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95 Rumi Quotes on Life, Love and Strength That Will Inspire You

Crack the code to seeing the bigger picture. Let these Rumi quotes be the light to shine the way!

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If you need some help seeing the bigger picture of love and life, these Rumi quotes and sayings will expand your mind in ways you never knew.

Continue on to read these Rumi love quotes and gain insight and inspiration from a great wordsmith that lived in the 13th century.

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Rumi quotes are well known for being wise, thought-provoking and powerful. Let these inspirational quotes and motivational quotes help you realize all the power and beauty you have inside you.

Rumi was a 13th-century Persian poet who’s had a massive influence on Muslim writing and culture. He has a huge following around the world and is actually one of the best selling poets in the USA. His works have been translated to many different languages,  including Spanish, Turkish, German, Russian, Urdu, Arabic, French and Italian.

Brad Gooch, who wrote a biography of Rumi, describes him as “a poet of joy and of love”.

Rumi’s work continues to resonate today. In his honor, below is our collection of inspirational, wise, and powerful Rumi quotes and Rumi sayings, collected from a variety of sources over the years.

Rumi quotes about the journey of life

1.) “Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you.” – Rumi

Rumi quotes about life

2.) “Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” – Rumi

Rumi quotes about love

Jalaluddin Rumi quotes on life, time, and the universe

3.) “Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.” – Rumi

Rumi quotes about change

4.) “Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.” – Rumi

Rumi quotes about time

5.) “Would you become a pilgrim on the road of love? The first condition is that you make yourself humble as dust and ashes.”  Rumi

motivational Rumi quotes from his poems

6.) “There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground; there are a thousand ways to go home again.” – Rumi

Rumi quotes about love

7.) “This place is a dream. Only a sleeper considers it real. Then death comes like dawn, and you wake up laughing at what you thought was your grief.”  Rumi

best Rumi quotes about dreams

Rumi quotes from his poems about our place in the universe

8.) “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop.” – Rumi

Rumi quotes about the universe

9.) “‎Dancing is not just getting up painlessly, like a leaf blown on the wind; dancing is when you tear your heart out and rise out of your body to hang suspended between the worlds.”  Rumi

best Rumi quotes about the world

10.) “Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” – Rumi

inspirational Rumi quotes about life

11.) “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.”  Rumi

Rumi quotes about forgiveness and love

12.) “Why do you stay in prison, when the door is so wide open?” – Rumi

Rumi quotes about travel and fun

13.) “The Prophets accept all agony and trust it. For the water has never feared the fire.” – Rumi

Rumi quotes about trust and fear

Rumi quotes on love and connection

14.) “Your depression is connected to your insolence and refusal to praise.” – Rumi

Rumi quotes about depression and praise

15.) “If the foot of the trees were not tied to earth, they would be pursuing me. For I have blossomed so much, I am the envy of the gardens.” – Rumi

Rumi quotes

16.) “Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes around in another form.” – Rumi

Rumi quotes and life and love

17.) “I am so close, I may look distant.
So completely mixed with you, I may look separate.
So out in the open, I appear hidden.
So silent, because I am constantly talking with you.”  Rumi

Rumi quotes about life and love

18.) “Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.” – Rumi

Rumi quotes from his poetry about life and love

Rumi quotes on life and self love

19.) “Don’t wait any longer.
Dive in the ocean,
Leave and let the sea be you.”  Rumi

Rumi Quotes about inner peace and self love

20.) “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.” – Rumi

Rumi Quotes on love and relationships

21.) “Love so needs to love
that it will endure almost anything, even abuse,
just to flicker for a moment. But the sky’s mouth is kind,
its song will never hurt you, for I
sing those words.” – Rumi

Rumi Quotes about love and abuse

Rumi quotes on trust

22.) “May these vows and this marriage be blessed.” – Rumi

Rumi Quotes about love

23.) “There’s a field somewhere
beyond all doubt and wrong doing.
I’ll meet you there.” Rumi

Rumi Quotes about friends

24.) “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.

What you seek is seeking you.” – Rumi

Rumi Quotes about beauty

25.) “Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.” – Rumi

Rumi Quotes about time

26.) “Be certain that in the religion of Love there are no believers and unbelievers. LOVE embraces all.” ― Rumi

Rumi Quotes spring

Rumi quotes on dreams and life

27.) “Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.” – Rumi

Rumi Quotes about strength

28.) “make your last journey
from this strange world
soar for the heights
where there is no more
separation of you and your home

God has created
your wings not to be dormant
as long as you are alive
you must try more and more
to use your wings to show you’re alive”
― Rumi

Rumi Quotes about nature

29.) “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.” – Rumi

Rumi Quotes about change

Inspirational quotes by Rumi to help you see the bright side of life

30.) “Silence is the language of god, all else is poor translation.” – Rumi

Rumi Quotes on love

31.) “Peaceful is the one who’s not concerned with having more or less.
Unbound by name and fame, he is free from sorrow from the world and mostly from himself.” Rumi

Rumi Quotes on peace

32.) “Seek the wisdom that will untie your knot. Seek the path that demands your whole being.” – Rumi

best Rumi Quotes about life

Quotes by Rumi about life and love

33.) “Travel brings power and love back into your life.” – Rumi

Rumi Quotes on happiness

34.) “I am filled with you. Skin, blood, bone, brain, and soul. There’s no room for lack of trust, or trust. Nothing in this existence but that existence.”  Rumi

Rumi Quotes on nature

35.) “A pen went scribbling along. When it tried to write love, it broke.” ― Rumi

Rumi Quotes on life

36.) “Be empty of worrying. Think of who created thought! – Rumi

Rumi Quotes on friendship

37.) “What? Are you still pretending you are separate from the Beloved?”  Rumi

Rumi Quotes about love

38.) “It is certain that an atom of goodness on the path of faith is never lost.”  Rumi

Rumi Quotes on change

Jalaluddin Rumi quotes about love from his books and poems

39.) “Either give me more wine or leave me alone.” – Rumi

Rumi Quotes on marriage

40.) “Someone who does not run toward the allure of love walks a road where nothing lives. But this dove here senses the love hawk floating above, and waits, and will not be driven or scared to safety.”  Rumi

Rumi Quotes on spring

41.) “Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.” – Rumi

Rumi Quotes about life

42.) “If you are seeking, seek us with joy
For we live in the kingdom of joy.
Do not give your heart to anything else
But to the love of those who are clear joy,
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.” – Rumi

Rumi Quotes about life

Jalaluddin Rumi quotes from his poems and books about life

43.) “Open your hands if you want to be held.” – Rumi

Rumi Quotes about love

44.) “Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn’t matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again, come, come.” – Rumi

Rumi Quotes about friends

45.) “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Rumi

best Rumi Quotes about beauty

46.) “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” – Rumi

famous Rumi Quotes from his poems

47.) “Let silence take you to the core of life.” – Rumi

48.) “The whole universe is contained within a single human being – you.” – Rumi

49.) “Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.” ― Rumi

50.) “Love is the bridge between you and everything.” – Rumi

Rumi quotes that will expand your mind

51.) “Grace comes to forgive and then forgive again.” – Rumi

52.) “Travel brings power and love back into your life.” ― Rumi

53.) “Gratitude is the wine for the soul. Go on. Get drunk.” – Rumi

54.) “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.” ― Rumi

55.) “When you seek love with all your heart you shall find its echo in the universe.” – Rumi

56.) “If you are looking for a friend who is faultless, you will be friendless.” – Rumi

57.) “Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love.” ― Rumi

58.) “Your heart is the size of an ocean. Go find yourself in its hidden depths.” ― Rumi

59.) “Don’t you know yet? It is your light that lights the worlds.” ― Rumi

60.) “We are born of love; Love is our mother.” ― Rumi

Rumi quotes to inspire and teach

61.) “Respond to every call that excites your spirit.” ― Rumi

62.) “This is a subtle truth. Whatever you love you are.” – Rumi

63.) “The very center of your heart is where life begins – the most beautiful place on earth.” – Rumi

64.) “When the world pushes you to your knees, you’re in the perfect position to pray.” – Rumi

65.) “Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” ― Rumi

66.) “These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.” ― Rumi

67.) “Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor.” – Rumi

68.) “Only from the heart can you touch the sky.” ― Rumi

69.) “The moon stays bright when it doesn’t avoid the night.” ― Rumi

70.) “Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.” ― Rumi

Rumi quotes that will make your day

71.) “When you lose all sense of self, the bonds of a thousand chains will vanish.” ― Rumi

72.) “Whenever they rebuild an old building, they must first of all destroy the old one.” ― Rumi

73.) “Your radiance shines in every atom of creation yet our petty desires keep it hidden.” ― Rumi

74.) “Everything about yesterday has gone with yesterday. Today, it is needed to say new things.” ― Rumi

75.) “If you want to win hearts, sow the seeds of Love. If you want heaven, stop scattering thorns on the road.” ― Rumi

76.) “When I am with you, we stay up all night. When you’re not here, I can’t go to sleep.” ― Rumi

77.) “Whatever happens, just keep smiling and lose yourself in love.” ― Rumi

78.) “Why ever talk of miracles when you are destined to become infinite love.” ― Rumi

79.) “Why should I be weary when every cell of my body is bursting with life?” ― Rumi

80.) “Come out of the circle of time and into the circle of love.” ― Rumi

Other inspirational Rumi quotes

81.) “The rose’s rarest essence lives in the thorns.”― Rumi

82.) “Shine like the whole universe is yours.”― Rumi

83.) “The lion is most handsome when looking for food.”― Rumi

84.) “Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots.”― Rumi

85.) “Not only the thirsty seek the water, the water as well seeks the thirsty.”― Rumi

86.) “Pain is a treasure, for it contains mercies.”― Rumi

87.) “What matters is how quickly you do what your soul directs.”― Rumi

88.) “The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart.”― Rumi

89.) “Your heart is the size of an ocean . Go find yourself in its hidden depths.”― Rumi

90.) “The ground’s generosity takes in our compost and grows beauty! Try to be more like the ground.”― Rumi

91.) “Listen with ears of tolerance! See through the eyes of compassion! Speak with the language of love.” – Rumi

92.) “Look past your thoughts, so you may drink the pure nectar of This Moment.”― Rumi

93.) “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.”― Rumi

94.) “Whatever purifies you is the right path, I will not try to define it.”― Rumi

95.) “Everything you possess of skill, and wealth, and handicraft,
wasn’t it first merely a thought and a quest?”- Rumi

Did you enjoy these Rumi quotes?

Rumi’s teachings transcend time. His timeless views about life and love continue to inspire people from all over the world.

Hopefully, the above quotes by Rumi will help you achieve inner peace and contentment.

Did you enjoy these quotes and sayings? Which Rumi quotes about life and love is your favorite? Tell us in the comments section!

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    Munawar Yusuf

    September 6, 2019 at 11:09 am

    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.”
    …..Awesome to the core

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    Jack Ropp

    August 28, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Jack in Kansas 8-28-19. 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. Language, ideas, even the phrase “each other “ doesn’t make any sense.”

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    August 25, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    “The moon stays bright when it doesn’t avoid the night.” ― Rumi

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    Rachel Corcoran

    August 4, 2019 at 11:50 pm

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

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    August 3, 2019 at 9:45 am

    “silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation”

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    Marion L. Mills

    July 28, 2019 at 10:54 pm

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

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    June 21, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    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.

    Its really powerful.. something we wish to be but often don’t get courage to be.. may i be like that on my way seeking god.. seeking me.

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    June 19, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    It wasn’t on this list, but one of my favorite Rumi quotes is, “Let the beauty you love be what you do.”

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    June 3, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Mystical clues and instructions for bliss.

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    Lesa Michelin

    May 5, 2019 at 10:11 am


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    May 2, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    Do you really need breakfast when u have Rumi? Rich, wholesome & lingering taste of life.

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    October 19, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    The wound is the place where the light enters you

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    September 7, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    “Love is the bridge to you and everything.”

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      July 15, 2019 at 9:53 pm

      extremely appreciate it!!

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      Sharat deshpande

      September 20, 2019 at 12:56 pm

      Like a breath of fresh air wafting by, with the scent of a thousand flowers.Powerful lines to drive home sublime truth.

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    Carole Epp

    August 23, 2018 at 10:55 am

    ” 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.”

    This quote gives me goosebumps. And a sense of authenticity….

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