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Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, Islamic scholar and theologian. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world’s languages and transposed into various formats. Rumi has been described as the “most popular poet” and the “best selling poet” in the United States.

Here are 35 Rumi quotes to inspire you.

Rumi Quotes

1. “Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”

2. “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing 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.”

3. “Let the beauty we love be what we do.”

4. “Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.”

5. “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”

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

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

8. “The cure for pain is in the pain.”

9. “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.”

10. “Only from the heart can you touch the sky.”

Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion. - rumi quotes

11. “Let silence take you to the core of life.”

12. “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop.”

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

14. “Take someone who doesn’t keep score, who’s not looking to be richer, or afraid of losing, who has not the slightest interest even in his own personality: he’s free.”

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

You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop. - rumi quotes

16. “Let silence be the art you practice.”

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

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

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

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

21. “What you seek is seeking you.”

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

23. “Life is balance of holding on and letting go.”

24. “Patience is the key to joy.”

25. “As you start to walk on the way, the way appears.”

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

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

27. “There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.”

28. “Love is the bridge between you and everything.”

29. “Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction.”

30. “The art of knowing is knowing what to ignore.”

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31. “Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open.”

32. “We are one. Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.”

33. “You’ve seen my descent. Now watch my rising.”

34. “The quieter you become the more you are able to hear.”

35. “The universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you already are.”

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