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700 Inspiring Quotes by Rumi

Wikipedia Summary for Rumi

Jalāl ad-Dīn Mohammad Rūmī (Persian: جلال‌الدین محمد رومی‎), also known as Jalāl ad-Dīn Mohammad Balkhī (جلال‌الدین محمد بلخى), Mevlânâ/Mowlānā (مولانا, "our master"), Mevlevî/Mawlawī (مولوی, "my master"), and more popularly simply as Rumi (30 September 1207 – 17 December 1273), was a 13th-century Persian poet, Hanafi faqih, Islamic scholar, Maturidi theologian, and Sufi mystic originally from Greater Khorasan in Greater Iran.

Rumi's influence transcends national borders and ethnic divisions: Iranians, Tajiks, Turks, Greeks, Pashtuns, other Central Asian Muslims, and the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent have greatly appreciated his spiritual legacy for the past seven centuries. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world's languages and transposed into various formats.

Rumi has been described as the "most popular poet" and the "best selling poet" in the United States.

Rumi's works are written mostly in Persian, but occasionally he also used Turkish, Arabic, and Greek in his verse. His Masnavi (Mathnawi), composed in Konya, is considered one of the greatest poems of the Persian language. His works are widely read today in their original language across Greater Iran and the Persian-speaking world. Translations of his works are very popular, most notably in Turkey, Azerbaijan, the United States, and South Asia. His poetry has influenced not only Persian literature, but also the literary traditions of the Ottoman Turkish, Chagatai, Urdu, Bengali and Pashto languages.

grassland landscape

The garden of the world has no limits, except in your mind.

--Rumi

aerial photography of gray and white stone lot

The wound is the place where the light enters you.

--Rumi

pink flowers in tilt shift lens

Laugh as much as you breathe. Love as long as you live.

--Rumi

rainbow

Travel brings power and love back into your life.

--Rumi

tall green flowering grasses under blue and white cloudy sky

What you seek is seeking you.

--Rumi

silhouette photo of trees during night time

What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle.

--Rumi

yellow labrador retriever puppy sitting on floor

Today, let us swim wildly, joyously in gratitude.

--Rumi

fawn pug on bed

The universe and the light of the stars come through me.

--Rumi

sunset

Open your hands if you want to be held.

--Rumi

empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

Whenever they rebuild an old building, they must first of all destroy the old one.

--Rumi

shallow focus photography of person raising hand

Beauty surrounds us.

--Rumi

Longer Version:

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


running white, brown, and black dog

Love is the bridge between you and everything.

--Rumi

four coffee cups on floor

Shine like the whole universe is yours.

--Rumi

Arizona landscape

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

--Rumi

cactus flowers

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.

--Rumi

person holding brown sand close-up photography

The message behind the words is the voice of the heart.

--Rumi

selective focus photo of brown and blue hourglass on stones

The lion is most handsome when looking for food.

--Rumi

blue flower in close up photography

Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.

--Rumi

woman in white and black stripe long sleeve shirt standing beside brown concrete building during daytime

The time has come to turn your heart into a temple of fire.

--Rumi

Longer Version:

The time has come to turn your heart into a temple of fire. Your essence is gold hidden in dust. To reveal its splendor you need to burn in the fire of love.


empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

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

--Rumi

landscape photography of road at savannah

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

--Rumi

black and white photography of alarm clock displaying 1:37 time

I am a drunkard from another kind of tavern. I dance to a silent tune. I am the symphony of stars.

--Rumi

four men sitting beside table

The intelligent desire self-control; children want candy.

--Rumi

white paint palette with black paint beside ink bottle and paint brush

Listen to the sound of waves within you.

--Rumi

person wearing orange and gray Nike shoes walking on gray concrete stairs

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

--Rumi

grassland

Silence gives answers.

--Rumi

person holding yellow sunflower bouquet

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

--Rumi

body of water near mountains

Patience is the key to joy.

--Rumi

green ceramic mug on wooden desk

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

--Rumi

blue and white striped textile

I learned that every mortal will taste death. But only some will taste life.

--Rumi

saguaro

These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.

--Rumi

green

We carry inside us the wonders we seek outside us.

--Rumi

brown sands

Make peace with the universe. Take joy in it. It will turn to gold. Resurrection will be now. Every moment, a new beauty.

--Rumi

silhouette of person on top of mountain pointing flashlight on sky filled with stars at night time

The beauty you see in me is a reflection of you.

--Rumi

black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

When we practice loving kindness and compassion we are the first ones to profit.

--Rumi

close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset

That which is false troubles the heart, but truth brings joyous tranquility.

--Rumi

red strawberry fruit on red surface

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.

--Rumi

Longer Version:

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.".


blue and white abstract painting

Everything is emptiness. Everything else, accidental. Emptiness brings peace to your loving. Everything else, disease. In this world of trickery, emptiness is what your soul wants.

--Rumi

yellow flowers

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

--Rumi

man riding on boat on body of water

Greed makes man blind and foolish, and makes him an easy prey for death.

--Rumi

green textile in close up image

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.

--Rumi

white wall paint with black line

If you could get rid of yourself just once, the secret of secrets would open to you. The face of the unknown, hidden beyond the universe would appear on the mirror of your perception.

--Rumi

selective-focus photograph of gray bird on tree branch

Looking up gives light, although at first it makes you dizzy.

--Rumi

green and white painted wall

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

--Rumi

purple-petaled flower on selective focus photography

Dance, and make joyous the love around you. Dance, and your veils which hide the Light shall swirl in a heap at your feet.

--Rumi

shallow focus photography of purple flower

Its good to leave each day behind, like flowing water, free of sadness. Yesterday is gone and its tale told. Today new seeds are growing.

--Rumi

mountains with trees under white star at night

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

--Rumi

Longer Version:

Do not feel lonely,

the entire universe is inside you.

Stop acting so small.

You are the universe in ecstatic motion.

Set your life on fire.

Seek those who fan your flames.


green trees on brown dried leaves during daytime

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

--Rumi

close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset

This sky where we live is no place to lose your wings so love, love, love.

--Rumi

aerial's photo of metropolitan during night time\

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

--Rumi

assorted books on wooden table

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

--Rumi

silhouette of person jumping in mid air

My head is bursting with the joy of the unknown. My heart is expanding a thousand fold.

--Rumi

green sports court illustration

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

--Rumi

man sitting on concrete brick with opened laptop on his lap

One of the marvels of the world: The sight of a soul sitting in prison with the key in its hand.

--Rumi

toddlers standing outdoors

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

--Rumi

yellow flower

Be soulful. Be kind. Be in love.

--Rumi

brown tree on surrounded by brown grass during golden hour

You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop.

--Rumi

green leaf tree on shore

Be kind and honest, and harmful poisons will turn sweet inside you.

--Rumi

yellow sunflower on white wall

But listen to me. For one moment quit being sad. Hear blessings dropping their blossoms around you.

--Rumi

selective focus photo of brown guitar on white pillow

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

--Rumi

pink lotus flower on clear body of water

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.

--Rumi

selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

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

--Rumi

shallow focus photo of green leaves

By God, when you see your beauty you will be the idol of yourself.

--Rumi

photography of white wall lot

Be a helpful friend, and you will become a green tree with always new fruit, always deeper journeys into love.

--Rumi

green grass field

On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty. Today is such a day.

--Rumi

band performing on stage in front of people

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

--Rumi

black pug puppy on white and pink textile

Your depression is connected to your insolence and refusal to praise.

--Rumi

Longer Version:

Your depression is connected to your insolence
and refusal to praise. Whoever feels himself walking
on the path, and refuses to praise -- that man or woman
steals from others every day -- is a shoplifter!

The sun became full of light when it got hold of itself.
Angels only began shining when they achieved discipline.
The sun goes out whenever the cloud of not-praising comes.
The moment the foolish angel felt insolent, he heard the door close.


rock formation surrounding by body of water

Everything about yesterday has gone with yesterday. Today, it is needed to say new things.

--Rumi

blue wallpaper

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

--Rumi

white and black satellite dish on brown field during night time

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

--Rumi

couple sitting on the field facing the city

Keep silent, because the world of silence is a vast fullness.

--Rumi

man in white shirt and black pants standing on top of building

Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place.

--Rumi

close-up photograph of black dreadnought acoustic guitar

Tend to your vital heart, and all that you worry about will be solved.

--Rumi

man and woman holding hand while walking on bridge

Discard yourself and thereby regain yourself. Spread the trap of humility and ensnare love.

--Rumi

yellow and blue painted wall

Our greatest strength lies in the gentleness and tenderness of our heart.

--Rumi

brown leaf tree facing the lake

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

--Rumi

sunset

It is certain that an atom of goodness on the path of faith is never lost.

--Rumi

sunset

Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation.

--Rumi

landscape photography of waves and clouds

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

--Rumi

man facing women near forest

Inside any deep asking is the answering.

--Rumi

group of people inside the room in grayscale photo

Be patient where you sit in the dark. The dawn is coming.

--Rumi

fawn pug eating food

The soul is here for its own joy.

--Rumi

brown wooden door

There is a loneliness more precious than life. There is a freedom more precious than the world. Infinitely more precious than life and the world is that moment when one is alone with God.

--Rumi

black and white duck on brown wooden dock during daytime

In the blackest of your moments, wait with no fear.

--Rumi

gray wooden house on green plains near mountain range at daytime

O, happy the soul that saw its own faults.

--Rumi

body of water under clear blue sky painting

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

--Rumi

green pine trees near mountain under blue sky during daytime

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

--Rumi

white ceramic pencil organizer on top of stack of books

Your light is more magnificent than sunrise or sunset.

--Rumi

black and white duck on brown wooden dock during daytime

The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart.

--Rumi

white paint palette with black paint beside ink bottle and paint brush

Love risks everything and asks for nothing.

--Rumi

green-leafed plant

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

--Rumi

solid background

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.

--Rumi

Arizona landscape

This is a subtle truth. Whatever you love, you are.

--Rumi

landscape photography of green tree

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

--Rumi

grassland landscape

I should be suspicious of what I want.

--Rumi

three pink tulip flowers

In Winter the bare boughs that seem to sleep Work covertly, preparing for their Spring.

--Rumi

white petaled flower bloom during daytime

Judge the moth by the beauty of the candle.

--Rumi

silhouette of person's hands forming heart

The body itself is to reveal the light that's blazing inside your Presence.

--Rumi

man wearing knit cap on grey background

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.

--Rumi

short-beak red bird on tree

You lack a foot to travel? Then journey into yourself -- that leads to transformation of dust into pure gold.

--Rumi

purple flowers under sunny sky

Look as long as you can at the friend you love,
no matter whether that friend is moving away from you
or coming back toward you.

--Rumi

white bicycle parked beside wall

There is no Love greater than Love with no object. For then you, yourself, have become love, itself.

--Rumi

full moon in the sky

The breath of the flute player: does it belong to the flute?

--Rumi

white rock formation on sea during daytime

Although the road is never ending take a step and keep walking, do not look fearfully into the distance... On this path let the heart be your guide for the body is hesitant and full of fear.

--Rumi

white wall paint with black line

Love so needs to love that it will endure almost anything, even abuse, just to flicker for a moment. But the sky's mouth is kind, its song will never hurt you, for I sing those words.

--Rumi

pink and white roses on white surface

Let the lover be disgraceful, crazy, absent-minded.
Someone sober will worry about events going badly.
Let the lover be.

--Rumi

yellow sunflower in close up photography

The fluteplayer puts breath into a flute, and who makes the music? Not the flute. The Fluteplayer!

--Rumi

brown butterfly perched on flower

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

--Rumi

black Sony point-and-shoot camera on yellow surface

A craftsman pulled a reed from the reedbed, cut holes in it, and called it a human being. Since then, it's been wailing a tender agony of parting, never mentioning the skill that gave it life as a flute.

--Rumi

group of camels walking on desert lake at daytime

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.

--Rumi

brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

You were sent to unite people
You were not been sent to divide people.

--Rumi

selective focus photo of four green humming birds with red flowers

Walk out like someone suddenly born into colour. Do it now.

--Rumi

flock of birds flying under blue sky during daytime

Your real "country" is where you're heading, not where you are.

--Rumi

woman sitting on rock facing plunge waterfalls

Be quiet now and wait. It may be that the ocean one, the one we desire so to move into and become, desires us out here on land a little longer, going our sundry roads to the shore.

--Rumi

mountains covered with fog

When someone is counting out gold for you, don't look at your hands, or the gold. Look at the giver.

--Rumi

seashore during golden hour

Love is not written on paper, for paper can be erased. Nor is it etched on stone, for stone can be broken. But it is inscribed on a heart and there it shall remain forever.

--Rumi

man in black pants sitting on chair

Both light and shadow are the dance of Love.

--Rumi

Longer Version:

Both light and shadow are the dance of Love. Love has no cause, it is the astrolabe of God's secrets. Lover and loving are inseparable and timeless. Although I may try to describe love, when I experience it, I am speechless. Although I may try to write about love, I am rendered helpless. My pen breaks, and the paper slips away at the ineffable place where lover loving and loved are one. Every moment is made glorious by the light of Love.


stars across the sky view at the desert

When was the last time you found treasure coffers ensconced in your own house? Treasures always hide among old ruins and wreckage.

--Rumi

shallow focus photography of brown parquet flooring

Come out of the circle of time
And into the circle of love.

--Rumi

body of water under clear blue sky painting

Come with me while the wine shop is still open.
We are dizzy with meeting each other.

--Rumi

closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers

When inward tenderness finds the secret hurt, pain itself will crack the rock and Ah! Let the soul emerge.

--Rumi

photography of white sky at golden hour

Every need brings what's needed.
Pain bears its cure like a child.
Having nothing produces provisions.
Ask a difficult question,
And the marvelous answer appears.

--Rumi

green trees on brown dried leaves during daytime

Wisdom is like the rain. Its source is limitless, but it comes down according to the season.

--Rumi

Longer Version:

Wisdom is like the rain. Its source is unlimited, but it comes down according to the season. Grocers put sugar in a bag, but their supply of sugar is not the amount in the bag. When you come to a grocer, he has sugar in abundance. But he sees how much money you have brought and gives accordingly. Your currency on this Path is resolution and faith, and you are taught according to your resolution and faith. When you come seeking sugar, they examine your bag to see what its capacity is; then they measure out accordingly.


brown textile in close up image

Last night you left me and slept your own deep sleep. Tonight you turn and turn. I say, 'You and I will be together till the Universe dissolves.' You mumble back things you thought of when you were drunk.

--Rumi

sliced lemon on pink surface

God made the Illusion look Real and the Real an Illusion !

--Rumi

man holding smartphone in close up photography

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

depth photography of purple petaled flowers

It is God's kindness to terrify you in order to lead you to safety.

--Rumi

pink petaled flower on white surface

Tender words we spoke to one another are sealed in the secret vaults of heaven. One day like rain, they will fall to earth and grow green all over the world.

--Rumi

clear hour glass beside pink flowers

What is agony of the spirit? To advance toward death without seizing hold of the Water of Life.

--Rumi

brown wooden heart shaped figurine

Don't look for Love, look for the one looking for Love.

--Rumi

black and white duck on brown wooden dock during daytime

You dance inside my chest, where no one sees you.

--Rumi

3 women playing soccer on green grass field during daytime

Everything else than sea is a torment to a fish.

--Rumi

man holding brown violin

This outward spring and garden are a reflection of the inward garden.

--Rumi

man skiing on land

The art of knowing is knowing what to ignore.

--Rumi

yellow and purple flower with white background

You have no need to travel anywhere. Journey within yourself, enter a mine of rubies and bathe in the splendor of your own light.

--Rumi

woman standing on forest

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river of joy within you.

--Rumi

gray concrete road between green trees during daytime

I died as a mineral and became a plant, I died as a plant and rose to animal, I died as an animal and I was Man. Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?

--Rumi

street lamp

Don't feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you.

--Rumi

woman sitting on rock facing plunge waterfalls

Longing is the core of mystery. Longing itself brings the cure. The only rule is, suffer the pain. Your desires must be disciplined And what you want to happen in time, sacrificed.

--Rumi

clear hour glass with brown frame

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.

--Rumi

lion on green grass during golden hour

Give yourself completely to the one you call God. If you are not doing it you are wasting your time here.

--Rumi

man raising arms between greenfield

Let go of your mind and then be mindful.
Close your ears and listen!

--Rumi

purple lavender flower

The spiritual path wrecks the body And afterwards restores it to health. It destroys the house to unearth the treasure, And with that treasure builds it better than before.

--Rumi

brown leaf tree facing the lake

God writes spiritual Mysteries on our heart, where they wait silently for discovery.

--Rumi

brown sand under blue sky during daytime

If you love someone, you are always joined with them -- in joy, in absence, in solitude, in strife.

--Rumi

red rose in close up photography

Listen, open a window to God and begin to delight yourself by gazing upon Him through the opening.

--Rumi

green trees on body of water during daytime

From myself I am copper, through you, friend, I am gold. From myself I'm a stone, but through you, I am a gem!

--Rumi

man kissing the woman wearing blue polka-dot dress

When you feel a peaceful joy, that's when you are near truth.

--Rumi

blue sky

The source is within you. And this whole world is springing up from it.

--Rumi

man sitting on concrete brick with opened laptop on his lap

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

--Rumi

autumn leaves on body of water

Love is a tree, and the lovers are its shade.

--Rumi

Longer Version:

The intellectual is always showing off,
the lover is always getting lost.
The intellectual runs away.
afraid of drowning;
the whole business of love
is to drown in the sea.
Intellectuals plan their repose;
lovers are ashamed to rest.
The lover is always alone.
even surrounded by people;
like water and oil, he remains apart.
The man who goes to the trouble
of giving advice to a lover
get nothing. He's mocked by passion.
Love is like musk. It attracts attention.
Love is a tree, and the lovers are its shade.


red rose illustration

A heart filled with love is like a phoenix that no cage can imprison.

--Rumi

Arizona landscape

The interpretation that makes you ardent and hopeful and active and reverent is the true one.

--Rumi

red and yellow abstract painting

Yesterday is gone and took away its tale.
Today we must live a fresh story again.

--Rumi

brown sands

The body's a mirror of heaven: Its energies make angels jealous. Our purity astounds seraphim. Devils shiver at our nerve.

--Rumi

None

Last night I begged the Wise One to tell me the secret of the world.
Gently, gently, he whispered, "Be quiet, the secret cannot be spoken, It is wrapped in silence.'

--Rumi

concert photos

Cease looking for flowers! There blooms a garden in your own home.
While you look for trinkets
The treasure house awaits you in your own being.

--Rumi

person standing on rock formation during daytime

Wisdom tells us we are not worthy;
Love tells us we are.
My life flows between the two.

--Rumi

white wall paint with black shadow

People are distracted by objects of desire, and afterward repent of the lust they've indulged, because they have indulged with a phantom and are left even farther from Reality than before.

--Rumi

Longer Version:

People are distracted by objects of desire, and afterwards repent of the lust they've indulged, because they have indulged with a phantom and are left even farther from Reality than before. Your desire for the illusory is a wing, by means of which a seeker might ascend to Reality. When you have indulged a lust, your wing drops off; you become lame and that fantasy flees. Preserve the wing and don't indulge such lust, so that the wing of desire may bear you to Paradise. People fancy they are enjoying themselves, but they are really tearing out their wings for the sake of an illusion.


silhouette photo of couple standing on beach watching sunset

We alchemists look for talent that can heat up and change. Lukewarm won't do. Halfhearted holding back, well-enough getting by? Not here.

--Rumi

library shelf near black wooden ladder

Why should I be unhappy? Each parcel of my being is in full bloom.

--Rumi

yellow tulip flowers

Listen, O drop, give yourself up without regret, and in exchange gain the Ocean.

--Rumi

Longer Version:

Listen, O drop, give yourself up without regret, and in exchange gain the Ocean. Listen, O drop, bestow upon yourself this honor, and in the arms of the Sea be secure. Who indeed should be so fortunate? An Ocean wooing a drop! In God's name, in God's name, sell and buy at once! Give a drop, and take this Sea full of pearls.


red rose

Without the frown of clouds and lightning, the vines would be burned by the smiling sun.

--Rumi

closed door

Your name is upon my tongue your image is in my sight your memory is in my heart where can I send these words that I write ?

--Rumi

yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting

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

--Rumi

man and woman holding hand while walking on bridge

The work of magic is this, that it breathes and at every breath transforms realities.

--Rumi

rock formation under starry skies

Submit to love without thinking, as the sun rose this morning recklessly extinguishing our star-candle minds.

--Rumi

gray cactus plant on white pot

From the urgent way lovers want each other to the seeker's search for truth, all moving is from the mover. Every Pull Draws Us To The Ocean.

--Rumi

black and white window illustration

Feeling lonely and ignoble indicates that you haven't been patient.

--Rumi

orange flowers

Escape from the black cloud that surrounds you.
Then you will see your own light as radiant as the full moon.

--Rumi

fine trees waving

Come on sweetheart let's adore one another before there is no more of you and me.

--Rumi

brown butterfly perched on flower

We've given up making a living, its all this crazy love poetry now!

--Rumi

blue mountains at daytime

Drunks fear the police
but the police are drunk too.

--Rumi

sunflower field during daytime

Peace is wonderful, but ecstatic dance is more fun and less narcissistic.

--Rumi

landscape photography of waves and clouds

Sing to me in the silence of your heart and I will rise up to hear your triumphant song.

--Rumi

boy and cat in front of moon

Embark on the journey of LOVE. It takes you from yourself to yourself.

--Rumi

brown and grey trees and rock formation painting

To love is human. To feel pain is human. Yet to still love despite the pain is pure angel.

--Rumi

blue rose in close up photography

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

--Rumi

yellow flower field near bare trees during daytime

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

--Rumi

orange lily in bloom close up photo

Intellect in its effort to explain Love got stuck in the mud like an ass. Love alone could explain love and loving.

--Rumi

girl leaning on wall during daytime

The only real rest comes when you're alone with God.

--Rumi

landscape photo of mountain during nighttime

Your radiance shines
in every atom of creation
yet our petty desires keep it hidden.

--Rumi

close shot of yellow flowers

Let Silence speak to you about the secrets of the universe.

--Rumi

woman singing on stage

Give your life to the one who already owns your breath and your moments.

--Rumi

body of water under blue sky during daytime

If thou wilt be observant and vigilant, thou wilt see at every moment the response to thy action. Be observant if thou wouldst have a pure heart, for something is born to thee in consequence of every action.

--Rumi

cumulus clouds

I am sunlight slicing the dark.

--Rumi

brown leaf tree facing the lake

If i can only recount the story of my life right out of my body flames will grow.

--Rumi

white bicycle parked beside wall

If you find me not within you, you will never find me. For I have been with you, from the beginning of me.

--Rumi

blue and white striped textile

Listen. Keep silent.
You are not gods mouthpiece.
Try to be an ear.

--Rumi

silhouette photo of six persons on top of mountain

There is a King Who is aware of every Mask you put on.

--Rumi

blue sky with stars during night time

And so it is, that both the Devil and the angelic Spirit present us with objects of desire to awaken our power of choice.

--Rumi

tall green flowering grasses under blue and white cloudy sky

All language is a longing for home.

--Rumi

red rope on three branch

Whoever's calm and sensible is insane!

--Rumi

white and blue ice in water

Let's get away from all the clever humans who put words in our mouth let's only say what our hearts desire.

--Rumi

two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge

I've said before that every craftsman searches for what's not there to practice his craft.

--Rumi

pink umbrella

The feelings trembled and flapped in his chest like a bird newly put in a cage.

--Rumi

sunflower field during daytime

While still in the cage of your being behold the spirit bird before it flies away.

--Rumi

beige concrete wall

The prophets accept all agony and trust it. For the water has never feared the fire.

--Rumi

green leaf in close up photography

Don't move the way fear makes you move.

--Rumi

blue painted wall with white paint

Heartsick, heartbroken -- to know love is to know pain. What could be more common? Even so, each broken heart is so singular that with it we probe the divine.

--Rumi

silhouette of mountains during starry night

If you desire healing,
let yourself fall ill
let yourself fall ill.

--Rumi

light match stick

Raise your words, not your voice.

--Rumi

Longer Version:

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


brown leaf on asphalt road

In Silence there is eloquence.

--Rumi

Longer Version:

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


silhouette of three men falling in line while walking during golden hour

I am so close, I may look distant.

--Rumi

yellow tulip flowers

Explanation by the tongue makes most things clear, But love unexplained is clearer.

--Rumi

man in blue tank top holding green and black skateboard

Remember the entrance to the sanctuary is inside you.

--Rumi

person standing on top of mountain

Whoever travels without a guide, needs two hundred years for a two-day journey.

--Rumi

pink lotus flower on clear body of water

There are many winds full of anger, and lust and greed. They move the rubbish around, but the solid mountain of our true nature stays where it's always been.

--Rumi

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

Snake's poison is life to the snake; it is in relation to man that it means "death."

--Rumi

Arizona landscape

Let lovers be crazy, disgraceful and wild Those who fret about such things Aren't in love.

--Rumi

tilt shift lens pink fetal flowers

Your task?
To work with all the passion of your being to acquire an inner light.

--Rumi

selective focus photo of brown guitar on white pillow

What strikes the oyster shell
doesn't damage the pearl.

--Rumi

yellow flower field during sunset

If I love myself I love you. If I love you I love myself.

--Rumi

woman sitting on black chair in front of glass-panel window with white curtains

The world's flattery and hypocrisy is a sweet morsel: eat less of it, for it is full of fire. Its fire is hidden while its taste is manifest, but its smoke becomes visible in the end.

--Rumi

women's black and pink monokini

Whenever sorrow comes, be kind to it.
For God has placed a pearl in sorrow's hand.

--Rumi

golden retriever inside car

You suppose that you are the lock on the door. But you are the key that opens it.

--Rumi

woman standing on sunflower field

I smile like a flower not only with my lips but with my whole being.

--Rumi

round black and white analog alarm clock

Have you ever gotten breathless before from a beautiful face, for i see you there, my dear.

--Rumi

grayscale photography of person on beach

In the orchard and rose garden I long to see your face. In the taste of Sweetness I long to kiss your lips. In the shadows of passion I long for your love.

--Rumi

white tulips in white background

For the thirst to possess your love, Is worth my blood a hundred times.

--Rumi

red blue yellow and red paint

Open your arms if you want the Beloved's embrace.

--Rumi

gray slabs

I was you
and never knew it.

--Rumi

round black vinyl disc on vinyl player

All religions. All this singing. One sone. Peace be with you.

--Rumi

Longer Version:

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.


Arizona landscape

I saw many humans on whom there were no clothes. I saw many clothes in which there were no humans.

--Rumi

orange moon during nighttime

Water in the boat is the ruin of the boat, but water under the boat is its support.

--Rumi

white wooden table near brown chair

A woman is a mystery to guide a wise and open man.

--Rumi

clear hour glass

You wander from room to room Hunting for the diamond necklace That is already around your neck!

--Rumi

brown french bulldog wearing red and white santa hat sitting on yellow pasta

You think the shadow is the substance.

--Rumi

shillouette photo of person standing at the peak

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.

--Rumi

brown leaf tree facing the lake

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

--Rumi

landscape photography of mountain

You show your worth by what you seek.

--Rumi

blue and white striped textile

Now i am sober and there's only the hangover and the memory of love.

--Rumi

close up photography of moon

Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction.

--Rumi

brown, black, and white butterfly on purple petaled flower photo

The Inspiration You Seek
Is Already Within You.
Be Silent and Listen.

--Rumi

photo of underwater

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

--Rumi

silhouette of man on top of hill overlooking lighted city at dawn

I am dying into your mystery, and dying, I am now no other than that mystery. I open to your majesty as an orchard welcomes rain, and twenty times that.

--Rumi

white petaled flower

When you stop admiring yourself and let the eyes of the heart open your vision to vast other worlds then all you do, will become admirable.

--Rumi

silhouette of man on top of hill overlooking lighted city at dawn

The Water said to the dirty one, "Come here."
The dirty one said, "I am too ashamed."
The water replied, "How will your shame be washed away without me?"

--Rumi

sunflower with clear glass vase on gray table

Return from existence to nonexistence. You are seeking the Lord and you belong to him. Nonexistence is a place of income; flee it not. This existence of more and less is a place of expenditure.

--Rumi

brown wooden heart shaped figurine

The soul: a wide listening sky with thousands of candles.

--Rumi

four handheld gardening tools on rack

The ego is a veil between humans and God. In prayer all are equal.

--Rumi

selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

Nothing I say can explain to you Divine Love Yet all of creation cannot seem to stop talking about it.

--Rumi

boat on sea far away from island

O Love, O pure deep Love, be here, be now, be all.

--Rumi

Longer Version:

O Love, O pure deep Love, be here, be now, Be all "worlds dissolve into your stainless endless radiance, Frail living leaves burn with your brighter than cold stares "Make me your servant, your breath, your core.


photography of white wall lot

Dear soul, don't set a high value on someone before they deserve it; You either lose them or ruin yourself...!

--Rumi

green trees under white sky during daytime

I have no fear
to burn my mouth and throat
I'm ready to drink every flame and more.

--Rumi

pug lying on pet bed

To live without you is to be robbed of love and what is life without it? To live without you is death to me, my love but some call it life.

--Rumi

two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge

Take time like the river that never grows stale. Keep going and steady. No hurry, no rush.

--Rumi

person wearing round black analog watch at 9:46

Go to the well of deep Love inside each of Us.

--Rumi

photo of outer space

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

--Rumi

white snow mountain

Whatever pearl you seek, look for the pearl within the pearl!

--Rumi

white flower graphic wallpaper

The sweetness and delights of the resting-place are in proportion to the pain endured on the Journey. Only when you suffer the pangs and tribulations of exile will you truly enjoy your homecoming.

--Rumi

silhouette photo of six persons on top of mountain

There is a window from one heart to another heart.

--Rumi

gray and brown hummingbird perching on yellow petaled flower

Close your eyes, fall in Love, stay there.

--Rumi

yellow flowers

Love is the energizing elixir of the Universe, the cause and effect of all Harmony.

--Rumi

green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky

When love for God has been doubled in your heart,
there is no doubt that God has love for you.

--Rumi

purple-petaled flowers

Lovers think they are looking for each other, but there is only one search: wandering This world is wandering that, both inside one transparent sky. In here there is no dogma and no heresy.

--Rumi

blue wooden door opened

If someone asks,
But what is Love?
Answer,
Dissolving the will.

--Rumi

woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

Burdens are the foundations of ease and bitter things the forerunners of pleasure.

--Rumi

white ceramic pencil organizer on top of stack of books

Rise up nimbly and go on your strange journey!

--Rumi

pink tulip in bloom close up photo

Those of you who are scattered,
simplify your worrying lives. There is one
righteousness: Water the fruit trees,
and don't water the thorns.

--Rumi

silhouette of stones during golden hour

On the path of Love we are neither masters nor the owners of our lives. We are only a brush in the hand of the Master Painter.

--Rumi

brown and grey trees and rock formation painting

Many of the faults you see in others, dear reader, are your own nature reflected in them.

--Rumi

white tulip flower in close up photography

A mountain keeps an echo deep inside itself. That's how I hold your voice.

--Rumi

snow-capped mountain at the horizon viewed from lake dock

I am not this hair. I am not this skin. I am the soul that lives within.

--Rumi

woman lying on pool

We are the mirror as well as the face in it.
We are tasting the taste this minute of eternity.
We are pain and what cures pain both.
We are the sweet cold water and the jar that pours.

--Rumi

Longer Version:

We are the mirror, as well as the face in it.
We are tasting the taste of eternity this minute.
We are pain and what cures pain.
We are the sweet cold water and the jar that pours.

Soul of the world, no life, nor world remain,
no beautiful women and men longing.
Only this ancient love circling the holy black stone of nothing.
Where the lover is the loved, the horizon and everything within it.


brown wallpaper

My heart is so small
it's almost invisible.
How can you place
such big sorrows in it?
"Look," he answered,
"your eyes are even smaller,
yet they behold the world."

--Rumi

purple flowers under cloudy sky

Lovers drink wine all day and night and tear the veils of the mind.
When drunk with love's wine, body, heart and soul become one.

--Rumi

white petaled flowers beside gray wall

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

yellow flowers

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

--Rumi

bird in the sky

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

--Rumi

two grey elephants on grass plains during sunset

Reason is powerless in the expression of love.

--Rumi

Longer Version:

Reason is powerless in the expression of Love. Love alone is capable of revealing the truth of Love and being a Lover. The way of our prophets is the way of Truth. If you want to live, die in Love; die in Love if you want to remain alive.


aerial photography of pine trees with mist

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.

--Rumi

silhouette of woman during sunset

Some nights stay up till dawn, as the moon sometimes does for the sun. Be a full bucket pulled up the dark way of a well, then lifted out into light.

--Rumi

silhouette photography of man illustration

Travelers, it is late. Life's sun is going to set. During these brief days that you have strength, be quick and spare no effort of your wings.

--Rumi

two birds on flight

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.

--Rumi

fawn pug on bed

The moon has become a dancer at this festival of love.

--Rumi

None

Journey from the self to the Self and find the mine of gold. Leave behind what is sour and bitter and move toward the sweet.

--Rumi

yellow tulip flowers

The pure heart is a spotless mirror in which images of infinite beauty are reflected.

--Rumi

purple, white, and pink floral painting

Wash the dust from your SOUl and HEART with wisdom's WATER.

--Rumi

fawn pug on bed

Gamble everything for love, if you're a true human being.

--Rumi

Longer Version:

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


yellow sunflower in close up photography

I have come to drag you out of yourself and take you into my heart. I have come to bring out the beauty you never knew you had, and lift you like a prayer to the sky.

--Rumi

brown mountain

I am burning. If anyone lacks tinder, let him set his rubbish ablaze with my fire.

--Rumi

lion on green grass during golden hour

Pour out wine till I become a wanderer from myself; for in selfhood and existence I have felt only fatigue.

--Rumi

brown, black, and white butterfly on purple petaled flower photo

Keep on knocking 'til the joy inside opens a window look to see who's there.

--Rumi

Close-up of a white line on green grass in a soccer field

There is no worse sickness for the soul, o you who are proud, than this pretense of perfection.

--Rumi

selective focus photo of green snake plant

There's hidden sweetness in the stomach's emptiness.

--Rumi

woman in black tank top and gray leggings doing yoga

What in your life is calling you, When all the noise is silenced, The meetings adjourned... The lists laid aside, And the Wild Iris blooms By itself In the dark forest... What still pulls on your soul?

--Rumi

mountains under white mist at daytime

As you live Deeper in the Heart, the Mirror gets clearer and cleaner.

--Rumi

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

If you have not learned to be a passionate lover, do not count your life as lived. On the day of reckoning, it will not be counted.

--Rumi

galaxy wallpaper

Wake up Lovers, It is time to start the Journey! Let us kiss the ground and flow like a river towards the Ocean. Only love can lead the way.

--Rumi

solid background

Run from what's comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. I have tried prudent planning long enough. From now on I'll be mad.

--Rumi

sunflower

Tonight the moon kisses the stars.
O beloved,be like that to me!

--Rumi

aerial view of river in between green trees during daytime

We may know who we are or we may not. We may be Muslims, Jews or Christians but until our hearts become the mould for every heart we will see only our differences.

--Rumi

man in Burton shirt facing ocean

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.

--Rumi

woman doing yoga on rock platform next to body of water

There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled. You feel it, don't you? You feel the separation from the Beloved. Invite Him to fill you up, embrace the fire.

--Rumi

gray-scale photo of man and woman holding hands

Everything that you want, you are already that.

--Rumi

purple petaled flower

Two there are who are never satisfied -- the lover of the world and the lover of knowledge.

--Rumi

mountain with tree during daytime

Each moment from all sides rushes to us the call to love. We are running to contemplate its vast green field. Do you want to come with us?

--Rumi

man in Burton shirt facing ocean

Your body is woven from the light of heaven. Are you aware that its purity and swiftness is the envy of angels and its courage keeps even devils away.

--Rumi

two blue beach chairs near body of water

O my choice beauty You've gone But your love remains in my heart Your image in my eye O guide on my winding road I keep turning round and round in the hopes of Finding you.

--Rumi

close up photo of tree

You moan, "She left me." "He left me,"
Twenty more will come.

--Rumi

plain background

Inside the Great Mystery that is, we don't really own anything. What is this competition we feel then, before we go, one at a time, through the same gate?

--Rumi

plain background

When you find yourself with the Beloved, embracing for
one breath, in that moment you will find your true destiny.
Alas, don't spoil this precious moment.
Moments like this are very, very rare.

--Rumi

gold round wall clock on white painted wall

To change, you must face the dragon of your appetites with another dragon: the life-energy of the soul.

--Rumi

palm tree under orange sky

Our purpose here on earth: to manifest the very nature of our spirit, which is touched by the spirit of God.

--Rumi

purple petaled flower

Break your pitcher against a rock. We don't need any longer to haul pieces of the ocean around.

--Rumi

body of water under clear blue sky painting

There is none dwelling in the house but God. When a man is awakened he melts and perishes.

--Rumi

red surface

Let a thousand wrangling desires become one Love.

--Rumi

green leafed plant

A servant wants to be rewarded for what he does. A lover wants only to be in love's presence, that ocean whose depth will never be known.

--Rumi

yellow background

For hundreds of thousands of years I have been dust-grains floating and flying in the will of the air, often forgetting ever being in that state, but in sleep I migrate back.

--Rumi

pink and red flowers

Through your love existence and nonexistence merge.
All opposites unite.
All that is profane
becomes sacred again.

--Rumi

mountain summit during sunset

Light up the fire of love inside and blaze the thoughts away.

--Rumi

man in cowboy hat

Don't you know yet? It is your Light that lights the worlds.

--Rumi

green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. Welcome and entertain them all! .

--Rumi

long exposure photography of beach

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

--Rumi

blue sky with stars during night time

Bitter your acts, bitter am I, Kindness your deeds, kindness am I, Pleasant and gentle, so you are, Fine honeyed lips and sweet talker.

--Rumi

person holding pocket watch

If you could untie your wings and free your soul of jealousy, you and everyone around you would fly up like doves.

--Rumi

adobe wall

A lover in life will be a lover in death, a lover in the tomb, a lover in paradise, a lover on the day of resurrection.

--Rumi

yellow sunflower on white wall

The ground's generosity takes in our compost and grows beauty! Try to be more like the ground.

--Rumi

landscape photography of mountain

Everyone sleeps, except lovers, who stay awake, telling stories to God.

--Rumi

purple flower on purple textile

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.

--Rumi

sealion surrounded by rocks during daytime

You are the Essence of the Essence, The intoxication of Love. I long to sing Your Praises but stand mute with the agony of wishing in my heart !

--Rumi

man in Burton shirt facing ocean

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.

--Rumi

bunch of tulips flower on wooden surface

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.

--Rumi

wallpaper plain

Die! Die! Die in this love!
If you die in this love,Your soul will be renewed.
Die! Die! Don't fear the death of that which is known
If you die to the temporal, You will become timeless.

--Rumi

pink tulips on gray wooden surface

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

--Rumi

lights pattern swirls

Your sweetest blasphemy is the truest devotion. Through you a whole world is freed.

--Rumi

Close-up of a white line on green grass in a soccer field

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

--Rumi

A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs

In things spiritual, there is no partition, no number, no individuals. How sweet is the oneness-unearth the treasure of Unity.

--Rumi

woman in white shirt sitting on brown rock near lake during daytime

Love alone can explain the mysteries of Love.

--Rumi

person walking on snowfield

Love is the vital core of the soul. And of all you see, only love is infinite.

--Rumi

white snow mountain

Where you are, whatever your condition is; Always try to be a lover.

--Rumi

shallow focus photo of white rose

Faith in the king comes easily in lovely times, but be faithful now and endure, pale lover.

--Rumi

woman carrying toddler on seashore

The middle path is the way to wisdom.

--Rumi

aerial photo of foggy mountains

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

--Rumi

blue and white abstract painting

O, Great Spirit, open my eyes, open heart's wings, open my ears to your voice in all things.

--Rumi

silhouette of mountain

Why are you knocking at every other door? Go, knock at the door of your own heart.

--Rumi

calm body of water near alp mountains during nighttime

Sit quietly and listen for a voice that will say, "Be more silent." As that happens, your soul starts to revive.

--Rumi

pink and red flowers

Even though in the world you are the most learned scholar of the time, Behold the vanishing of this world and this time!

--Rumi

two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge

Flowers open every night
across the sky, a breathing peace,
and sudden flame catching.

--Rumi

white and black bird

Let soul speak with the silent articulation of a face.

--Rumi

bare trees under blue sky

If your guidance is your ego, don't rely on luck for help. you sleep during the day and the nights are short. By the time you wake up your life may be over.

--Rumi

pink and white tulips on white surface

All loves are a bridge to Divine love. Yet, those who have not had a taste of it do not know!

--Rumi

white stars in the sky during night time

Why am I seeking? I am the same as he. His essence speaks through me. I have been looking for myself.

--Rumi

person holding sunflower

Do you think I know what I'm doing? That for one breath or half-breath I belong to myself? As much as a pen knows what it's writing, or the ball can guess where it's going next.

--Rumi

round Timex analog clock at 2:33

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

--Rumi

water on seashore

It's no good giving my heart and my
Soul because you already have these.
So I've brought you a mirror.
Look at yourself and remember me.

--Rumi

pink and green flower painting

Tie two birds together. They will not be able to fly, even though they now have four wings.

--Rumi

closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

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.

--Rumi

lighted candle in dark room

There are many languages in the world; in meaning all are the same. If you break the cups, water will be unified and will flow together.

--Rumi

black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

They are the chosen ones
who have surrendered ...
Once they were particles of light
now they are the radiant sun!

--Rumi

black fawn pug playing with plush toy

Bring the sky beneath your feet and listen to celestial music everywhere.

--Rumi

top view photography of heart latte coffee

Stop searching here and there, the jewels are inside YOU.

--Rumi

man in black jacket sitting on chair

Do you hear what the music is saying? 'Come follow me and you will find the way. Your mistakes can also lead you to the truth. When you ask, the answer will be given.'

--Rumi

closeup photography of brown and gray concrete bricks

Poverty is not for the sake of hardship. No, it is there because nothing exists but Allah. Poverty unlocks the door -- what a blessed key!

--Rumi

houses and trees during nighttime

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

--Rumi

Longer Version:

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.


grayscale photography of mountain surrounded by trees

I went inside my heart
to see how it was.
Something there makes me hear
the whole world weeping.

--Rumi

closeup photography of brown and gray concrete bricks

Don't run away from grief, o' soul Look for the remedy inside the pain because the rose came from the thorn and the ruby came from a stone.

--Rumi

person doing yoga exercises

We are born of love; Love is our mother.

--Rumi

rock formation under starry skies

Speak Little. Learn the words of eternity.
Go beyond your tangled thoughts and
find the splendor of paradise.

--Rumi

analog clock at 5:55

Blessed is anyone who knows who he or she really is and builds a place to live there.

--Rumi

golden retriever inside car

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

--Rumi

blue wall

The spirit and the body carry different loads and require different attentions. Too often we put the saddlebags on Jesus and let the donkey run loose in the pasture.

--Rumi

brown and gray mountains during daytime

Quit acting like a wolf, and feel the shepherd's love filling you.

--Rumi

silhouette of man and woman during sunset

When you lose all sense of self the bonds of a thousands chains will vanish. Lose yourself completely, return to the root of the root of your own soul.

--Rumi

man in Burton shirt facing ocean

Your way begins at the other side.
Become the sky.
Take an axe to the prison wall.
Escape.
Walk out like someone suddenly born into color.
Do it now.

--Rumi

solid background

Someday our souls will be one and
our union will be forever.
I know that everything I give you comes back to me.
So I give you my life , hoping that you will come back to me.

--Rumi

glass window pane with yellow concrete wall

Be motivated like the falcon, hunt gloriously. Be magnificent as the leopard, fight to win. Spend less time with nightingales and peacocks. One is all talk, the other only color.

--Rumi

couple standing on grass field mountain

There is a community of the spirit
Join it, and feel the delight
of walking in the noisy street,
and being the noise.

--Rumi

Longer Version:

There is a community of the spirit. Join it, and feel the delight of walking in the noisy street and being the noise. Drink all your passion, and be a disgrace. Close both eyes to see with the other eye.


icy mountain scenery

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.

--Rumi

pink and white tulips on white surface

Fruits ripen with a little warmth, not fire,
A furnace's heat fruit does not require..

--Rumi

shallow focus photo of green leaves

Fasting blinds the body in order to open the eyes of your soul.

--Rumi

shallow focus photography of bee on flower

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

--Rumi

women's black and pink monokini

You are the root of heaven, the morning star, the bright moon, the house of endless Love.

--Rumi

man raising arms between greenfield

Counterfeiters exist because there is such a thing as real gold.

--Rumi

person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

The satiated person and the hungry one do not see the same thing when they look upon a loaf of bread.

--Rumi

white satellite dish under starry night

Regard a king as someone unconcerned with kingship.

--Rumi

yellow petaled flower screenshot

That's how you came here, like a star without a name. Move across the night sky with those anonymous lights.

--Rumi

pink flowers in tilt shift lens

LOVE will lay a carpet of treasures under your feet.

--Rumi

ocean wave in shallow focus lens

When you go through a hard period, When everything seems to oppose you, ... When you feel you cannot even bear one more minute, NEVER GIVE UP! Because it is the time and place that the course will divert!

--Rumi

black and yellow wall sconce

This physical world has no two things alike.
Every comparison is awkwardly rough.
You can put a lion next to a man,
but the placing is hazardous to both.

--Rumi

sunset

You show your worth by what you seek.

--Rumi

green leaf

Yesterday was glory and joy. Today, a blackened burn everywhere. On the record of my life, these two days will be put down as one.

--Rumi

laughing woman photo

Pure souls, didn't I tell you not to be seduced by this colorful world for I am the Ultimate Painter.

--Rumi

white Starbuck plastic cup on brown fabric armchair

God put thorns around the
Love's door to stop anyone
who's not a Lover from entering.

--Rumi

woman holding brown umbrella

Wings of Love long only to fly away from all directions.

--Rumi

pink and white tulips on white surface

Don't be the rider who gallops all nightand never sees the horse that is beneath him.

--Rumi

black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

Be a spot of ground where nothing is growing,
where something might be planted,
a seed, possibly, from the Absolute.

--Rumi

sunset

Pull the thorn of existence out of the heart! Fast! For when you do, you will see thousands of rose gardens in yourself.

--Rumi

fan of 1 US dollar banknotes and coins on beige surface

This moment is all there is.

--Rumi

man and woman holding hand while walking on bridge

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

--Rumi

bird in the sky

You transform all who are touched by you.
Mundane concerns, troubles, and sorrows
dissolve in your presence, bringing JOY.

--Rumi

ocean

When someone critises 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.

--Rumi

pink and white abstract painting

This is not a day for asking questions, not a day on any calendar. This day is conscious of itself. This day is a lover, bread, and gentleness, more manifest than saying can say.

--Rumi

white textile on brown wooden table

Listen my love, illumination is eternal. Now is always evolving. As there are billions of stars, there are billions of steps. As there are billions of souls, there are billions of ways to grow.

--Rumi

group of elephant on brown field under white clouds during daytime

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.

--Rumi

body of water during daytime

There is a secret medicine given only to those who hurt so hard they can't hope. The hopers would feel slighted if they knew.

--Rumi

blue wallpaper

There is no worse torture than knowing intellectually about love and the way.

--Rumi

pavement surrounded with dried leaves

Your eyes are even smaller,
yet they behold the world.

--Rumi

black fishes

I have been so naughted in Thy Love's existence that my nonexistence is a thousand times sweeter than my existence.

--Rumi

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

And he misses her Like a wind starved sail He sits knowing what direction to go But the current keeps pulling him Down river.

--Rumi

black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

I looked in temples churches and mosques. But I found the Divine within my heart.

--Rumi

close-up photograph of black dreadnought acoustic guitar

A pearl goes up for auction. No one has enough, so the pearl buys itself.

--Rumi

Arizona landscape

Once you have met a true human being,
Let him not disappear from the horizon of your HEART.

--Rumi

pair of white lace-up shoes

This is the essence of all sciences -- that you should know who you will be when the Day of Reckoning arrives.

--Rumi

person in blue denim jeans and brown leather boots

Your longing for ME is my message to you, All your attempts to reach ME, Are in reality MY attempts to reach you.

--Rumi

man on running field

What is the body? That shadow of a shadow
of your love, that somehow contains
the entire universe.

--Rumi

lone tree in grassland

My religion is to be alive from LOVE.

--Rumi

photography of white sky at golden hour

Your thoughts are a veil on the face of the Moon. That Moon is your heart, and those thoughts cover your heart. So let them go, just let them fall into the water.

--Rumi

yellow labrador retriever puppy sitting on floor

The eye goes blind when it only wants to see why.

--Rumi

yellow flower in green grass field

Let's ask God to help us to self-control for one who lacks it, lacks his grace.

--Rumi

blue and white abstract painting

People want you to be happy. Don't keep serving them your pain! If you could untie your wings and free your soul of jealousy, you and everyone around you would fly up like doves.

--Rumi

sunset

Everyone turns toward someone. Look for one scarred by the King's polo stick.

--Rumi

mixed paints in a plate

I am so mad with love that mad men say to me -- be still!

--Rumi

white and red flower with green leaves

Everyone is overridden by thoughts;
that's why they have so much heartache and sorrow.

--Rumi

pair of white lace-up shoes

When someone mentions the gracefulness of the night sky, climb up on the roof and dance and say, like this?

--Rumi

pink flowers in vase

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

--Rumi

mountains under white mist at daytime

Infinite mercy flows continually
But you're asleep and can't see it.

--Rumi

red textile in close up photography

We came whirling out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust...
The stars made a circle, and in the middle, we dance.

--Rumi

two person standing while watching sky

If you wish to be a mine of jewels, open the deep ocean within your heart.

--Rumi

blue

When we talk about God,
we're like a school of fish,
discussing the possible existence of the sea.

--Rumi

person wearing red jacket climbing on glacier

What a relief to be empty! Then God can live your life.

--Rumi

rainbow

You the one in all, say who I am.
Say I am you.

--Rumi

green-leafed plant

Believe in love's infinite journey, for it is your own, for you are love. Love is life.

--Rumi

wall

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.

--Rumi

yellow sunflower in bloom during daytime

Everything is soul and flowering.

--Rumi

white Starbuck plastic cup on brown fabric armchair

Only union with you gives joy.
The rest if tearing down one building to put up another.

--Rumi

man in black jacket and pants jumping on white rock

Love is the way messengers
from the mystery tell us things.

--Rumi

blue and white light digital wallpaper

Things are such that someone lifting a cup, or watching the rain, petting a dog, or singing, just singing -- could be doing as much for this universe as anyone.

--Rumi

street lamp

You don't live on the earth, you are passing through it.

--Rumi

grayscale photo of elephant on grass field

Friends are enemies sometimes, and enemies friends.

--Rumi

boy standing on grass and facing fence during daytime

Let people catch something from your heart that will cause no discomfort, but help them to sing.

--Rumi

person holding gray leaf

The moment you accept what troubles you've been given, the door will open.

--Rumi

red moon at night

I Wish I Could Give You A Taste Of The Burning Fire Of Love. There Is A Fire Blazing Inside Of Me. If I Cry About It, Or If I Don't, The Fire Is At Work, Night And Day.

--Rumi

brown wooden board

Soul, if you want to learn secrets,
your heart must forget about
shame and dignity.
You are God's lover,
yet you worry
what people
are saying.

--Rumi

low angle photo of starry night

Giving thanks for abundance is sweeter than the abundance itself.

--Rumi

red tulips

Happy, not from anything that happens. Warm, not from fire or a hot bath. Light, I register zero on a scale.

--Rumi

blue and white abstract painting

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.

--Rumi

purple-petaled flowers

If you do not possess the staff of caution and discrimination, use the eyes of him who sees. If there is no staff of caution and discrimination, do not wander on the road without a guide.

--Rumi

brown grass field near gray rocky mountain during daytime

In fact, I am aware of the fake entities in my life.
I know that I can clear them if I wanted to in a moment.
But all this hollowness Needs my Sincerity.

--Rumi

purple-petaled flower on selective focus photography

You left ground and sky weeping, mind and soul full of grief. No one can take your place in existence or in absence.

--Rumi

Longer Version:

You left ground and sky weeping, mind and soul full of grief. No one can take your place in existence, or in absence. Both mourn, the angels, the prophets, and this sadness I feel has taken from me the taste of language, so that I cannot say the flavor of my being apart.


person on road at sunset

Drum sound rises on the air, its throb, my heart. A voice inside the beat says, "I know you're tired, but come. This is the way.

--Rumi

silhouette of man

I said, O Love, tell me this: Does the Lord know you are treating me this way? Love said to me, yes He does, just be totally… totally… silent.

--Rumi

man sitting on concrete brick with opened laptop on his lap

Each and every part of the world is a snare for the fool and a means of deliverance for the wise.

--Rumi

pink and white computer keyboard beside yellow framed sunglasses

The glance of Love is crystal clear.

--Rumi

red tulip flowers under calm blue sky

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

--Rumi

person holding red and beige twin bell analog alarm clock

The way to heaven is within.

--Rumi

Longer Version:

The way to heaven is within. Shake the wings of love -- when love's wings have become strong, there is no need to trouble about a ladder.


person holding sunflower bouquet during daytime

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.

--Rumi

brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

Look at these worlds spinning out of nothingness. That is within your power.

--Rumi

black pug puppy on white and pink textile

Lovers are patient and know that the moon needs time to become full.

--Rumi

person in blue denim jeans and brown leather boots

I never really cared for the things of this world. It was the glow of Your Presence that filled it with beauty.

--Rumi

shallow focus photography of brown and black bird

Rise up nimbly and go on your strange journey!

--Rumi

sunset with rainbow

Before death takes away what you are given, give away what there is to give.

--Rumi

brown trees on brown field during daytime

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

--Rumi

man sitting on wooden bench near black metal railings

A strange passion is moving in my head My heart has become a bird which searches in the sky. Every part of me goes in different directions. Is it really so that the one I love is Everywhere?

--Rumi

backdrop solid

A wealth you cannot imagine
flows through you.
Do not consider what strangers say.
Be secluded in your secret heart-house,
that bowl of silence.

--Rumi

leafless tree on snow covered ground

Every tree, every growing thing as it grows, says this truth, you harvest what you sow.

--Rumi

Longer Version:

Every tree, every growing thing as it grows, says THIS truth, you harvest what you sow. With life as short as a half-taken breath, don't plant anything but love.


flat lay photography of several hanging ornaments

Remember, the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you.

--Rumi

sunset

I will be waiting here.... For your silence to break, For your soul to shake, For your love to wake!

--Rumi

landscape photography of mountain

Whatever happens, just keep smiling and lose yourself in Love.

--Rumi

blue rose

We are even higher than the heavens, we are greater than angels; Why should we not transcend both? Our lodging-place is Majesty.

--Rumi

yellow rose flower

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

--Rumi

trees at sunset

I'm dominated by Love, By my passion of love for Love.

--Rumi

yellow sunflower in glass vase

A seeing eye is better than three hundred blind men's: The eye can distinguish pearls from pebbles.

--Rumi

body of water under cloudy sky at night

Only love itself can explain love and lovers.

--Rumi

time lapse photography body of water

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.

--Rumi

silhouette of flower during sunset

Looking at my life
I see that only Love
Has been my soul's companion
From deep inside
My soul cries out:
Do not wait, surrender
For the sake of Love.

--Rumi

black textile in close up photography

No one knows what makes the soul wake up so happy! Maybe a dawn breeze has blown the veil from the face of God.

--Rumi

blue boat on sand near body of water during daytime

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.

--Rumi

sunset hgihway

In this life many demolitions are actually renovations.

--Rumi

purple petaled flower

The world is a playground, and death is the night.

--Rumi

person in black jacket standing on beach during daytime

Half-heartedness doesn't reach into majesty. You set out to find God, but then you keep stopping for long periods at meanspirited roadhouses.

--Rumi

None

There's a morning when presence comes over your soul. You sing like a rooster in your earth-colored shape. Your heart hears and, no longer frantic, begins to dance.

--Rumi

selective focus photography of grey coin operated telescope

We owe thankfulness to God, not sour faces.

--Rumi

men's white dress shirt

The Earth turns to Gold, in the hands of the wise.

--Rumi

purple flower in tilt shift lens

Love is the reality, and poetry is the drum.

--Rumi

selective focus photography of pink petaled flower

Everyone sees the unseen in proportion to the clarity of his heart, and that depends upon how much he has polished it. Whoever has polished it more sees more -- more unseen forms become manifest to him.

--Rumi

nebulas

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.

--Rumi

purple flower

If you follow the ways in which you were trained, which you may have inherited, for no other reason than this, you are illogical.

--Rumi

selective photography of dried leaf

Set your sights on a place higher than your eyes can see.

--Rumi

brown and grey trees and rock formation painting

The rose does best as a rose. Lilies make the best lilies. And look! You -- the best you around!

--Rumi

high-angle photography of mountain at sunset

Why should I stay at the bottom of a well, when a strong rope is in my hand?

--Rumi

focus photo of a hummingbird on leaf

There's no need to travel anywhere. Journey within yourself.

--Rumi

blue rose

Limp along until your legs are spent, and you fall flat and your energy is drained. Then the grace of the Divine will lift you.

--Rumi

top view photography of heart latte coffee

Be patient, even if every possibility seems closed.

--Rumi

body of water surrounded with plants under cloudy sky

If the Beautiful One is not inside you, then what is that Light hidden under your cloak?

--Rumi

sun

Be grateful for your life, every detail of it,
and your face will come to shine like a sun,
and everyone who sees it will
be made glad and peaceful.

--Rumi

black textile in close up photography

Let your throat-song
be clear and strong enough to make an emperor fall full-length
suppliant, at the door.

--Rumi

person in black and white mask

The moment an inspiring thought enters your heart, appreciate it as a dear guest visiting you that day.

--Rumi

time lapse photography of lightning during storm

Do not grieve over any joy that has gone forever, for it will return to you in another form, know that for sure.

--Rumi

silhouette of people riding bicycle

Through love the devil becomes an angel.
Through love stones become soft as butter.
Through love grief is like delight.
Through love demons become the servants of God.

--Rumi

red rose

Be wild and crazy and drunk with love,
if you are too careful, love will not find you.

--Rumi

brown, black, and white butterfly on purple petaled flower photo

Love is the common denominator that unites all people whatever religion they are.

--Rumi

person holding brown leaf

The life of this world is nothing but the harmony of opposites.

--Rumi

flat lay photography teacup on top of saucer

I belong to no religion. My religion is love. Every heart is my temple.

--Rumi

silhouette of mountain during golden hour

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.

--Rumi

shillouette photo of person standing at the peak

I love my friends neither with my heart nor with my mind.
Just in case...
Heart might stop. Mind can forget.
I love them with my soul.
Soul never stops or forgets.

--Rumi

grayscale photo of pug on floor

Do not believe in an absurdity no matter who says it.

--Rumi

body of water surrounded with plants under cloudy sky

Don't grieve for what doesn't come. Some things that don't happen keep disasters from happening.

--Rumi

orange flowers

Moonlight floods the whole sky from horizon to horizon;
How much it can fill your room depends on its windows.

--Rumi

rainbow

Water the fruit trees and don't water the thorns.

--Rumi

houses and trees during nighttime

I want your sun to reach my raindrops, so your heat can raise my soul upward like a cloud.

--Rumi

brown and black tiger near body of water

Whoever gives reverence receives reverence.

--Rumi

bunch of tulips flower on wooden surface

The angel is free because of his knowledge, the beast because of his ignorance. Between the two remains the son of man to struggle.

--Rumi

rainbow desert

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

--Rumi

silhouette of flower during sunset

For years, copying other people, I tried to know myself. From within, I couldn't decide what to do. Unable to see, I heard my name being called. Then I walked outside.

--Rumi

blue rose

Don't be sad! Because God sends hope in the most desperate moments. Don't forget, the heaviest rain comes out of the darkest clouds.

--Rumi

silhouette of person jumping in mid air

If you could leave your selfishness, you would see how you've been torturing your soul.

--Rumi

gray and brown hummingbird perching on yellow petaled flower

Every love outside of HIS love, is pain.

--Rumi

pot on window with flowers

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

--Rumi

Light blue to dark blue gradient

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.

--Rumi

forest trees photograph

Don't get lost in your pain, know that one day your pain will become your cure.

--Rumi

silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky

This is Now. Now is,
all there is. Don't wait for Then;
strike the spark, light the fire.

--Rumi

toddlers standing outdoors

Do not sit long with a sad friend. When you go to a garden do you look at the weeds? Spend more time with the roses and jasmines.

--Rumi

black sailing boat digital wallpaper

Prayer clears the mist
and brings back peace to the Soul.

--Rumi

silhouette photo of couple standing on beach watching sunset

We bury our seeds and wait,
Winter blocks the road,
Flowers are taken prisoner underground,
But then green justice tenders a spear.

--Rumi

brown rugby ball

If your thought is a rose, you are a rose garden; and if it is a thistle, you are fuel for the fire.

--Rumi

green and blue chevron textile

Fasting is an amazing thing. It gives people heart and soul.

--Rumi

woman in white and black stripe long sleeve shirt standing beside brown concrete building during daytime

Come inside the heart's house. There is peace and solace there.

--Rumi

close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset

You already have the precious mixture that will make you well. Use it.

--Rumi

empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

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

--Rumi

white ceramic pencil organizer on top of stack of books

If only you knew what bliss I find in being nothing.

--Rumi

photography of burning camp fire

All roses fall prey to December.
All intellect falls prey to love's glory.
Since the rose is not eternal
Why be captured by its scent?
Let me know your secrets--
Only the ones that last forever.

--Rumi

green and black hummingbird

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.

--Rumi

white petaled flower bloom during daytime

I found the Divine within my Heart.

--Rumi

person holding brown sand close-up photography

There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled.

--Rumi

Longer Version:

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?


men running toward beach

You are a volume in the divine book A mirror to the power that created the universe Whatever you want, ask it of yourself Whatever you're looking for can only be found Inside of you.

--Rumi

woman in white shirt sitting on brown rock near lake during daytime

Soul, a moving river. Body, the riverbed.

--Rumi

closeup photo of orange petaled flowers

Swim out of your little pond.

--Rumi

red and white petaled flower close-up photography

Nearness to God is common to us all,
Because we're all created and sustained by God,
But only the authentically noble
Possess and live that nearness
That's a constant upswelling passion of love.

--Rumi

man playing soccer during daytime

Your eyelashes will write on my heart the poem that could never come from the pen of a poet.

--Rumi

purple flower in macro lens

If you want something, release the wish, and let it light on its desire, completely free of the personal.

--Rumi

yellow sunflower under blue sky during daytime

For sixty years I have been forgetful every minute, but not for a second has this flowing toward me stopped or slowed.

--Rumi

lights pattern swirls

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

--Rumi

brown, black, and white butterfly on purple petaled flower photo

Your body is away from me,
but there is a window open
from my heart to yours.

--Rumi

iceberg near mountain during day

Till man destroys "self" he is no true friend of God.

--Rumi

brown and black jazz guitar with dim light

Go find yourself first
So you can also find me.

--Rumi

grayscale photography of elephant

Why set your heart on a piece ofearth,seek out the source which shines forever.

--Rumi

silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky

Knowest thou not the beauty of thine own face? Quit this temper that leads thee to war with thyself.

--Rumi

white tulips in white background

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

--Rumi

silhouette photo of mountain during night time

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.

--Rumi

blue wallpaper

Speak any language, Turkish, Greek, Persian, Arabic, but always speak with love.

--Rumi

brown french bulldog wearing red and white santa hat sitting on yellow pasta

Kindle in thy heart the flame of love.

--Rumi

cat with flower

In every religion there is love, yet love has no religion.

--Rumi

black and white duck on brown wooden dock during daytime

Be silent. That heart speaks without tongue or lips.

--Rumi

pink tulips on gray wooden surface

I should sell my tongue and buy a thousand ears when that One steps near and begins to speak.

--Rumi

white desk lamp beside green plant

Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn't matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again, come, come.

--Rumi

silhouette photography of mountains

There is a voice that doesn't use words. Listen.

--Rumi

purple flower on purple textile

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.

--Rumi

white Starbuck plastic cup on brown fabric armchair

When you are everywhere, you are nowhere. When you are somewhere, you are everywhere.

--Rumi

black bird flying on white background

Lovers find secret places inside this violent world where they make transactions with beauty.

--Rumi

brown and red paint brushes

The light which shines in the eye is really the light of the heart.

--Rumi

Longer Version:

The light which shines in the eye is really the light of the heart.. The light which fills the heart is the light of God, which is pure and separate from the light of intellect and sense.


red rose

How far is the light of the moon from the moon? How far is the taste of candy from the lip?

--Rumi

sunset

Ecstatic Love is an ocean, and the Milky Way is a flake of foam floating on it.

--Rumi

white stars cutout on black surface with red string

A circle of lovely, quiet people becomes the ring on my finger.

--Rumi

aerial view of green lake surrounded by green trees during daytime

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.

--Rumi

pink tree

Love is a river. Drink from it.

--Rumi

man smiling while facing other person

Bathe in the splendor of your own Light.

--Rumi

rock formation under starry skies

Give up to grace. The ocean takes care of each wave 'til it gets to shore. You need more help than you know.

--Rumi

purple flower field during daytime

There is a force within that gives you life. Seek that.

--Rumi

yellow flower in green grass field

Actually, your soul and mine are the same. We appear and disappear with each other.

--Rumi

black and white photography of alarm clock displaying 1:37 time

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

--Rumi

white paint palette with black paint beside ink bottle and paint brush

Trade your cleverness for bewilderment.

--Rumi

brown houses in front of hill under starry night

The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you.

--Rumi

Longer Version:

The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was.


black pug puppy on green textile

Sell your presence and purchase bewilderment.

--Rumi

white and purple flower in macro shot

Love is fearless in the midst
of the sea of fear.

--Rumi

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

How often are treasures unearthed beneath the comfort of your house? Treasures are rather always found lying among old ruins.

--Rumi

yellow sunflower in close up photography

Know that a word suddenly shot from the tongue is like an arrow shot from the bow. Son, that arrow won't turn back on its way; you must damn the torrent at its source.

--Rumi

grayscale photography of raindrops

God has allowed some magical reversal to occur, so that you see the scorpion pit as an object of desire, and all the beautiful expanse around it as dangerous and swarming with snakes.

--Rumi

purple and white light illustration

There cannot be self-restraint in the absence of desire: when there is no adversary, what avails thy courage? Hark, do not castrate thyself, do not become a monk: chastity depends on the existence of lust.

--Rumi

shillouette photo of person standing at the peak

Soul receives from soul that knowledge, therefore not by book nor from tongue. If knowledge of mysteries come after emptiness of mind, that is illumination of heart.

--Rumi

women's black and pink monokini

From the Distance You only See My Light; Come closer and You will Know that I Am You.

--Rumi

brown leaf tree facing the lake

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

--Rumi

white stars in the sky during night time

Purify yourself from the attributes of self, so that you may see your own pure, untarnished essence.

--Rumi

stars across the sky view at the desert

In the sea of love, I melt like salt Faith, Doubt -- they both dissolve. A star is opening in my heart . The worlds turn in it.

--Rumi

shallow focus photo of white rose

Don't see yourself as a body of clay; See yourself as a mirror reflecting the divine beauty.

--Rumi

a woman sits on the end of a dock during daytime staring across a lake

If it is bread that you seek, you will have bread.
If it is the soul you seek, you will find the soul.
If you understand this secret, you know you are that which you seek.

--Rumi

person looking at the milkyway

If you want the moon, do not hide at night. If you want a rose, do not run from the thorns. If you want love, do not hide from yourself.

--Rumi

green leaf tree on shore

Dive today from the cliff of what you know into what you can't know.

--Rumi

purple and white light illustration

As for us, He has appointed the job of permanent unemployment. If he wanted us to work, after all, He would not have created this wine. With a skinfull of this, Sir, would you rush out to commit economics?

--Rumi

Arizona landscape

Trade your cleverness for bewilderment.

--Rumi

brown and white dog in close-up photography

The quieter we become, the more we can hear.

--Rumi

silhouette photo of six persons on top of mountain

With each passing moment, a Soul sets off to find Itself.

--Rumi

white brick wall

When setting out on a journey do not seek advice from someone who never left home.

--Rumi

white tulip flower in close up photography

If you become a helper of hearts, springs of wisdom will flow from your heart.

--Rumi

black textile in close up photography

You are more valuable than both heaven and earth.
What else can I say?
You don't know your own worth.

--Rumi

woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

Outer eyes are the inner eyes' reflection,
For outer eyes are under their direction..

--Rumi

sunset

Be relentless in your looking, because you are the one you seek.

--Rumi

houses and trees during nighttime

Your worst enemy is hiding within yourself, and that enemy is your nafs or false ego.

--Rumi

silhouette of people riding bicycle

No better love than love with no objective, no more satisfying work than work with no purpose. If you could give up tricks and cleverness, that would be the cleverest trick!

--Rumi

person walking on snowfield

I can sense your presence in my Heart although you belong to all the world.

--Rumi

white concrete building

Do not leave me, hide in my heart like a secret, wind around my head like a turban. "I come and go as I please," you say, "swift as a heartbeat." You can tease me as much as you like but never leave me.

--Rumi

four coffee cups on floor

Love is a tree; and lovers are its shade.

--Rumi

yellow sunflower in close up photography

Not the ones speaking the same language, but the ones sharing the same feeling understand each other.

--Rumi

purple petaled flower

Keep digging your well. Water is there somewhere.

--Rumi

people walking on hallway

Open the window of your heart and let the Spirit speak.

--Rumi

photo og calm body of water

Suffering is a gift. In it is hidden mercy.

--Rumi

white tulips in white background

Be silent, only the hand of God can remove the burdens of your heart.

--Rumi

white brick wall planning

I died from a mineral and plant became, Died from the plant, took a sentient frame; Died from the beast, donned a human dress -- When by my dying did I ever grow less.

--Rumi

four men sitting beside table

A Breath of love can take you all the way to infinity.

--Rumi

mountain with tree during daytime

Be crumbled.
So wild flowers will come up where you are.
You have been stony for too many years.
Try something different.
Surrender.

--Rumi

leafless tree on snow covered ground

The interpretation that makes you ardent and hopeful and active and reverent is the true one.

--Rumi

selective-focus photograph of gray bird on tree branch

Contain all human faces in your own without any judgment of them.

--Rumi

man in Burton shirt facing ocean

When the remedy you have offered only increases the disease, then leave him who will not be cured, and tell your story to someone who seeks the truth.

--Rumi

photo of gray moon

Know that the mirror of the heart is boundless... Here, opinions become silent, otherwise they will lead you into errors... for the heart is sacred -- even more the heart is sacredness itself.

--Rumi

green leaf in close up photography

In your beauty, how to make poems.

--Rumi

woman leaning against a wall in dim hallway

There is another language beyond language, another place beyond heaven and hell.
Precious gems come from another mine, the heart draws light from another source.

--Rumi

red rose in close up photography

In the middle of my heart, a star appeared, and the seven heavens were lost in its brilliance.

--Rumi

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

Silence is the root of everything. If you spiral into its void a hundred voices will thunder messages you long to hear.

--Rumi

yellow sunflower in close up photography

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.

--Rumi

purple moth orchids in bloom close up photo

No longer a stranger, you listen all day to these crazy love-words. Like a bee you fill hundreds of homes with honey, though yours is a long flight from here.

--Rumi

purple and white clouds during night time

Show me anger and I will show you 'Hurt.' Show me hurt and I will show you 'Love.' Peel the layers if you care!

--Rumi

green and white abstract painting

Love is such a vast sea, it has neither edges nor ends nor corners.

--Rumi

black bird flying under white clouds during daytime

You have escaped the cage. Your wings are stretched out. Now fly.

--Rumi

yellow sunflower in close up photography

Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed.

--Rumi

white tulips in white background

World power means nothing. Only the unsayable, jeweled inner life matters.

--Rumi

shallow focus photography of hand with red paint

No more words. In the name of this place we drink with our breathing, stay quiet like a flower. So the nightbirds will start singing.

--Rumi

castle surrounded fog

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

--Rumi

white and yellow flower in close up photography

A little while alone in your room
will prove more valuable than anything else
that could ever be given you.

--Rumi

red rose flower

Carry the burden smilingly and cheerfully, because patience is the key to victory.

--Rumi

wallpaper

Love means to reach for the sky
and with every breath to tear a
hundred veils. Love means to step
away from the ego, to open the eyes
of inner vision and not to take this
world so seriously.

--Rumi

green palm plant during daytime

Practice patience; it is the essence of praise. Have patience, for that is true worship. No other worship is worth as much. Have patience; patience is the key to all relief.

--Rumi

selective focus photography of woman taking selfie

Mount the stallion of love and do not fear the path, love's stallion knows the way exactly. With one leap, Love's horse will carry you home.

--Rumi

orange moon during nighttime

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

--Rumi

milky way wallpaper

The ground submits to the sky and suffers whatever comes. Tell me, is the Earth worse for giving in like that?

--Rumi

sunset grasslands

A pure heart, open to the Light, will be filled with the elixir of Truth.

--Rumi

scenery of aurora

Because I cannot sleep I make music in the night.

--Rumi

red and black logo

I can heal a broken heart with a smile.

--Rumi

silhouette photo of mountain during night time

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.

--Rumi

gray concrete road between trees

No prayer is complete without presence.

--Rumi

close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset

Love calls -- everywhere and always. We're sky bound. Are you coming?

--Rumi

sunset

On this path let the heart be your guide.

--Rumi

brown grass field near gray rocky mountain during daytime

I am bewildered by the magnificence of your beauty; and wish to see you with a hundred eyes ... I am in the house of mercy, and my heart is a place of prayer.

--Rumi

round black vinyl disc on vinyl player

I've brought you a mirror. Look at yourself and remember me.

--Rumi

pink and white tulips on white surface

If you are wholly perplexed and in straits, have patience, for patience is the key to joy.

--Rumi

grayscale photography of person on beach

Beauty and Love are as body and soul.
Beauty is the mine, love is the diamond.
They have together since the beginning of time-
Side by side, step by step.

--Rumi

empty gray floor beside pool

With passion pray. With passion make love. With passion eat and drink and dance and play. Why look like a dead fish in this ocean of God?

--Rumi

man standing outdoors

My boat strikes something deep. At first sounds of silence, waves. Nothing has happened; Or perhaps everything has happened. and I am sitting in my new life.

--Rumi

photo of clear sky full of stars

There is a light seed grain inside. You fill it with yourself, or it dies.

--Rumi

white stone woman sculpture

Look at me as many times as you wish,
but you won't get to know me!
Since you have last seen me,
I've changed a hundred times!

--Rumi

brown leaf on asphalt road

Don't seek the water; get thirst.

--Rumi

calm body of water near alp mountains during nighttime

Everything you possess of skill, and wealth, and handicraft, wasn't it first merely a thought and a quest?

--Rumi

aerial photography of pine trees with mist

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.

--Rumi

white and blue sky during daytime

Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love. In the depths there is a spring with all the water your heart is thirsty for.

--Rumi

seashore during daytime

There is a Soul within the Soul. Seek it out. There is a Treasure in your mountain. Seek it Out. A mystic in motion, if that's what you are, don't seek out there; seek inside.

--Rumi

dew drops on glass panel

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

--Rumi

girl leaning on wall during daytime

Although you see the pit, you cannot avoid it.

--Rumi

pink tulips on gray wooden surface

Stop the words now. Open the window in the center of your chest, and let the spirits fly in and out.

--Rumi

black and gray floral textile

I am an ark in the swift flood of time, and my companions, a fellowship. Who throws in with us sails into light.

--Rumi

snowy mountain

You are the fountain of the sun. I'm the shadow of a willow. You fall upon my forehead. I melt. You slip into my heart. It spills open. You surround me with such sweetness. I make it my home.

--Rumi

silhouette of woman hugging mna under starry night sky

Sadness to me is the happiest time, When a shining city rises from the ruins of my drunken mind. Those times when I'm silent and still as the earth, The thunder of my roar is heard across the universe.

--Rumi

pink

To Love is to be God.
Never will a Lover's chest
feel any sorrow.
Never will a Lover's robe
be touched by mortals.
Never will a Lover's body
be found buried in the earth.
To Love is to be God.

--Rumi

green trees

The illuminated life can happen now, in the moments left. Die to your ego, and become a True Human Being.

--Rumi

empty gray carpet

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.

--Rumi

brown sand under blue sky during daytime

Fling me across the fabric of time and the seas of space. Make me nothing and from nothing-everything.

--Rumi

cat with flower

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

--Rumi

brown houses in front of hill under starry night

A seeker of Truth looks beyond the apparent and contemplates the hidden.

--Rumi

fine trees waving

If you yearn for holy felicity,
shed your arrogance and Become A Seeker Of Hearts.

--Rumi

purple and white clouds during night time

There is someone who looks after us
from behind the curtain.
In truth we are not here, this is our shadow.

--Rumi

low angle photography of green and brown tree

The Glance of Love is Crystal Clear.

--Rumi

three pink tulip flowers

Open to me, so that I may open.
Provide me your inspiration
So that I might see mine.

--Rumi

clear liquid on leaf

Fasting is the first principle of medicine.

--Rumi

Longer Version:

Fasting is the first principle of medicine; fast and see the strength of the spirit reveal itself.


man on running field

Love is cure,
Love is power,
Love is the magic of changes.
Love is the mirror, of divine beauty!

--Rumi

black dog photography

You are the mirror of divine beauty.

--Rumi

green trees on body of water during daytime

We are as the flute, and the music in us is from thee; we are as the mountain and the echo in us is from thee.

--Rumi

trees under blue sky and stars during nighttime photo

True beauty is a ray That springs from the sacred depths of the soul, and illuminates the body, just as life springs from the kernel of a stone and gives colour and scent to a flower.

--Rumi

mountain with tree during daytime

Just as the heart becomes carefree in a place of green, growing plants, goodwill and kindness are born when our souls enter happiness.

--Rumi

gray concrete road between trees

All is known in the sacredness of silence.

--Rumi

red rose

You knock at the door of Reality. You shake your thought wings, loosen your shoulders, and open.

--Rumi

silhouette of mountain during sunset

If Light Is In Your Heart
You Will Find Your Way Home.

--Rumi

white-and-pink flowers

When something goes wrong, accuse yourself first. Even the wisdom of Plato or Solomon can wobble and go blind.

--Rumi

purple, white, and pink floral painting

You are not one you are a Thousand. Just Light your Lantern.

--Rumi

purple and black skies

The Ego is a veil between humans and God.
In prayer all are equal.

--Rumi

three person looking stars and milky way

There is nothing outside of yourself, look within. Everything you want is there. You are That.

--Rumi

white and blue ice in water

Disharmony prevails when you confuse
Lust with LOVE, while the distance
between the two is endless!

--Rumi

black and white photo of woman looking upward

What you are seeking is also seeking you.

--Rumi

landscape photography of mountain

The hurt you embrace becomes joy.

--Rumi

sunset dirt road

The gates made of light swing open. You see in.

--Rumi

brown and black train track in between trees phtoography

Dance when you're perfectly free.

--Rumi

mountains covered with fog

My soul is my guide, for my soul is of that abode. I will not speak of the earthly. I am of the unknown.

--Rumi

sunset

You have mourned over others; now sit down for a while and weep over your own self.

--Rumi

lights

We are tasting the taste of eternity this minute.

--Rumi

tan wallpaper

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.

--Rumi

brown wallpaper

The beginning of pride and hatred lies in worldly desire, and the strength of your desire if from habit. When an evil tendency becomes confirmed by habit, rage is triggered when anyone restrains you.

--Rumi

man and woman kissing under blue sky during daytime

You erased my famine, unpicked my anger
Your energy charges my voice, it radiates my heart;
Now I am alive with the ore of words pouring
From my lips like molten lava glittering with joy.

--Rumi

white and black satellite dish on brown field during night time

Every rose that is sweet-scented within, That rose is telling of the secrets of the Universal.

--Rumi

backdrop solid

When you eventually see through the veils to how things really are, you will keep saying again and again, this is certainly not like we thought it was.

--Rumi

photo of pine tree

Finding faults is for those with tired minds.

--Rumi

None

Students of cunning have consumed their hearts and learned only tricks; they've thrown away real riches: patience, self-sacrifice, generosity. Rich thought opens the way.

--Rumi

red flower in shallow focus lens

My dear heart, never think you are better than others. Listen to their sorrows with compassion. If you want peace, don't harbor bad thoughts, do not gossip and don't teach what you do not know.

--Rumi

boy and cat in front of moon

I used to read the myths of love Now I have become the mythical lover.

--Rumi

white wooden door

I cannot sleep in your presence In your absence, tears prevent me you watch me my beloved on each sleepiness night and Only you see the difference.

--Rumi

adult Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog

Open your eyes, for this world is only a dream.

--Rumi

yellow and white color illustration

The intellectual quest, though fine as pearl or coral, is not the spiritual search. That spiritual search is on another level. Spiritual wine is a different substance.

--Rumi

Longer Version:

The intellectual quest is exquisite like pearls and coral, But it is not the same as the spiritual quest. The spiritual quest is on another level altogether, Spiritual wine has a subtler taste. The intellect and the senses investigate cause and effect. The spiritual seeker surrenders to the wonder.


selective focus photography of woman taking selfie

Angels dance only with You, Beloved and only before You do I bow in adoration. You may accept me or not but I will be at your feet forever.

--Rumi

aerial view of blue ocean water during daytime

I am part of the load not rightly balanced.

--Rumi

adult black and white dog leaning on wooden fence

Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.

--Rumi

green leaf tree near mountain covered by snow at daytime

Reality is blocked by form and image.

--Rumi

water color palette on white surface

There is nothing I want but your Presence. In friendship, time dissolves.

--Rumi

toddler hugging siberian husky

Speak with the language of love.

--Rumi

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