If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?
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.
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
Find the sweetness in your own heart, then you may find the sweetness in every heart.
Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.
Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.
Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.
Rumi Short quotes ⇑
And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?
Rumi Love quotes ⇑
Listen with ears of tolerance! See through the eyes of compassion! Speak with the language of love
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.
I was dead, then alive. Weeping, then laughing. The power of love came into me, and I became fierce like a lion, then tender like the evening star.
All Rumi quotes ⇑
Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.
Don't grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.
Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone's soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.
Moonlight floods the whole sky from horizon to horizon; How much it can fill your room depends on its windows.
Anyone who knows me, should learn to know me again; For I am like the Moon, you will see me with new face everyday.
When I am with you, we stay up all night. When you're not here, I can't go to sleep. Praise God for those two insomnias! And the difference between them.
In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right-doing there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.
That which God said to the rose, and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty, He said to my heart, and made it a hundred times more beautiful.
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
Lovers find secret places inside this violent world where they make transactions with beauty.
There is a secret medicine given only to those who hurt so hard they can't hope. The hopers would feel slighted if they knew.
I will soothe you and heal you, I will bring you roses. I too have been covered with thorns.
Do not look back, No one knows how the world ever began. Do not fear the future, Nothing lasts forever. If you dwell on the past or future, You will miss the moment.
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?
Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.
Inside you there's an artist you don't know about... say yes quickly, if you know, if you've known it from before the beginning of the universe.