Quotes from Rumi


What you seek is seeking you.

Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise so I want to change myself.

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.

The wound is the place where the Light enters you.

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

Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others’ faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear.

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.

Love will find its way through all languages on its own.

Love is the bridge between you and everything.

You acts of kindness are iridescent wings of divine love, which linger and continue to uplift others long after your sharing.

With life as short as a half taken breath, don’t plant anything but love.

Travel brings power and love back into your life.

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

You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don’t. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly.

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

Very little grows on jagged rock. Be grounded.  Be crumbled so wildflowers will come up where you are.

If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?

This discipline and rough treatment are a furnace to extract the silver from the dross. This testing purifies the gold by boiling the scum away.

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.

No mirror ever became iron again;
No bread ever became wheat;
No ripened grape ever became sour fruit.
Mature yourself and be secure from a change for the worse.
Become the light.

I have been a seeker and I still am. But I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teachings of my soul.

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 of you are in search of that, don’t look outside, look inside yourself and seek that.

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

It’s your road and your alone. Other may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.

Why do you stay in prison, when the door is so wide open?

You’ve seen my descent now watch my rising.

Raise your words not voice. It is rain that grows flowers not thunder.

The quieter you become the more you are able to hear.

In silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and watch how the pattern improves.

Carry your baggage towards silence, when you seek the signs of the way.

This silence, this moment, every moment, If it’s genuinely inside you, brings what you need.

The soul has been given its own ears, to hear things the mind does not understand.

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

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

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?

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

Travel brings power and love back to your life.

Life is a balance between holding on and letting go.

Brother stand the pain; Escape the poison of your impulses. The sky will bow to your beauty, if you do. Learn to light the candle. Rise with the sun. Turn away from the cave of your sleeping. That way a thorn expands to a rose. A particular glows with the universal.