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Wise Words: 125+ Rumi Quotes On Love, Life, The Heart & More

Wise Words: 125+ Rumi Quotes On Love, Life, The Heart & More

Rumi was a 13th century Persian poet and Sufi mystic whose work continues to be popular and influential today.

He is known for his poetic works, which often incorporate mysticism and philosophy.

Rumi's teachings have been translated into many languages, and he is considered one of the most widely read poets in the world.

In this article, we have created a collection of the best Rumi quotes that will inspire you to follow your heart, fall in love again, and live a life full of purpose.

Let these quotes motivate you to be your best self and find happiness in every moment.

They are reminders that no matter what life throws our way if we keep our hearts open, we can find joy in even the most difficult moments.

I have divided this article into different themes so you can easily find the right Rumi quote for you.

Scroll on and enjoy!

Wise Rumi Quotes

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

2. “Why do you stay in prison, when the door is so wide open?”

3. “You are not meant for crawling, so don't. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly.”

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

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

6 “It's your road, and yours alone, others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.”

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

8. “When someone beats a rug, the blows are not against the rug, but against the dust in it.”

9. “Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.”

10. “Seek the wisdom that will untie your knot. Seek the path that demands your whole being.”

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

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

13. “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.”

14. “The Prophets accept all agony and trust it. For the water has never feared the fire.”

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

16. “Anything which is more than our necessity is poison. It may be power, wealth, hunger, ego, greed, laziness, love, ambition, hate or anything.”

17. “When I am silent, I fall into the place where everything is music.”

18. “Be full of sorrow, that you may become a hill of joy; weep, that you may break into laughter.”

19. “This is the essence of all sciences – that you should know who you will be when the Day of Reckoning arrives.”

20. “All your anxiety is because of your desire for harmony. Seek disharmony, then you will gain peace.”

21. “Respond to every call that excites your spirit.”

22. “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.”

23. “When I die, I shall soar with angels, and when I die to the angels, what I shall become you cannot imagine.”

24. “Be an empty page, untouched by words.”

Rumi Quotes Relating To Love

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

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

27. “Be soulful. Be kind. Be in love.”

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

29. “However much I might try to expound or explain Love, when I come to Love itself, I am ashamed of my explanations… Love alone can explain the mysteries of love and lovers.”

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

31. “The moment I first heard love I gave up my soul, my heart, and my eyes.”

32. “Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.”

33. “The gifts of lovers to one another are, in respect to love, nothing but forms; yet, they testify to invisible love.”

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

35. “Lovers have heartaches that can't be cured by drugs or sleep or games, but only by seeing their beloved.”

36. “Let us carve gems out of our stony hearts and let them light our path to love.”

37. “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.”

38. “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”

39. “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.”

40. “I have no companion but Love, no beginning, no end, no dawn. The Soul calls from within me: 

41. ‘You, ignorant of the way of Love, set Me free.'”

42. “Love is the bridge between you and everything.”

43. “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.”

44. “Plant the love of the holy ones within your spirit; don't give your heart to anything, but the love of those whose hearts are glad.”

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

46. “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.”

47. “Love will find its way through all languages on its own.”

48. “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.”

49. “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 Quotes About The Heart

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50. “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.”

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

52. “The way the Beloved can fit in my heart, two thousand lives could fit in this body of mine. One kernel could contain a thousand bushels, and a hundred worlds pass through the eye of the needle.”

53. “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?”

54. “Half-heartedness doesn't reach into majesty.”

55. “If you find the mirror of the heart dull, the rust has not been cleared from its face.”

56. “With every breath, I plant the seeds of devotion, I am a farmer of the heart.”

57. “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.”

58. “The message behind the words is the voice of the heart.”

59. “Whoever has heart's doors wide open, could see the sun itself in every atom.”

60. “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there.”

61. “That which is false troubles the heart, but truth brings joyous tranquillity.”

62. “If the light is in your heart, you will find your way home.”

Rumi Quotes On Life

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

64. “You were born with wings. Why prefer to crawl through life?”

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

66. “There is a life force within your soul, seek that life. There is a gem in the mountain of your body, seek that mine. O traveller, if you are in search of that, don't look outside, look inside yourself and seek that.”

67. “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.”

Short But Powerful Rumi Quotes

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68. “Grace comes to forgive and then forgive again.”

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

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

71. “You are not one you are a thousand. Just light your lantern.”

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

73. “Be empty of worrying. Think of who created thought.”

74. “Look at the moon in the sky, not the one in the lake.”

75. “May these vows and this marriage be blessed.”

76. “I am not this hair, I am not this skin, I am the soul that lives within.”

77. “Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”

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

79. “The source of now is here.”

80. “What is planted in each person's soul will sprout.”

81. “Sit, be still, and listen.”

82. “To praise the sun is to praise your own eyes.”

83. “Don't you know yet? It is your light that lights the world.”

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

85. “May this marriage be full of laughter, our every day in paradise.”

86. “Don't grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”

87. “The world is a mountain, in which your words are echoed back to you.”

88. “Conventional opinion is the ruin of our souls.”

89. “The wound is the place where the light enters you.”

90. “Let yourself become living poetry.”

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

Rumi Quotes About The Universe

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

93. “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.”

94. “The universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you already are.”

95. “Patience with small details makes perfect a large work, like the universe.”

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

97. “You've come to know the fortunate and the inauspicious stars, but you don't know whether you yourself are fortunate or lucky.”

Deep Rumi Quotes

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98. “Oh, bird of my soul, fly away now, For I possess a hundred fortified towers.”

99. “You left and I cried tears of blood. My sorrow grows. Its not just that You left. But when You left my eyes went with You. Now, how will I cry?”

100. “The garden of the world has no limit except in your mind.”

101. “Water, stories, the body, all the things we do, are mediums that hide and show what's hidden.”

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

103. “I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.”

104. “Patience is the key to joy.”

105. “Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. Cleverness is mere opinion. Bewilderment brings intuitive knowledge.”

106. “Let go of your mind and then be mindful. Close your ears and listen.”

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

108. “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop.”

109. “The wealth within you, your essence, is your kingdom.”

110. “What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle.”

111. “Whether one moves slowly or with speed, the one who is a seeker will be a finder.”

112. “And so it is, that both the devil and the angelic spirits present us with objects of desire to awaken our power of choice.”

113. “Dance until you shatter yourself.”

114. “When the world pushes you to your knees, you're in the perfect position to pray.”

115. “This place is a dream. Only a sleeper considers it real. Then death comes like dawn, and you wake up laughing at what you thought was your grief.”

116. “I am neither of the East nor of the West, no boundaries exist within my breast.”

117. “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.”

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

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

120. “Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place.”

121. “Anyone who genuinely and consistently with both hands looks for something will find it.”

122. “There's a field somewhere beyond all doubt and wrong doing. I'll meet you there.”

123. “There is an invisible strength within us; when it recognizes two opposing objects of desire, it grows stronger.”

124. “Work. Keep digging your well. Water is there somewhere.”

125. “Your depression is connected to your insolence and refusal to praise.”

126. “Achieve some perfection yourself, so that you may not fall into sorrow by seeing the perfection in others.”

127. “There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground; there are a thousand ways to go home again.”

128. “Beg of God the removal of envy, that God may deliver you from externals, and bestow upon you an inward occupation, which will absorb you so that your attention is not drawn away.”

129. “That which God said to the rose, and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty, He said to my heart, and made it a hundred times more beautiful.”

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

131. “Woman is a ray of God. She is not that earthly beloved: she is creative, not created.”

132. “What shall I say, O Muslims, I know not myself, I am neither a Christian, nor a Jew, nor a Zoroastrian, nor a Muslim.”

Funny Rumi Quotes That Will Make You Smile

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133. “Either give me more wine or leave me alone.”

134. “Love sometimes wants to do us a great favour: hold us upside down and shake all the nonsense out.”

135. “Gratitude is the wine for the soul. Go on. Get drunk.”

136. “I lost my hat while gazing at the moon, and then I lost my mind.”

What Was Your Favourite Rumi Quote?

Thank you, I hope you enjoyed reading through these wise and thought provoking quotes by Rumi.

What quote did you enjoy the most?

Please let us know in the comments below as we'd love to know.

My personal favorite Rumi quote is: “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.”

This quote resonated with me because I felt it reminds me that I am ultimately responsible for how I feel and that the barriers I put up against love are my own doing.

Powerful right?

Anyway, thanks again for stopping by!