100 Powerful Rumi Quotes That Will Transform You

Rumi Quotes That Will Transform You


Rumi, a name that you might have heard of or must have searched on Google to read his beautiful poetry or quotes.

The name Rumi was given to him by the west because for his lifetime he was known as  Jalāl ad-Dīn Mohammad Balkhī Mowlānā. The term Mowlana means 'a master'. And for sure, he was a master of his work. He was a mystic, an Islamic scholar and a theologian. 

It is interesting to find out that he was just an average person until he met Shams-e Tabrizi and this encounter completely changed his life. 

They both secluded themselves for 3 months and what happened in those three months is still a mystery. It is because of Shams that Rumi transformed into a spiritual master and a mystical poet. He became spiritual, washed his ego, and transformed himself from a scholar to a mystic.

From that time whatever he perceived in life, he saw it as a manifestation of God and looked beyond.

Some instances change us, they transform us into someone which we never imagined.  The quotes by Rumi which I am going to share with you might transform you or might motivate you in order to become someone better. 

    Rumi Quotes On Love

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    1. “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

    2. “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

    3. “This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.” - Rumi

    4. “Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love.” - Rumi

    5. “Reason is powerless in the expression of love.” - Rumi

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

    7. “Love is the bridge between you and everything.” - Rumi

    8. “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.” - Rumi

    9. “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

    10. “Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.” - Rumi

    11. “Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.” - Rumi

    12. “If you find me not within you, you will never find me. For I have been with you, from the beginning of me.” - Rumi

    13. “A lover asked his beloved, Do you love yourself more than you love me? Beloved replied, I have died to myself and I live for you. I’ve disappeared from myself and my attributes, I am present only for you. I’ve forgotten all my learnings, but from knowing you I’ve become a scholar. I’ve lost all my strength, but from your power I am able. I love myself…I love you. I love you…I love myself.” - Rumi

    14. “Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.” - Rumi

    Rumi Quotes On Happiness

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    15. “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

    16. “When you feel a peaceful joy, that's when you are near truth.” - Rumi

    17. “I will find new meaning in every joy and sorrow.” - Rumi

    18. “Everyone is so afraid of death, but the real sufis just laugh: nothing tyrannizes their hearts. What strikes the oyster shell does not damage the pearl.” - Rumi

    19. “The hurt you embrace becomes joy.” - Rumi

    20. “A moment of happiness, you and I sitting on the verandah, apparently two, but one in soul, you and I. We feel the flowing water of life here, you and I, with the garden's beauty and the birds singing. The stars will be watching us, and we will show them what it is to be a thin crescent moon. You and I unselfed, will be together, indifferent to idle speculation, you and I. The parrots of heaven will be cracking sugar as we laugh together, you and I. In one form upon this earth, and in another form in a timeless sweet land.” - Rumi

    21. “It is Love that gives joy to happiness.” - Rumi

    22. “Are you jealous of the ocean’s generosity? Why would you refuse to give this joy to anyone? Fish don’t hold the sacred liquid in cups! They swim the huge fluid freedom.” - Rumi

    Rumi On Soul

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    23. “I am not this hair, I am not this skin, I am the soul that lives within.” - Rumi

    24. “What is planted in each person’s soul will sprout.” - Rumi

    25. “Nothing can help me but that beauty. There was a dawn I remember when my soul heard something from your soul.” - Rumi

    26. “Oh soul, you worry too much. You have seen your own strength. You have seen your own beauty. You have seen your golden wings. Why do you worry?” - Rumi

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

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

    29. “Body is not veiled from soul, neither soul from body, yet no man hath ever seen a soul.” - Rumi

    30. “I have put the ear of my soul in the widow of your heart” - Rumi

    31. “Look carefully around you and recognize the luminosity of souls. Sit beside those who draw you to that.” - Rumi

    32. “My dear soul, flee from the worthless, stay close only to those with a pure heart. Like attracts like. A crow will lead you to the graveyard, a parrot to a lump of sugar.” - Rumi

    33. “Nothing can help me but that beauty. There was a dawn I remember when my soul heard something from your soul. I drank water from your spring and felt the current take me” - Rumi

    34. “Sit quietly and listen for a voice that will say, “Be more silent.” As that happens, your soul starts to revive.” - Rumi

    35. “The soul has been given it’s own ears to hear things the mind does not understand.” - Rumi

    Rumi Quotes On Change

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

    37. “The garden of the world has no limits, except in your mind.” - Rumi

    38. “To change, you must face the dragon of your appetites with another dragon: the life-energy of the soul.” - Rumi

    39. “Your way begins at the other side.
    Become the sky.
    Take an axe to the prison wall.
    Escape.
    Walk out like someone suddenly born into color.
    Do it now.” - Rumi

    40. “Life s picture is constantly undergoing change. The spirit beholds a new world every moment.” - Rumi

    41. “Whenever they rebuild an old building, they must first of all destroy the old one.” - Rumi

    Rumi Quotes On Silence

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    42. “This silence, this moment, every moment, If it’s genuinely inside you, brings what you need.” - Rumi

    43. “Sing to me in the silence of your heart and I will rise up to hear your triumphant song.” - Rumi

    44. “Silence is the root of everything. If you spiral into its void a hundred voices will thunder messages you long to hear.” - Rumi

    45. “This is how it always is when I finish a poem. A great silence overcomes me and I wonder why I ever thought to use language.” - Rumi

    46. “Silence is the sea, and speech is like the river. The sea is seeking you: don’t seek the river. Don’t turn your head away from the signs offered by the sea.” - Rumi

    47. “Be quiet, the secret cannot be spoken, It is wrapped in silence.” - Rumi

    48. “I want that love that is the silence of eternity.” - Rumi

    49. “There is a place where words are born of silence.” - Rumi

    Rumi Quotes On Nature

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    50. “Don't allow your animal nature to rule your reason.” - Rumi

    51. “In the garden
    I see only your face
    From trees and blossoms
    I inhale only your fragrance.” - Rumi

    52. “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

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

    54. “Very little grows on jagged rock. Be ground. Be crumbled, so wild flowers will come up where you are.” - Rumi

    55. “Always search for your innermost nature in those you are with, as rose oil imbibes from roses.” - Rumi

    56. “That moon which the sky never saw even in dreams has risen again.” - Rumi

    Powerful Rumi Quotes On God

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    57. “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.” - Rumi

    58. “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

    59. “Silence is the language of god, all else is poor translation.” - Rumi

    60. “I looked for God. I went to a temple and I didn't find him there. Then I went to a church and I didn't find him there. The I went to a mosque and I didn't find him there. Then finally I looked in my heart and there he was.” - Rumi

    61. “If in thirst you drink water from a cup, you see God in it. Those who are not in love with God will see only their own faces in it.” - Rumi

    62. “Remember God so much that you are forgotten. Let the caller and the called disappear; be lost in the Call.” - Rumi

    63. “What a relief to be empty! Then God can live your life.” - Rumi

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

    65. “Don’t dismiss the heart, even if it’s filled with sorrow. God’s treasures are buried in broken hearts.” - Rumi

    66. “Don’t be sad! Because God sends hope in the most desperate moments. Don’t forget, the heaviest rain comes out of the darkest clouds.” - Rumi

    67. “Do good to the people for the sake of God or for the peace of your own soul that you may always see what is pure and save your heart from the darkness of hate.” - Rumi

    68. “I searched for God and found only myself. I searched for myself and found only God.” - Rumi

    69. “To become spiritual, you must die to self, and come alive in the Lord. Only then will the mysteries of God fall from your lips. To die to self through self-discipline causes suffering but brings you everlasting life.” - Rumi

    Rumi Quotes On Women

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    70. “Woman is a ray of God. She is not that earthly beloved: she is creative, not created.” - Rumi

    71. “Woman is a ray of God. She is not that earthly beloved: she is creative, not created.” - Rumi

    72. “God is never seen immaterially, and the vision of him in the women is the most perfect of all.” - Rumi

    73. “A women is a mystery to guide a wise and open man.” - Rumi

    74. “A woman is like a delicate rose, if you treat her with care and respect it will bloom.” - Rumi

    Rumi Quotes On Destiny

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    75. “Though Destiny a hundred times waylays you, in the end, it pitches a tent for you in Heaven. It is God's loving-kindness to terrify you, in order to lead you to His Kingdom of safety.” - Rumi

    76. “Every moment I shape my destiny with a chisel - I am the carpenter of my own soul.” - Rumi

    77. “When you find yourself with the Beloved, embracing for
    one breath, in that moment you will find your true destiny.
    Alas, don't spoil this precious moment.
    Moments like this are very, very rare.” - Rumi

    78. “Whatever you lost through fate, be certain that it saved you from pain.” - Rumi

    79. “I want a trouble-maker for a lover, Blood spiller, blood drinker, a heart of flame, Who quarrels with the sky and fights with fate, Who burns like fire on the rushing sea.” - Rumi

    80. “What you seek is seeking you.” - Rumi

    Rumi On Friendship

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    81. “Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.” - Rumi

    82. “Friend, our closeness is this: anywhere you put your foot, feel me in the firmness under you.” - Rumi

    83. “Stay with friends who support you in these. Talk with them about sacred texts, and how you are doing, and how they are doing, and keep your practices together.” - Rumi

    84. “Be with those who help your being.” - Rumi

    Rumi Quotes On Death


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    85. “I was dead, then alive. Weeping, then laughing” - Rumi

    86. “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

    87. “I learned that every mortal will taste death. But only some will taste life.” - Rumi

    88. “Before death takes away what you are given, give away what there is to give.” - Rumi

    89. “The angel of death arrives,
    and I spring joyfully up.
    No one knows what comes over me
    when I and that messenger speak!” - Rumi

    90. “Love is from the infinite, and will remain until eternity.
    The seeker of love escapes the chains of birth and death.
    Tomorrow, when resurrection comes,
    The heart that is not in love will fail the test.” - Rumi

    91. “What strikes the oyster shell does not damage the pearl The world is a playground, and death is the night.” - Rumi

    92. “Die! Die! Die in this love!
    If you die in this love, Your soul will be renewed.
    Die! Die! Don’t fear the death of that which is known
    If you die to the temporal, You will become timeless.” - Rumi

    Inspiring Rumi Quotes On Life

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    93. “Why should I be unhappy? Every parcel of my being is in full bloom.” - Rumi

    94. “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.” - Rumi

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

    96. “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.” - Rumi

    97. “If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished.” - Rumi

    98. “Can you find another market like this? Where, with your one rose, you can buy hundreds of rose gardens.” - Rumi

    99. “There is a morning inside you waiting to burst open into Light.” - Rumi

    100. “Keep walking, though there’s no place to get to. Don’t try to see through the distances. That’s not for human beings. Move within, but don’t move the way fear makes you move.” - Rumi

    What Can You Learn From These Powerful And Inspiring Rumi Quotes?

    Through these Rumi quotes, we can learn that nothing ever dies. Everything in this world just transforms because every single being on this planet is an image of God. The water, sand, soil, air, birds or animals, everything is God's projection. 

    Through Rumi, I learned what love is, and how love is important in one's life to transform oneself. I hope these quotes inspire you too and make you realise how beautiful this world is.

    If you liked this article then comment down your favourite Rumi quote, mine is "what you seek is seeking you."

    Thanks for reading.

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