Rumi Quotes



Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī or simply Rumi was a 13th century persian mystic,poet and theologian.
Rumi’s importance is considered to transcend national and ethnic borders. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world’s languages and transposed into various formats. In 2007, he was described as the “most popular poet in America.”
Rumi’s works are written in Persian and his Mathnawi remains one of the purest literary glories of Persia, and one of the crowning glories of the Persian language.
Rumi is one of the person who keeps me inspiring through his quotes and poems.
and i think he can inspire you too,so i am posting some of his quotes here which are my favorites.

Why should I seek? I am the same as
He. His essence speaks through me.
I have been looking for myself!

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

“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.”

“What you seek is seeking you.”

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

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”

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

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

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”

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

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

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

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

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

“Two there are who are never satisfied — the lover of the world and the lover of knowledge.”

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

“Be like melting snow — wash yourself of yourself.”

“You try to be faithful
And sometimes you’re cruel.
You are mine. Then, you leave.
Without you, I can’t cope.

And when you take the lead,
I become your footstep.
Your absence leaves a void.
Without you, I can’t cope.

You have disturbed my sleep,
You have wrecked my image.
You have set me apart.
Without you, I can’t cope.”

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

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

“In Silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves.”

“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.”

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

“Only from the heart can you touch the sky.”

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

“Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged”

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

“The moon stays bright when it doesn’t avoid the night….”
“Study me as much as you like, you will not know me, for I differ in a hundred ways from what you see me to be. Put yourself behind my eyes and see me as I see myself, for I have chosen to dwell in a place you cannot see.”

“Not only the thirsty seek the water, the water as well seeks the thirsty.”

“The lion is most handsome when looking for food.”

“Put your thoughts to sleep,
do not let them cast a shadow
over the moon of your heart.
Let go of thinking.”

“What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle.”
“When someone beats a rug,
the blows are not against the rug,
but against the dust in it.”

“Learn the alchemy true human beings know. The moment you accept what troubles you’ve been given the door with open.

“You were born with potential.
You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness.
You were born with wings.
You are not meant for crawling, so don’t.
You have wings.
Learn to use them and fly.”

“Keep walking, though there’s no place to get to.
Don’t try to see through the distances.
That’s not for human beings. Move within,
But don’t move the way fear makes you move.”

“Give your weakness to one who helps.”

“You are a lover of your own experience … not of me … you turn to me to feel ur own emotion”
“I am your moon and your moonlight too
I am your flower garden and your water too
I have come all this way, eager for you
Without shoes or shawl
I want you to laugh
To kill all your worries
To love you
To nourish you.

“These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.”

“You are the Truth from foot to brow. Now, what else would you like to know?

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.”

See Also:

Moving Water by Rumi

Love Letters in the Sand Some Quotes of Kahlil Gibran

Kahlil Gibran on pain

kahlil Gibran on Children

Kahlil Gibran on love

41 thoughts on “Rumi Quotes

  1. orlando gustilo

    Rumi was certainly “ahead” of his time as anyone is in a world that insists on divisiveness and distinction, on the importance of asserting oneself.


  2. Fashion Mayann

    A very meaningful post ! I especially love “Darkness is your candle”. Thank you so much for making my day a little bit lighter and for following my blog. Greetings from Marseille, France.


  3. Mountain of Joy

    Thank you so much for sharing Rumi’s wisdom. They confirm what have happened in my life; answer my doubts about my future. Thanks for sharing these beautiful quotes. I’ll read more about his works. I wish I could have known the Persian so that I can read them first hand. Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!!


    1. forwardsojourner

      Hello Mountain of Joy. Learning Persian language is relatively easy. The grammar isn’t complex and the patterns are easy to grasp. I myself am trying to “brush up” on my own language skills. I’m not yet a fluent speaker yet I’d love to be one–soon, once I get to really devote my time on this. It’ll be a joy to read works in their original wording (no matter how tedious that may be). 🙂


  4. forwardsojourner

    One of my goals this summer is to read up on Rumi, as well as to familiarize myself with other Persian literature and philosophy. I’ve been to Iran for quite a couple of times and really, Persian heritage is so rich with these thinkers. I only hope I get to dip myself with more of these, and eventually find more peace in my life. Thanks for this post. Carry on with your journey.


  5. azita

    I love Rumi – it is amazing that his words are as beautiful in English as they are in their original Farsi. I love this one: “Be like melting snow — wash yourself of yourself.” Thank you for compiling these! Very inspiring post – much food for thought.


  6. soulconalas

    Profoundly beautiful. On a quiet Saturday evening, I have enjoyed reading this. Among my top favorites were:

    “When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”

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

    I look forward to reading more about him.


  7. iamforchange

    :) So many have shared so much with me and I wish to share as well please accept my nominations and if nothing else know I am grateful for your sharing on your pages with us all and the time you share with me on mine.Thank you!! 🙂 Joe


  8. seeingwhatis

    This part found extra resonance in me today:
    “Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.”


  9. Indrajit Rathore

    another post that i have not glanced through but read every word
    wow never knew what rumi was all about, your chosen quotes are really a traet and thank you for putting across what is seminal
    i must say your blog is one i would love to visit often for the treasures they contain.


  10. charisgrandma

    lovely collection of Rumi quotes – I’ve loved his poetry for a long time and find great spiritual sustenance in reading it. Have you read Love Poems From God (Ladinsky)?


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    Hey there! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be
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