98 Profound Quotes by Rumi On Life, Self Love, Ego and More (With Meaning)

Rumi quotes on life

This article is a collection of some of the most profound quotes by the ancient poet, scholar and mystic, Rumi.

Most of the quotes have been taken from Rumi’s poems and cover Rumi’s views on the mind, body, soul, love, emotions, solitude, consciousness and nature of the universe.

List of quotes

Here’s the list of 98 of the most beautiful quotes from Rumi.

Rumi on the law of attraction


What you seek is seeking you.

What you seek is seeking you - Rumi


The world is a mountain. Whatever you say, it will echo it back to you.

Rumi on listening to your intuition


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

The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.

The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear - Rumi


If light is in your heart, you will find your way home.

Rumi on solitude


No more words. In the name of this place we drink in with our breathing, stay quiet like a flower. So the night-birds will start singing.

A white flower grows in the quietness. Let your tongue become that flower.

Let silence take you to the core of life.

Silence is the language of God.

Rumi on the power of imagination


Everything you possess of skill, and wealth, and handicraft, wasn’t it first merely a thought and a quest?

Rumi on patience


If you are wholly perplexed and in straits, have patience, for patience is the key to joy.

If you are wholly perplexed and in straits, have patience, for patience is the key to joy - Rumi


Be quiet now and wait. It may be that the ocean, the one we desire so to move into and become, desires us out here on land a little longer.

Rumi on your eternal nature


You are not a drop in a ocean, you are the entire ocean in a drop.

You are not a drop in a ocean, you are the entire ocean in a drop - Rumi


Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you.

Shine like the whole universe is yours.

Rumi on religion


I belong to no religion. My religion is love. Every heart is my temple.

Rumi on wisdom


Wisdom is like the rain. It’s supply is unlimited, but it comes down according to what the occasion requires – in winter and spring, in summer and autumn, always in due measure, more or less, but the source of that rain is the oceans itself, which has no limits.

Rumi on balance


Life is a balance between holding on and letting go.

Life is a balance between holding on and letting go - Rumi


The middle path is the way to wisdom

Rumi on one’s capacity to perceive


What else can I say? You will only hear what you are ready to hear.

Rumi on not worrying about what other people think


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

Sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think - Rumi


Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.

Start a huge, foolish project, like Noah…it makes absolutely no difference what people think of you.

If you can step away from your need for approval, all that you do, top to bottom, will be approved.

Rumi on letting go of the self (ego)


Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself.

A pearl in the shell does not touch the ocean. Be a pearl without a shell.

Although you appear in earthly form, your essence is pure consciousness. When you lose all sense of self the bonds of a thousand chains will vanish. Lose yourself completely, return to the root of the root of your own soul.

Master your vicious ego and judgmental mind then with clear purpose, silent and alone you can start on your journey toward Spirit.

Try and be a sheet of paper with nothing on it. Be a spot of ground where nothing is growing, where something might be planted, a seed, possibly, from the Absolute.

Rumi on doing things that your heart desires


When you do things from the soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. But when action comes from another section, the feeling disappears.

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.

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

Respond to every call that excites your spirit.

Rumi on looking within


Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.

Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself. - Rumi


Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you.

You wander from room to room hunting for the diamond necklace that is already around your neck!

Whatever you want, ask it of yourself. Whatever you’re looking for can only be found inside of you.

Why are you so enchanted by this world when a mine of gold lies within you?

Don’t look for the remedy for your troubles outside yourself. You are the medicine. You are the cure for your own sorrow.

Remember, the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you.

The inspiration you seek is already within you. Be silent and listen.

Don’t go off sightseeing. The real journey is right here. The great excursion starts from exactly where you are. You are the world. You have everything you need. You are the secret. You are the wide opened.

Rumi on hope


If continually you keep your hope, quivering like the willow in longing for Heaven, spiritual water and fire will continually arrive and increase your subsistence.

Rumi on perceiving from a blank space


The Absolute works with nothing. The workshop, the materials are what does not exist.

Try and be a sheet of paper with nothing on it. Be a spot of ground where nothing is growing, where something might be planted, a seed, possibly, from the Absolute.

Rumi on unconscious living (living in the mind)


This place is a dream, only a sleeper considers it real.

Rumi on persistence


Keep on knocking, ’til the joy inside opens a window. Look to see who’s there.

Rumi on the value of suffering


Sorrow prepares you for joy. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.

Sorrow prepares you for joy. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place. - Rumi


What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle.

These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.

Suffering is a gift. In it is hidden mercy.

God continually turns you from one state of feeling to another, revealing truth by means of opposites; so that you may have the two wings of fear and hope; for the bird with one wing is unable to fly.

The wound is the place where the Light enters you.

Hardship may dishearten at first, but every hardship passes away. All despair is followed by hope; all darkness is followed by sunshine.

Rumi on changing negative energy into positive energy


The ground’s generosity takes in our compost and grows beauty! Try to be more like the ground.

The ground's generosity takes in our compost and grows beauty! Try to be more like the ground. - Rumi


Rumi on self control


Let’s ask God to help us to self-control: for one who lacks it, lacks His Grace. The undisciplined person doesn’t wrong himself alone — but sets fire to the whole world. Discipline enabled Heaven to be filled with light; discipline enabled the angels to be immaculate and holy.

Rumi on self love


When you find love, you will find yourself. When you have the knowledge of love, you will then feel peace in your heart. Stop searching here and there, the Jewels are inside you. This, my friends, is the holy meaning of love.

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.

Find the sweetness in your own heart, then you may find the sweetness in every heart.

Rumi on taking a break from thinking


Put your thoughts to sleep, do not let them cast a shadow over the moon of your heart. Let go of thinking.

Put your thoughts to sleep, let go of thinking.


Fast from thoughts, fast: thoughts are like the lion and the wild ass; men’s hearts are the thickets they haunt.

Rumi on judging others


Many of the faults you see in others, dear reader, are your own nature reflected in them.

Rumi on self esteem


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

You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?

Rumi on love


If I love myself. I love you. If I love you. I love myself.

Love rests on no foundation. It is an endless ocean, with no beginning or end.

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

Love is a river. Drink from it.

In the silence of love you will find the spark of life.

Love is the religion, and the universe is the book.

Come out of the circle of time and into the circle of love.

Read 55 more love quotes by Rumi.


Rumi on acceptance


Learn the alchemy true human beings know. The moment you accept what troubles you’ve been given the door will open.

Being in the present moment


Look past your thoughts, so you may drink the pure nectar of This Moment.

This moment is all there is.

Rumi on patience


Patience is not sitting and waiting, it is foreseeing. It is looking at the thorn and seeing the rose, looking at the night and seeing the day. Lovers are patient and know that the moon needs time to become full.

A new moon teaches gradualness and deliberation and how one gives birth to oneself slowly. Patience with small details makes perfect a large work, like the universe.

Rumi on taking responsibility


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

On finding God


Why am I seeking? I am the same as he. His essence speaks through me. I have been looking for myself

I looked in temples, churches, and mosques. But I found the Divine within my heart.

On being mindful


Let go of your mind and then be mindful. Close your ears and listen!

Rumi on Solitude


Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence.

There is a way between voice and presence, where information flows. In disciplined silence it opens; with wandering talk it closes.

Speak Little. Learn the words of eternity. Go beyond your tangled thoughts and find the splendor of paradise.

Silence is an ocean. Speech is a river. When the ocean is searching for you, don’t walk into the river. Listen to the ocean.

Why are you so afraid of silence, silence is the root of everything. If you spiral into its void, a hundred voices will thunder messages you long to hear.

On self control


The intelligent desire self-control; children want candy.

On being with the right people


My dear soul, flee from the worthless, stay close only to those with a pure heart.

Rumi on self awareness


He who cannot discover himself; cannot discover the world.

The desire to know your own soul will end all other desires.

Rumi on finding your passion


Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart. Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.

Rumi on destiny


Every moment I shape my destiny with a chisel, I am a carpenter of my own soul.

Rumi on letting go of the past


Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.

Rumi on letting go of worrying


Be empty of worrying. Think of who created thought! Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open? Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence. Flow down and down in always widening rings of being.

Do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know the side you are used to is better than the one to come?

Rumi on gratitude


Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.

Gratitude is wine for the soul.

Rumi on raising your vibration


Raise your words, not your voice, it’s rain that grows flowers, not thunder.

Rumi on bringing about change


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


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