , when you seek the signs of the way. — Rumi


If you are wholly perplexed and in straits, have patience, for patience is the key to joy. — Rumi


Love is language that cannot be said, or heard. — Rumi


A secret freedom opens through a crevice you can barely see. — Rumi


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


Knowest thou not the beauty of thine own face? Quit this temper that leads thee to war with thyself. — Rumi


Treasure is stored in the ruined places.
Do not break the hearts of the poor
and heartbroken people. — Rumi


Love is the house of God and you are living in that house. — Rumi


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. — Rumi


Paradise is surrounded by what we dislike; the fires of hell are surrounded by what we desire. — Rumi


Since in order to speak, one must first listen, learn to speak by listening. — Rumi


You already have the precious mixture that will make you well. Use it.   — Rumi


Come sit with me! Let us drink the holy wine of happiness. — Rumi


Open your hands if you want to be held. — Rumi


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


There is a light seed grain inside. You fill it with yourself, or it dies. — Rumi


There is no salvation for the soul but to fall in Love. Only lovers can escape out of these two worlds. This was ordained in creation. Only from the heart can you reach the sky: The Rose of Glory can grow only from the heart. — Rumi


Submit to love without thinking. — Rumi


When love itself comes to kiss you, don’t hold back! — Rumi


Speak with the language of love. — Rumi


We often need to be refreshed. — Rumi


Smiles come best from those who weep. — Rumi


is an ocean. Speech is a river. When the ocean is searching for you, don’t walk
into the language-river. Listen to the ocean,
and bring your talky business to an end Traditional words are just babbling
in that presence, and babbling is a substitute
for sight. — Rumi


Lightning, your presence from ground to sky, no one knows what becomes of me, when you take me so quickly. — Rumi


Who gets up early to discover the moment light begins? — Rumi


Your legs will get heavy and tired. Then comes a moment of feeling the wings you’ve grown, lifting. — Rumi


And if you are a rose, I am rose-shadow. — Rumi


I turn all thorn then, but you come back again and make my thorniness fragrant and pink and petaled. — Rumi


Try another way of looking. Try you looking and the whole universe seeing. — Rumi


They try to say what you are, spiritual or sexual? They wonder about Solomon and all his wives. In the body of the world, they say, there is a soul and you are that. But we have ways within each other that will never be said by anyone. — Rumi


All my feelings have the color you desire to paint. — Rumi


Reason is like an officer when the king appears. The officer then loses his power and hides himself. Reason is the shadow cast by God; God is the sun. — Rumi


For sixty years I have been forgetful every minute, but not for a second has this flowing toward me stopped or slowed. — Rumi


I should be suspicious of what I want. — Rumi


Wherever water flows, life flourishes:
wherever tears fall, Divine mercy is shown. — Rumi


Don’t be fooled by my beauty –
the light of my face
comes from the candle of my spirit. — Rumi


The whole business of love is to drown in the sea. — Rumi


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


I will find new meaning in every joy and sorrow. — Rumi


There is a window from one heart to another heart. — Rumi


It is Love that holds everything together, and it is the everything also. — Rumi


I want a trouble-maker for a lover, Blood spiller, blood drinker, a heart of flame, Who quarrels with the sky and fights with fate, Who burns like fire on the rushing sea. — Rumi


Love is the water of life, jump into this water. — Rumi


Live in the opening where
there is no door to hide behind. — Rumi


Forget every touch or sound that did not teach you how to dance. — Rumi


Prayer clears the mist
and brings back peace to the Soul… — Rumi


Be with those who help your being. Don’t sit with indifferent people, whose breath comes cold out of their mouths. — Rumi