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The Essential Rumi Quotes

22 of the best book quotes from The Essential Rumi
  1. #1
    “These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.”
  2. #2
    “Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”
  3. #3
    “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.”
  4. #4
    “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.”
  5. #5
    “Fish don’t hold the sacred liquid in cups!
    They swim the huge fluid freedom.”
  6. #6
    “Whoever’s calm and sensible is insane!”
  7. #7
    “My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there.”
  8. #8
    “The ocean takes care of each wave till it gets to shore.”
  1. #9
    “I will be waiting here....
    For your silence to break,
    For your soul to shake,
    For your love to wake!”
  2. #10
    “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”
  3. #11
    “Respond to every call
    that excites your spirit.”
  4. #12
    “Wash yourself of yourself.”
  5. #13
    “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.”
  6. #14
    “There is a basket of fresh bread on your head, yet you go door to door asking for crusts.”
  7. #15
    “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.”
  8. #16
    “When there are miles to go before we sleep, altered traits are more important than altered states.”
  1. #17
    “You need more help than you know.”
  2. #18
    “There is a secret medicine given only to those who hurt so hard they can’t hope.”
  3. #19
    “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.”
  4. #20
    “Without the frown of clouds and lightning, the vines would be burned by the smiling sun.”
  5. #21
    “Moonlight floods the whole sky from horizon to horizon;
    How much it can fill your room depends on its windows.”
  6. #22
    “Be empty of worrying.
    Think of who created thought!
    Why do you stay in prison
    When the door is so wide open?”
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