Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī Quotes

25 of the best book quotes from Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī
  1. #1
    “With what work at you occupied,
    and for what purpose are you purchased?”
  2. #2
    “My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there.”
  3. #3
    “Soul, if you want to learn secrets,

    your heart must forget about
 and dignity.
    You are God’s lover,

    yet you worry
    what people
    are saying.”
  4. #4
    “Whoever’s calm and sensible is insane!”
  5. #5
    “You need more help than you know.”
  6. #6
    “The ocean takes care of each wave till it gets to shore.”
  7. #7
    “I will be waiting here....
    For your silence to break,
    For your soul to shake,
    For your love to wake!”
  8. #8
    “God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites so that you will have two wings to fly, not one”
  1. #9
    “Respond to every call
    that excites your spirit.”
  2. #10
    “Wash yourself of yourself.”
  3. #11
    “When there are miles to go before we sleep, altered traits are more important than altered states.”
  4. #12
    “I am so small I can barely be seen.
    How can this great love be inside me?
    Look at your eyes. They are small,
    but they see enormous things.”
  5. #13
    “This poetry. I never know what I’m going to say.
    I don’t plan it.
    When I’m outside the saying of it,
    I get very quiet and rarely speak at all.”
  6. #14
    “Fish don’t hold the sacred liquid in cups!
    They swim the huge fluid freedom.”
  7. #15
    “You’re water. We’re the millstone.
    You’re wind. We’re dust blown up into shapes.
    You’re spirit. We’re the opening and closing
    of our hands. You’re the clarity.
    We’re the language that tries to say it.
    You’re joy. We’re all the different kinds of laughing.”
  8. #16
    “There is a basket of fresh bread on your head, yet you go door to door asking for crusts.”
  1. #17
    “Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”
  2. #18
    “These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.”
  3. #19
    Unchain yourself, my son, escape its hold!
    How long will you remain a slave of gold?
  4. #20
    “Moonlight floods the whole sky from horizon to horizon;
    How much it can fill your room depends on its windows.”
  5. #21
    “Dance, when you’re broken open.
    Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off.
    Dance in the middle of the fighting.
    Dance in your blood.
    Dance, when you’re perfectly free.”
  6. #22
    “You attain to knowledge by argument;
    You attain a craft or skill by practice;”
  7. #23
    “Be empty of worrying.
    Think of who created thought!
    Why do you stay in prison
    When the door is so wide open?”
  8. #24
    “Without the frown of clouds and lightning, the vines would be burned by the smiling sun.”
  1. #25
    “There is a secret medicine given only to those who hurt so hard they can’t hope.”
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