Rumi Love Quotes and Sayings
#1 Do You Love Me?
1. If I love myself I love you. If I love you I love myself.
2. The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.
#3-4 The Essential Rumi
3. When I am with you, we stay up all night. When you’re not here, I can’t go to sleep. Praise God for these two insomnias! And the difference between them.
4. Let the lover be disgraceful, crazy, absent-minded. Someone sober will worry about events going badly. Let the lover be.
#5 Path for Greatness : Spiritualty at Work (2000) by Linda J. Ferguson, p. 51
5. Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
#6 Diwan-e Shams-e Tabriz-i
6. This is Love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First, to let go of life. In the end, to take a step without feet.
7. Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you truly love.
8. Reason is powerless in the expression of Love.
#9 Looking for love, Farsi scholar Fereydoun Kia
9. 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?
10. They say there is a doorway from heart to heart, but what is the use of a door when there are no walls?
11. Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love.
12. There are lovers content with longing. I’m not one of them.
#13 Rumi: Fountain of Fire, Nader Khalili
13. Look at love how it tangles with the one fallen in love.
14. Love is the bridge between you and everything.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Balkhī (Persian: جلالالدین محمد بلخى), also known as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī (جلالالدین محمد رومی) and popularly known as Mevlānā in Turkey and Mawlānā (Persian: مولانا) in Iran and Afghanistan but known to the English-speaking world simply as Rumi (30 September 1207 – 17 December 1273) was a 13th-century Persian Muslim poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic. Rūmī is a descriptive name meaning “Roman” since he lived most of his life in an area called “Rûm” (then under the control of Seljuq dynasty) because it was once ruled by the Eastern Roman Empire. He was one of the figures who flourished in the Sultanate of Rum.
Sayings by Rumi
#1-3 Rumi Daylight: A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance (1990) translations by Camille Adams Helminsk and Kabir Helminski
1. If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?
2. Many of the faults you see in others, dear reader, are your own nature reflected in them.
3. If you are wholly perplexed and in straits, have patience, for patience is the key to joy.
4. The lion who breaks the enemy’s ranks is a minor hero compared to the lion who overcomes himself.
#5 Marry Your Muse: Making a Lasting Commitment to Your Creativity, 1997, Jan Phillips, p. 75
5. Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.
#6 In Baghdad, Dreaming of Cairo: In Cairo, Dreaming of Baghdad
6. 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.
7. Only from the heart Can you touch the sky.
8. Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.
9. When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.
10. The wound is the place where the Light enters you.
11. What you seek is seeking you.
12. 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?
#13-14 The Essential Rumi, 1995
13. Observe the wonders as they occur around you. Don’t claim them. Feel the artistry moving through and be silent.
14. Every tree and plant in the meadow seemed to be dancing, those which average eyes would see as fixed and still.
15. The lion is most handsome when looking for food.
16. Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.
#17 The Way of Passion: A Celebration of Rumi, Andrew Harvey
17. I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.
#18 The Guest House
18. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
19. 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.
20. Be empty of worrying. Think of who created thought! Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?
#21 The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi, 1983, William C. Chittick
21. 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.
22. Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.
23. We can’t help being thirsty, moving toward the voice of water.
#24 The Mystics of Islam, 1914, Reynold Alleyne Nicholson
24. I died as a mineral and became a plant, I died as plant and rose to animal, I died as animal and I was Man. Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?
25. But listen to me. For one moment quit being sad. Hear blessings dropping their blossoms around you.
26. I looked in temples, churches and mosques. But I found the Divine in my heart.
27. 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.
28. Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain which grows flowers, not thunder.
#29 Light Upon Light: Inspirations from Rumi
29. Do not stray into the neighborhood of despair. For there are hopes: they are real, they exist – Do not go in the direction of darkness – I tell you: suns exist.
#30 Jewels of Remembrance: A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance
30. Everything you possess of skill, and wealth and handicraft, wasn’t it first merely a thought and a quest?
#31-32 Rumi Daylight: A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance, 1990, Camille Adams Helminsk and Kabir Helminski
31. If you wish mercy, show mercy to the weak.
32. If you dig a pit for others to fall into, you will fall into it yourself.
33. You were born with potential. You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness. You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don’t. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly.
34. Find the sweetness in your own heart that you may find the sweetness in every Heart.
#35 Unfold Your Own Myth
35. But don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.
36. Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
#37-38 The Essential Rumi (1995) translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry and Reynold Nicholson
37. Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about language, ideas, even the phrase each other doesn’t make any sense.
38. Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.
39. Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.