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


Your eyelashes will write on my heart the poem that could never come from the pen of a poet.

— Rumi


Love is the Water of Life Everything other than love for the most beautiful God is agony of the spirit, though it be sugar- eating. What is agony of the spirit? To advance toward death without seizing hold of the Water of Life. 

— Rumi


I am merely a guest, born in this world to know the secrets that lie beyond it. 

— Rumi


The cure for pain is in the pain. Good and bad are mixed. If you don’t have both, you don’t belong with us. 

— Rumi


Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you. 

— Rumi


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. 

— Rumi


The Law of Wonder rules my life at last,
…I burn each second of my life to Love
Each second of my life burns out in Love
In each leaping second Love lives afresh. 

— Rumi


The heart is your student, for love is the only way we learn. 

— Rumi


Practice patience; it is the essence of praise. Have patience, for that is true worship. No other worship is worth as much. Have patience; patience is the key to all relief. 

— Rumi


The world’s flattery and hypocrisy is a sweet morsel: eat less of it, for it is full of fire. Its fire is hidden while its taste is manifest, but its smoke becomes visible in the end. 

— Rumi


Reason is the shadow cast by God; God is the sun. 

— Rumi


My heart is burning with love. All I can see is this flame. My heart is burning with passion, like waves on an ocean. I’m at home, wherever I am. And in the room of lovers, I can see with closed eyes the beauty that dances. Behind the veils, intoxicated with love, I too dance the rhythm of this moving world. 

— Rumi


True beauty is a ray That springs from the sacred depths of the soul, and illuminates the body, just as life springs from the kernel of a stone and gives color and scent to a flower. 

— Rumi


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

— Rumi


Let yourself become living poetry. 

— Rumi


Passion and desire bind your Heart. Remove the locks. Become a key, become a key… 

— Rumi


I honor those who try to rid themselves of any lying, who empty the self and have only clear being there.

— Rumi


Don’t sit and wait. Get out there, feel life. Touch the sun, and immerse in the sea. 

— Rumi


Don’t look for Love, look for the one looking for Love. 

— Rumi


Search, no matter what situation you are in. O thirsty one, search for water constantly. Finally, the time will come when you will reach the spring. 

— Rumi


I seem restless,
but am deeply at ease.
Branches tremble;
the roots are still.

— Rumi


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

— Rumi


I saw grief drinking a cup of sorrow and called out, ‘It tastes sweet, does it not?’ ‘You’ve caught me,’ grief answered, ‘and you’ve ruined my business. How can I sell sorrow, when you know it’s a blessing?

— Rumi


I am part of the load not rightly balanced… 

— Rumi


This is love: to fly toward a secret sky. 

— Rumi

Your thoughts are a veil on the face of the Moon. That Moon is your heart, and those thoughts cover your heart. So let them go, just let them fall into the water. — Rumi



The body is a device to calculate
the astronomy of the spirit.
Look through that astrolabe
and become oceanic. — Rumi



May this marriage be blessed.May this marriage be as sweet as milk and honey.May this marriage be as intoxicating as old wine.May this marriage be fruitful like a date tree.May this marriage be full of laughter and everyday a paradise.May this marriage be a seal of compassion for here and hereafter.May this marriage be as welcome as the full moon in the night sky.Listen lovers, now you go on, as I become silent and kiss this blessed night. — Rumi



Although the road is never ending take a step and keep walking, do not look fearfully into the distance… On this path let the heart be your guide for the body is hesitant and full of fear. — Rumi



Through your love
existence and nonexistence merge.
All opposites unite.
All that is profane
becomes sacred again. — Rumi



They say there is a doorway from heart to heart, but what is the use of a door when there are no walls? — Rumi



What is the Heart?
A flower opening… — Rumi



Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place. — Rumi



You may learn to imitate a birdcall, but do you experience what the nightingale feels for the rose?Never lose hope, my heart, miracles dwell in the invisible. If the whole world turns against you keep your eyes on the Friend. — Rumi



Birdsong brings relief to my longing. I am just as ecstatic as they are, but with nothing to say. — Rumi


Shut your eyes so the heart may become your eye, and with that vision look upon another world. If you can step away from your need for self-approval, all that you do, top to bottom, will be approved. — Rumi


The gates made of light swing open. You see in. — Rumi



Hardship may dishearten at first, but every hardship passes away. All despair is followed by hope; all darkness is followed by sunshine. — Rumi



Do not grieve over any joy that has gone forever, for it will return to you in another form, know that for sure. — Rumi



Hear this if you can: If you want to reach him You have to go beyond yourself And when you finally arrive at the land of absence Be silent Don’t say a thing Ecstasy, not words, is the language spoken there. — Rumi



Come into my eyes, and look at me through them, for I have chosen a home far beyond what eyes can see. — Rumi



I want to be where your bare foot walks, because maybe before you step, you’ll look at the ground. I want that blessing. — Rumi



You’ve seen my descent, now watch my rising. — Rumi



Nothing can nourish the soul but LIGHT.
Rid yourself of material needs and be set FREE. — Rumi



How did you get here?
Close your eyes…
and surrender! — Rumi



A servant wants to be rewarded for what he does. A lover wants only to be in love’s presence, that ocean whose depth will never be known. — Rumi



Where lowland is, that’s where water goes. All medicine wants is pain to cure. — Rumi



The ear participates, and helps arrange marriages; the eye has already made love with what it sees. The eye knows pleasure, delights in the body’s shape: the ear hears words that talk about all this. When hearing takes place, character areas change; but when you see, inner areas change. If all you know about fire is what you have heard see if the fire will agree to cook you! Certain energies come only when you burn. If you long for belief, sit down in the fire! When the ear receives subtly; it turns into an eye. But if words do not reach the ear in the chest, nothing happens. — Rumi



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


Make peace with the universe. Take joy in it. — Rumi



I saw many humans on whom there were no clothes. I saw many clothes in which there were no humans. — Rumi



I am so close, I may look distant. So completely mixed with you, I may look separate. So out in the open, I appear hidden. So silent, because I am constantly talking with you. — Rumi



The Real Beloved is that one who is Unique,
who is your Beginning and your End. — Rumi



Pull the thorn of existence out of the heart! Fast! For when you do, you will see thousands of rose gardens in yourself. — Rumi



Rise up nimbly and go on your strange journey to the ocean of meanings…. Leave and don’t look away from the sun as you go, in whose light you’re sometimes crescent, sometimes full. — Rumi



The same wind that uproots trees makes the grass shine. The lordly wind loves the weakness and the lowness of grasses. Never brag of being strong. The axe doesn’t worry how thick the branches are. It cuts them to pieces. But not the leaves. It leaves the leaves alone. — Rumi



You have been a prisoner of a little pond I am the ocean and its turbulent flood Come merge with me leave this world of ignorance. — Rumi



In the garden
I see only your face
From trees and blossoms
I inhale only your fragrance. — Rumi



What hurts the soul? To live without tasting the water of its own essence. — Rumi



LOVE will lay a carpet of treasures under your feet. — Rumi


You’ve been walking the ocean’s edge, holding up your robes to keep them dry. You must dive naked under, and deeper under, a thousand times deeper! — Rumi



You left ground and sky weeping, mind and soul full of grief. No one can take your place in existence or in absence. — Rumi



Know mankind well, don’t degrade every man as evil, and don’t exalt every man thinking he is good. He who cannot discover himself; cannot discover the world. — Rumi



You soak up my soul and mingle me. Each drop of my blood cries out to the earth. We are partners, blended as one. — Rumi



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. — Rumi



Love is fearless in the midst
of the sea of fear. — Rumi



Do you think I know what I’m doing? That for one breath or half-breath I belong to myself? As much as a pen knows what it’s writing, or the ball can guess where it’s going next. — Rumi



Know that the mirror of the heart is boundless. . . Here, opinions become silent, otherwise they will lead you into errors. . . for the heart is sacred – even more the heart is sacredness itself. — Rumi



This is a gathering of Lovers.
In this gathering
there is no high, no low,
no smart, no ignorant,
no special assembly,
no grand discourse,
no proper schooling required.
There is no master,
no disciple.
This gathering is more like a drunken party,
full of tricksters, fools,
mad men and mad women.
This is a gathering of Lovers. — Rumi



Love is a river. Drink from it. — Rumi



Even when you tear its petals off one after another,
the rose keeps laughing and doesn’t bend in pain.
“Why should I be afflicted because of a thorn?
It is the thorn which taught me how to laugh.”
Whatever you lost through fate,
be certain that it saved you from pain. — Rumi



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



What is the body? That shadow of a shadow
of your love, that somehow contains
the entire universe. — Rumi



The light which shines in the eye
is really the light of the heart..
The light which fills the heart
is the light of God, which is pure
and separate from the light of intellect and sense… — Rumi



Everything in the universe is a pitcher brimming with wisdom and beauty. — Rumi



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. — Rumi



Heart is a sea, language is the shore. Whatever is in a sea hits the shore. — Rumi



Stay in the spiritual fire. Let it cook you. — Rumi



You transform all those who are touched by You. — Rumi



They say ‘He cannot be found’. Something that cannot be ‘found’ is what I desire. — Rumi



From the moment you entered this world of existence, a ladder was put in front of you so you could escape. — Rumi



You have escaped the cage. Your wings are stretched out. Now fly. — Rumi



Beauty and Love are as body and soul.
Beauty is the mine, LOVE is the diamond.
They have together since the beginning of time-
Side by side, step by step. — Rumi



In Fact, My Soul And Yours Are The Same,
You Appear In Me, I In You. — Rumi



The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. — Rumi



Without love, all worship is a burden, all dancing is a chore, all music is mere noise. — Rumi



Bring the sky beneath your feet and listen to celestial music everywhere. — Rumi



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



My friend, you thought you lost Him; that all your life you’ve been separated from Him. Filled with wonder, you’ve always looked outside for Him, and haven’t searched within your own house. — Rumi



Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself. — Rumi



Are you searching for the river of your soul?
Then come out of your prison.
Leave the stream
and join the river
that flows into the ocean. — Rumi



Lovers O lovers, lovers it is time to set out from the world. I hear a drum in my soul’s ear coming from the depths of the stars. Our camel driver is at work; the caravan is being readied. He asks that we forgive him for the disturbance he has caused us, He asks why we travelers are asleep. Everywhere the murmur of departure; the stars, like candles thrust at us from behind blue veils, and as if to make the invisible plain, a wondrous people have come forth. — Rumi



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



Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself. — Rumi



Whatever you lost through fate, be certain that it saved you from pain. — Rumi



Your real “country” is where you’re heading, not where you are. — Rumi


Sunlight fell upon the wall; the wall received a borrowed splendor. Why set your heart on a piece of earth, O simple one? Seek out the source which shines forever. — Rumi



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



The beginning of pride and hatred lies in worldly desire, and the strength of your desire if from habit. When an evil tendency becomes confirmed by habit, rage is triggered when anyone restrains you. — Rumi



Look past your thoughts, so you may drink the pure nectar of This Moment. — Rumi


Anyone who knows me, should learn to know me again; For I am like the Moon, you will see me with new face everyday. — Rumi


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



If you wish to be a mine of jewels, open the deep ocean within your heart. — Rumi


Love is cure,
Love is power,
Love is the magic of changes.
Love is the mirror, of divine beauty! — Rumi



The garden of love is green without limit and yields many fruits other than sorrow or joy. Love is beyond either condition: without spring, without autumn, it is always fresh. — Rumi



There is a life-force within your soul, seek that life. — Rumi



Purify your eyes, and see the pure world. Your life will fill with radiant forms. — Rumi



Knowledge that is acquired is not like this. Those who have it worry if audiences like it or not. It’s a bait for popularity. Disputational knowing wants customers. It has no soul… The only real customer is God. Chew quietly your sweet sugarcane God-Love, and stay playfully childish. — Rumi



Every soul becomes gold
when touched by the Beloved. — Rumi



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? — Rumi


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. — Rumi


GOD Has Planted in Your Heart The Desire To Search For HIM. Do Not Look At Your Weaknesses But Focus on The Search. Every Seeker is Worthy of This Search. Strive To Redouble Your Efforts, So That Your Soul May Escape From This Material Prison. — Rumi


The lion is most handsome when looking for food. — Rumi


We began as mineral. We emerged into plant life, and into the animal state, and then into being human, and always we have forgotten our former states, except in early spring when we slightly recall being green again. — Rumi


This whole universe is but a drop
of His Beauty! — Rumi


We rarely hear the inward music, but we’re all dancing to it nevertheless. — Rumi


There is a city in which you find everything you desire-handsome people, pleasures, ornaments of every kind-all that the natural person craves. However, you cannot find a single wise person there. — Rumi


The very center of your heart is where life begins. The most beautiful place on earth. — Rumi


The heart is the secret inside the secret. — Rumi


When you have indulged a lust, your wing drops off; you become lame, abandoned by a fantasy. …People fancy they are enjoying themselves, but they are really tearing out their wings for the sake of an illusion. — Rumi


Silence is the sea, and speech is like the river. The sea is seeking you: don’t seek the river. Don’t turn your head away from the signs offered by the sea. — Rumi


Love isn’t the work of the tender and the gentle; Love is the work of wrestlers. The one who becomes a servant of lovers is really a fortunate sovereign. Don’t ask anyone about Love; ask Love about Love. Love is a cloud that scatters pearls. — Rumi


Purify yourself from the attributes of self, so that you may see your own pure, untarnished essence. — Rumi


Be relentless in your looking, because you are the one you seek. — Rumi


Always check your inner state
with the lord of your HEART. — Rumi


I have come to drag you out of yourself and take you into my heart. I have come to bring out the beauty you never knew you had, and lift you like a prayer to the sky. — Rumi


The ground submits to the sky and suffers whatever comes. Tell me, is the Earth worse for giving in like that? — Rumi


All language is a longing for home. — Rumi


I opened my arms to Love and Love embraced me like a Lover. — Rumi


There’s a path from your HEART to mine. — Rumi


Last night I learned how to be a lover of God. To live in this world and call nothing my own. — Rumi


Love, the life-giving garden of this world. — Rumi


Deep in the HEART every mystery of spirit is hidden. — Rumi


Only love itself can explain love and lovers. — Rumi


The soul lives there in the silent breath. — Rumi


The wailing of broken hearts
is the doorway to God. — Rumi


A pearl goes up for auction. No one has enough, so the pearl buys itself. — Rumi


You believe God is not there, but He is, Hidden in the secret of the divine mystery. — Rumi


Be a spot of ground where nothing is growing,
where something might be planted,
a seed, possibly, from the Absolute. — Rumi


When you eventually see through the veils to how things really are, you will keep saying again and again, this is certainly not like we thought it was. — Rumi


Love is a mirror. In it you see nothing except your reflection. You see nothing except your real face. — Rumi


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


Travel brings power and love back into your life. — Rumi


Inside you there’s an artist you don’t know about… say yes quickly, if you know, if you’ve known it from before the beginning of the universe. — Rumi


Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. — Rumi


And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself? — Rumi


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


Every moment a taste of that beauty in our mouths, another stashed in a pocket. Impossible to say what: no cypress so handsome, no sunlight, a lonely hiddenness. Other pleasure gathers a crowd, starts a fight, lots of noise there. But soul beauty stays quiet..his amazing whereabouts unknown inside my heart. — Rumi


When someone is counting out gold for you, don’t look at your hands, or the gold. Look at the giver. — Rumi


No more words. In the name of this place we drink in with our breathing, stay quiet like a flower. So the nightbirds will start singing. — Rumi


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


We love that s why life is full of so many wonderful gifts. — Rumi


Within tears, find hidden laughter Seek treasures amid ruins, sincere one. — Rumi


Give your weakness to one who helps. — Rumi


The morning wind spreads its fresh smell. We must get up and take that in, that wind that lets us live. Breathe before it’s gone. — Rumi


The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you Don’t go back to sleep! You must ask for what you really want. Don’t go back to sleep! People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch, The door is round and open Don’t go back to sleep! — Rumi


Some nights stay up till dawn, as the moon sometimes does for the sun. Be a full bucket pulled up the dark way of a well, then lifted out into light. — Rumi


Drum sound rises on the air, its throb, my heart. A voice inside the beat says, “I know you’re tired, but come. This is the way. — Rumi


Stars burn clear all night till dawn. Do that yourself, and a spring will rise in the dark with water your deepest thirst is for. — Rumi


And watch two men washing clothes, one makes dry clothes wet. The other makes wet clothes dry. they seem to be thwarting each other, but their work is a perfect harmony. Every holy person seems to have a different doctrine and practice, but there’s really only one work. — Rumi


Love comes with a knife, not some shy question, and not with fears for its reputation! — Rumi


Not only the thirsty seek the water, the water as well seeks the thirsty. — Rumi


Each moment from all sides rushes to us the call to love. We are running to contemplate its vast green field. Do you want to come with us? — Rumi


Keep on knocking ’til the joy inside opens a window look to see who’s there. — Rumi


The Prophets accept all agony and trust it For the water has never feared the fire. — Rumi


There is no worse sickness for the soul, o you who are proud, than this pretense of perfection. — Rumi


What a Joy, to travel the way of the heart. — Rumi


Late, by myself, in the boat of myself, no light and no land anywhere, cloudcover thick. I try to stay just above the surface, yet I’m already under and living within the ocean. — Rumi


The light which shines in the eye is really the light of the heart. — Rumi


There is a fountain inside you. Don’t walk around with an empty bucket. — Rumi


O, happy the soul that saw its own faults. — Rumi


There is no way into Presence except through a love exchange. — Rumi


Be foolishly in love, because love is all there is. — Rumi