ᐅ169+ Rumi Quotes on Love, Life, Nature & the Universe

“The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart.”

“The very center of your heart is where life begins – the most beautiful place on earth.”

“You have seen your own strength. You have seen your own beauty. You have seen your golden wings. Why do you worry?”

“See the beauty around you. Break out of your boundaries. Reach out to what makes your life more meaningful.”

“Should everything pass away, it couldn’t happen without you. This heart of mines bears Your imprint; it has nowhere else to turn. The eye of the intellect is drunk with You, the wheeling galaxy is humble before You, the ear of ecstasy is in Your hand; nothing happens without You. The soul is bubbling with You, the heart imbibes from You, the intellect bellows in rapture; nothing happens without You. You, my grape wine and my intoxication, my rose garden and my springtime, my sleep and repose; nothing happens without You. You are my grandeur and glory, you are my possessions and prosperity, you are my purest water; nothing happens without You” This is the prayer of each: You are the source of my life. You separate essence from the mud. You honor my soul. You bring rivers from the mountain springs. You brighten my eyes. The wine you offer takes me out of myself into the self we share. Doing that is religion”

“You are sitting here with us, but you are also out walking in a field at dawn. You are yourself the animal we hunt when you come with us on the hunt. You are in your body like a plant is solid in the ground, yet you are wind. You are the diver’s clothes lying empty on the beach. You are the fish. In the ocean are many bright strands and many dark strands like veins that are seen when a wing is lifted up. Your hidden self is blood in those, those veins that are lute strings that make ocean music, not the sad edge of the surf, but the sound of no shore.”

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

“You came suddenly shook me from my sleep and vanished. In my heart, you rose like the moon but as I glanced at you, you disappeared. Having had a glimpse of Your garden, I have no more patience to endure my existence….”

“You consider issues, but not deeply enough. Your spring is frozen. Faith is flowing. Don’t try to forge cold iron. Study David, the ironsmith, and dancer, and musician. Move into the sun. You’re wrapped in fantasy and inner mumbling. When spirit enters, a man begins to wander freely, escaped and overrunning through the garden plants, spontaneous and soaking in. Now a miracle story…”

“You are the source of the sun. And I am the willow’s shadow. Oh, you have struck me on the head, Wretch that I am, on fire, am I.”

“Listen to presences inside poems, Let them take you where they will. Follow those private hints, and never leave the premises.”

“You think of yourself as a citizen of the universe. You think you belong to this world of dust and matter.”

“Into my heart’s night Along a narrow way I groped; and lo! the light, An infinite land of day.”

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

“Try another way of looking. Try you looking and the whole universe seeing.”

“Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself.”

“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”

“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.”

“Water the fruit trees and don’t water the thorns.”

“Very little grows on jagged rock. Be ground. Be crumbled, so wildflowers will come up where you are.”

“One who does what the Friend wants done will never need a friend. There’s a bankruptcy that’s pure gain. The moon stays bright when it doesn’t avoid the night. A rose’s rarest essence lives in the thorn.”

“This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and attend them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still treat each guest honourably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in.”

“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 neighbourhood of despair. For there are hopes: they are real, they exist Do not go in the direction of darkness I tell you: suns exist.”

“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.”

“If you are looking for a friend who is faultless, you will be friendless.”

“Never lose hope, my heart, miracles dwell in the invisible. If the whole world turns against you keep your eyes on the Friend.”

“Listen! Clam up your mouth and be silent like an oyster shell, for that tongue of yours is the enemy of the soul, my friend. When the lips are silent, the heart has a hundred tongues.”

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

“A generous friend gives life for a friend let’s rise above this animalistic behavior and be kind to one another.”

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

“My friend, the sufi is the friend of the present moment. To say tomorrow is not our way.”

“Friend, our closeness is this: anywhere you put your foot, feel me in the firmness under you.”

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

“Be with those who help your being.”

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

“Keep knocking, and the joy inside will eventually open a window and look out to see who’s there.”

“Half-heartedness doesn’t reach into majesty. You set out to find God, but then you keep stopping for long periods at mean-spirited roadhouses.”

“Is what I say true? Say yes quickly, if you know, if you’ve known it from before the beginning of the universe.”

“Something opens our wings, something makes boredom and hurt disappear. Someone fills the cup in front of us: We taste only sacredness.”

“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.”

“If all you can do is crawl, start crawling.”

“If these poems repeat themselves, then so does Spring.”

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

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

“You are a fountain of the sun’s light. I am a willow shadow on the ground. You make my raggedness silky.”

“rush out in the rain to be soaked with the sky.”

“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”

“Whosoever knoweth the power of the dance, dwelleth in God.”

“All religions, all this singing, one song. The differences are just illusion and vanity. The sun’s light looks a little different on this wall than it does on that wall, and a lot different on this other one, but it’s still one light.”

“Inside of us, there’s a continual autumn. Our leaves fall and are blown out over the water.”

“The core of the seen and unseen universe smiles, but remember smiles come best from those who weep. Lightning, then the rain-laughter.”

“Isn’t it time to turn your heart into a temple of fire.”

“The mind, this globe of awareness, is a starry universe that when you push off with your foot, a thousand new roads become clear, as you yourself do at dawn, sailing through the light.”

“Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor.”

“Out beyond the ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”

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

“You must lance an ulcer to heal it. You must tear down parts of an old building to restore it, and so it is with a sensual life that has no spirit in it.”

“My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there.”

“a great God-wrestling does on inside these wanderers.”

“Become the sky. Take an axe to the prison wall. Escape.”

“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.”

“He is a letter to everyone. You open it. It says, Live.”

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

“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.”

“Don’t hand me another glass of wine. Pour it in my mouth. I’ve lost the way to my mouth..”

“Come out here where the roses have opened. Let soul and world meet.”

“How will you know the difficulties of being human, if you’re always flying off to blue perfection.”

“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.”

“If you yearn for holy felicity, shed your arrogance and become a seeker of hearts.”

“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.”

“Hear blessings dropping their blossoms around you..”

“I am iron resisting the most enormous magnet there is.”

“This world’s existence is one night long. There’s a great lively gathering that night, but some people sleep through it.”

“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”

“Where will you plant your grief-seeds? We need ground to scrape and hoe, not the sky of unspecified desire.”

“Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.”

“Dance in the middle of fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.”

“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.”

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

“Even when tied in a thousand knots, the string is still but one.”

“Ignorance is God’s prison. Knowing is God’s palace.”

“And don’t think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It’s quiet, but the roots are down there riotous.”

“I do not know who lives here in my chest, or why the smile comes. I am not myself, more the bare green knob of a rose that lost every leaf and petal to the morning wind.”

“There’s a hidden sweetness in the stomach’s emptiness. We are lutes, no more, no less. If the soundbox is stuffed full of anything, no music…. When you’re full of food and drink, Satan sits where your spirit should….”

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

“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.”

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

“Don’t turn away. Keep your gaze on the bandaged place. That’s where the light enters you.”

“I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons, knocking on a door. It opens. I’ve been knocking from the inside.”

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

“Don’t turn away. Keep your gaze on the bandaged place. That’s where the light enters you.”

“This drunkenness began in some other tavern. When I get back around to that place, I’ll be completely sober.”

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

“There is a morning inside you waiting to burst open into Light.”

“And even if this world burns up hidden harps will still play here.”

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

“Let yourself become living poetry.”

“Work in the invisible world at least as hard as you do in the visible.”

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

“Let the waters settle and you will see the moon and the stars mirrored in your own being.”

“You’ve gotten drunk on so many kinds of wine. Taste this. It won’t make you wild. It’s fire. Give up, if you don’t understand by this time that your living is firewood.”

“Can you find another market like this? Where, with your one rose, you can buy hundreds of rose gardens.”

“You sit here for days saying, This is strange business. You’re the strange business. You have the energy of the sun in you, but you keep knotting it up at the base of your spine. You’re some weird kind of gold that wants to stay melted in the furnace, so you won’t have to become coins.”

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

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

“This is how we are with wine and beautiful food… we want and we get drunk with wanting, then the headache and bitterness afterward.”

“If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished.”

“God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites so that you will have two wings to fly, not one..”

“Poems reach up like spindrift and the edge of driftwood along the beach, wanting! They derive from a slow and powerful root that we can’t see. Stop the words now. Open the window in the center of your chest, and let the spirits fly in and out.”

“In this mob of I’s inside, which one is me? Hear me out. I know I’m wandering, but don’t start putting a lid on this racket. No telling what I’ll do then. Every moment I’m thrown by your story. One moment it’s happy, and I’m singing. One moment it’s sad, and I’m weeping. It turns bitter, and I pull away. But then you spill a little grace, and just like that, I’m all light. It’s not so bad, this arrangement, actually.”

“Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.”

“I cannot stop asking. If I could taste one sip of an answer, I could break out of this prison for drunks.”

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

“It may be that the satisfaction I need depends on my going away, so that when I’ve gone and come back, I’ll find it at home.”

“Take sips of this pure wine being poured. Don’t mind that you’ve been given a dirty cup.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

“Who gets up early to discover the moment light begins.”

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

“Love is the whole thing. We are only pieces.”

“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 light becomes this art.”

“Love flows down. The ground submits to the sky and suffers what comes. Is the ground worse for giving in like that? Do not put blankets over the drum. Open completely. Let your spirit ear listen to the green dome’s passionate murmur.”

“Be certain that in the religion of Love there are no believers and unbelievers. Love embraces all.”

“A pen went scribbling along. When it tried to write love, it broke.”

“Listen with ears of tolerance! See through the eyes of compassion! Speak with the language of love.”

“Why ever talk of miracles when you are destined to become infinite love.”

“We are born of love; Love is our mother.”

“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.”

“Whatever happens, just keep smiling and lose yourself in love.”

“You have within you more love than you could ever understand.”

“If you want to win hearts, sow the seeds of Love. If you want heaven, stop scattering thorns on the road.”

“Come out of the circle of time and into the circle of love.”

“Would you become a pilgrim on the road of love? The first condition is that you make yourself humble as dust and ashes.”

“When you seek love with all your heart you shall find its echo in the universe.”

“There is little one can say about love. It has to be lived, and it’s always in motion.”

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

“Someone who does not run toward the allure of love walks a road where nothing lives. But this dove here senses the love hawk floating above, and waits, and will not be driven or scared to safety.”

“Love is the bridge between you and everything.”

“I would love to kiss you. The price of kissing is your life.”

“Love is the house of God and you are living in that house.”

“When your love contracts in anger, the atmosphere itself feels threatening. But when you’re expansive, no matter what the weather, you’re in an open, windy field with friends.”

“Remember. The way you make love is the way God will be with you.”

“This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.”

“Whenever we can manage to love without expectations, calculations, negotiations, we are indeed in heaven.”

“This love is the rose that blooms forever.”

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

“Love is a madman, working his wild schemes, tearing off his clothes, running through the mountains….”

“And if you are a rose, I am rose-shadow.”

“Let the lover be disgraceful, crazy, absentminded. Someone sober will worry about events going badly. Let the lover be.”

“my heart sinks like a comb into wave after wave of your silky hair.”

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

“Love is a river. Drink from it.”

“This is what love does and continues to do. It tastes like honey to adults and milk to children.”

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

“This is how I would die into the love I have for you: as pieces of cloud dissolve in sunlight.”

“A life without love is of no account. Don’t ask yourself what kind of love you should seek, spiritual or material, divine or mundane, Eastern or Western. Divisions only lead to more divisions. Love has no labels, no definitions. It is what it is, pure and simple. Love is the water of life. And a lover is

“You fill yourself with the sharp pain of love, rather than its fulfilment.”

“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.”

“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.”

“The way you make love is the way God will be with you.”

“Love is not an emotion, it’s your very existence.”

“The heart has its own language. The heart knows a hundred thousand ways to speak.”

“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.”

“Come, whoever you are! Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving. This is not a caravan of despair. It doesn’t matter if you’ve broken your vow a thousand times, still and yet again come!”

“Love is an open secret, the most obvious thing in the world and the most hidden, with no why to how it keeps its mystery.”

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

“Sometimes you hear a voice through the door calling you… This turning toward what you deeply love saves you.”

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

“Close your eyes, fall in love, stay there.”

“Tonight the moon kisses the stars.”

“Love is an emerald. Its brilliant light wards off dragons On this treacherous path.”

“Whenever we manage to love without expectations,calculations, negotiations, we are indeed in heaven.”

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

“This is a subtle truth. Whatever you love you are.”

“At night, I open the window and ask the moon to come and press its face against mine. Breathe into me. Close the language-door and open the love-window. The moon won’t use the door, only the window.”

“You will learn by reading, But you will understand with LOVE.”

“When I am with you, everything is prayer.”

“Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love.”

“If you knew yourself for even one moment, if you could just glimpse your most beautiful face, maybe you wouldn’t slumber so deeply in that house of clay. Why not move into your house of joy and shine into every crevice! For you are the secret Treasure-bearer, and always have been. Didn’t you know?”

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

“I don’t regret how much I love, and I avoid those who repent their passion.”

“A house of love with no limits, a presence more beautiful than venus or the moon, a beauty whose image fills the mirror of the heart..”

“The way the night knows itself with the moon, be that way with me. Or, alternately translated, Union is a raging river running toward the sea. Tonight the moon kisses the stars. O beloved, be like that to me.”

“Gamble everything for love, if you’re a true human being. If not, leave this gathering.”

“How can I know anything about the past or the future, when the light of the Beloved shines only Now.”

“There is one way of breathing that is shameful and constricted. Then, there’s another way: a breath of love that takes you all the way to infinity.”

“Reason is powerless in the expression of Love.”

“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.”

“Everything that is made beautiful and fair and lovely is made for the eye of one who sees.”

“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.” – Rumi

“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.” – Rumi

“I have seen the king with a face of Glory, He who is the eye and the sun of heaven, He who is the companion and healer of all beings, He who is the soul and the universe that births souls.” – Rumi

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

“Silence is an ocean. Speech is a river. When the ocean is searching for you, don’t walk into the river. Listen to the ocean.” – Rumi

“Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.” – Rumi

“the cypress tree is turning green, drunk with the forest.” – Rumi

“Your heart and my heart are very, very old friends.” – Rumi

“Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.” – Rumi

“Through Love all that is bitter will be sweet, through Love all that is copper will be gold, through Love all dregs will become wine, through Love all pain will turn to medicine.” – Rumi

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