Rumi Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old rumi quotes, rumi sayings, and rumi proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Either give me more wine or leave me alone.     

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

Rumi

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

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Last night I learned how to be a lover of God. To live in this world and call nothing my own.      

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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.     

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Until the juice ferments a while in the cask, it isn't wine. If you wish your heart to be bright, you must do a little work.     

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We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust.      

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Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor.      

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

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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.      

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

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Rise up nimbly and go on your strange journey!     

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

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

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

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

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

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The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don't go back to sleep.     

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

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The morning wind spreads its fresh smell. We must get up and take that in, that wind that lets us live. Breathe before it's gone.     

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When I am silent, I have thunder hidden inside.     

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

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

Rumi

The images we create could turn into wild beasts and tear us to pieces.     

Rumi

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

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

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What a piece of bread looks like depends on whether you are hungry or not.     

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

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Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.     

Rumi

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

Rumi