135 Rumi Quotes On Love, Beauty, Friendship

By Maxime Lagacé maxime lagace

Maxime is the founder and chief editor of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm, peaceful and powerful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

Here are 135 of the most inspiring Rumi quotes I could find. The goal? To make you think and expand your mind with these beautiful words. And don’t forget to buckle up: Rumi was a profound and moving author. Enjoy!

rumi quotes these pains you feel are messengers listen them wisdom

These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them. Rumi

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We carry inside us the wonders we seek outside us. Rumi

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Only from the heart can you touch the sky. Rumi

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Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love. Rumi

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


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Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction. Rumi

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

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Love is the bridge between you and everything. Rumi

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

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When will you begin that long journey into yourself? Rumi


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

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

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

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

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As you start to walk on the way, the way appears. Rumi


Quick facts
Real name: Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī
Nickname: Molānā
Rumi was a 13th-century Persian poet, faqih, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic
Find more information on Wikipedia

The Best Rumi Quotes

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rumi quotes let silence art you practice wisdom nature tree water

Let silence be the art you practice.

Silence gives answers.

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?

Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.

Whatever lifts the corners of your mouth, trust that.

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

rumi quotes why should unhappy every parcel being full bloom wisdom man nature

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

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

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

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


Let silence take you to the core of life.

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

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

I should be suspicious of what I want.

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Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots.

What matters is how quickly you do what your soul directs.

The whole universe is contained within a single human being – you.

The spirit is so near that you can’t see it! But reach for it… don’t be a jar, full of water, whose rim is always dry. Don’t be the rider who gallops all night and never sees the horse that is beneath him.

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Travel brings power and love back into your life.

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

There is a voice that doesn’t use words, listen.

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

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

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

Close your eyes, fall in love, stay there.

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The Most Famous Rumi Quotes

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rumi quotes what you seek seeking wisdom nature woman forest

What you seek is seeking you.

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.

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.

Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. Cleverness is mere opinion. Bewilderment brings intuitive knowledge.

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

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Your heart is the size of an ocean. Go find yourself in its hidden depths.

Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.

Caught by our own thoughts, we worry about everything.

Let your teacher be love itself.

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

Be drunk with love, for love is all that exists.

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

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Let the beauty we love be what we do.

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

The lion is most handsome when looking for food.

If all you can do is crawl, start crawling.

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

Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.

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

There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

Related: Why is Rumi the best-selling poet in the US? (bbc.com)

Short Rumi Quotes

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rumi quotes sit be still listen wisdom man water

Sit, be still, and listen.

If light is in your heart, you will find your way home.

Patience is the key to joy.

Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.

Be empty of worrying. Think of who created thought.

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Move, but don’t move the way fear makes you move.

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

Let yourself become living poetry.

Be soulful. Be kind. Be in love.

I know you’re tired but come, this is the way.

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Dance until you shatter yourself.

The wealth within you, your essence, is your kingdom.

Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place.

You were born with wings. Why prefer to crawl through life?

Half-heartedness doesn’t reach into majesty.

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Let’s rise above this animalistic behavior and be kind to one another.

Look at the moon in the sky, not the one in the lake.

What is planted in each person’s soul will sprout.

Grace comes to forgive and then forgive again.

To praise the sun is to praise your own eyes.

Respond to every call that excites your spirit.


Inspirational Rumi Quotes

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rumi quotes you not meant crawling dont have wings learn use them fly wisdom nature water

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

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

Anyone who genuinely and consistently with both hands looks for something, will find it.

In each moment the fire rages, it will burn away a hundred veils. And carry you a thousand steps toward your goal.

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

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The desire to know your own soul will end all other desires.

When I am silent, I fall into the place where everything is music.

There is a life-force within your soul, seek that life. There is a gem in the mountain of your body, seek that mine. O traveller, if you are in search of that, don’t look outside, look inside yourself and seek that.

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

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

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

Whether one moves slowly or with speed, the one who is a seeker will be a finder.

Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.

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

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

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

Whoever has heart’s doors wide open, could see the sun itself in every atom.

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

You are not one you are a thousand. Just light your lantern.

Work. Keep digging your well. Water is there somewhere.

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Your light is more magnificent than sunrise or sunset.

Funny Rumi Quotes

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rumi quotes love sometimes wants great favor hold upside down shake nonsense out wisdom

Love sometimes wants to do us a great favor: hold us upside down and shake all the nonsense out.

Either give me more wine or leave me alone.

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

I lost my hat while gazing at the moon, and then I lost my mind.

Gratitude is the wine for the soul. Go on. Get drunk.

Deep And Emotional Rumi Quotes

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rumi quotes this turning toward what you deeply love saves wisdom bench sitting water

This turning toward what you deeply love saves you.

I have neither a soul nor a body, for I come from the very Soul of all souls.

Concentrate on the Essence, concentrate on the light.

Death has nothing to do with going away. The sun sets. The moon sets. But they are not gone.

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

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Conventional opinion is the ruin of our souls.

Beyond the rightness or wrongness of things there is a field, I’ll meet you there.

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

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.

Inside any deep asking is the answering.

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

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

All that you think is rain is not. Behind the veil angels sometimes weep.

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

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

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Love risks everything and asks for nothing.

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

The soul is here for its own joy.

Open your hands if you want to be held.

Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself.

Seek the sound that never ceases. Seek the sun that never sets.

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The wound is the place where the light enters you.


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rumi quotes not feel lonely entire universe inside wisdom nature

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

Don’t wait any longer. Dive in the ocean, leave and let the sea be you. Rumi

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maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing thoughts, feelings and quotes.

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He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

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  1. Thank you Rumi <3
    Merci Maxime <3

    Through tears, through pain, cracking open again and again, deepening into Love…
    thank you thank you thank you
    Many many blessings <3 <3

  2. Hi kind soul, Maxime.
    I’m so grateful that I could find some inspirational quotes for my project here as well as to read your story how you came to that inspirational point and help in your life!
    My Inspirational Driftwood project (Here is a Facebook page if interested: https://www.facebook.com/Inspirational-Driftwood-Gifts-103765685214612) was also created through desperation, lack of motivation and hope, and I believe the more us like this, reminding and sharing this beautiful inspirational knowledge, the better!
    All the best to you, your family and to the people who you inspire!

    1. Thank you Angelo.
      Happy to connect with you and share a common interest: beautiful and inspiring words!
      All the best to your project.

  3. Hi Maxime,
    Thank you for sharing Rumi’s poems. I usually read his poems in Persian and English, however, your selections are full of inspirations and wisdom.
    You know, everything you need to know yourself, to know who you are and what are your responsibilities in the world, and what is meant by life and death is hidden in each word of Rumi’s poems. I think it’s a comprehensive guide in our life path. I wish everyone can benefit it.
    I’ve always searched for his short quotes in English and accidentally found them here.
    I bookmarked this page.
    Thanks a lot for your precious attempt.
    Wishing you the best dear friend.

    1. I can’t be happier right now Maliheh. 🙂
      Thank you for such a beautiful message.

    1. Hi Sara,
      we can learn so much from Rumi’s words.
      They are indeed powerful.

      Thank you,

  4. Thank you Maxime! I was looking for a quote on smiles on my way out to get my tire changed. I found one here and so much more. … words that reflect my silence, my voice, desires, wonder, appreciation and embrace ment of the beauty that surrounds me and that which is within. Rumi’s words slowed me down and I ended up on the couch breaking my stride and being present in the moment to feel tears trickling down my face while being transported to beautiful memories that remain just that. Memories. Alive in my heart and only shared with the world through my smile. Reflection is such delicious nourishment for the soul.
    Thanks for sharing these beautiful quotes. May your heart always smile.

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