Rumi Quotes – 25 The Best Ones
“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.”
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”
“What you seek is seeking you.”
“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 (The Illuminated Rumi)
“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”
“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?”
“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.”
“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
“When I am with you, we stay up all night.
When you’re not here, I can’t go to sleep.
Praise God for those two insomnias!
And the difference between them.”
“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”
— Rumi (The Essential Rumi)
“Knock, And He’ll open the door
Vanish, And He’ll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He’ll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He’ll turn you into everything.”
“I want to see you.
Know your voice.
Recognize you when you
first come ’round the corner.
Sense your scent when I come
into a room you’ve just left.
Know the lift of your heel,
the glide of your foot.
Become familiar with the way
you purse your lips
then let them part,
just the slightest bit,
when I lean in to your space
and kiss you.
I want to know the joy
of how you whisper
“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”
— Rumi (Masnavi i Man’avi, the spiritual couplets of Maula)
“My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there.”
“Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.”
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
“Silence is the language of god,
all else is poor translation.”
“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.”
“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”
“Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.”
“Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.”
“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.”