100 Rumi Quotes on Love, Life and Friendship

Find all the quotes by Rumi in one place. Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi; popularly known as ‘Rumi’ amongst poetry lovers, was born in the 13th century and is one of the most renowned Islamic spiritual masters, poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic. He hailed from a family of learned theologians, which was instrumental as it helped fashion the Rumi we know and love. Let’s see all Rumi quotes on love and friendship now.

Quotes by Rumi

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.

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

Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love.

The garden of love is green without limit and yields many fruits other than sorrow or joy. Love is beyond either condition: without spring, without autumn, it is always fresh.

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

These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.

Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.

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

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

Only from the heart can you touch the sky.

You left and I cried tears of blood. My sorrow grows. Its not just that You left. But when You left my eyes went with You. Now, how will I cry?

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

We carry inside us the wonders we seek outside us.

Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.

The moment you accept what troubles you’ve been given, the door will open.

Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction.

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.

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

Something opens our wings. Something makes boredom and hurt disappear. Someone fills the cup in front of us: We taste only sacredness.

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

Love is the bridge between you and everything.

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.

Keep silent, because the world of silence is a vast fullness.

When will you begin that long journey into yourself?

Oh, bird of my soul, fly away now, For I possess a hundred fortified towers.

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

Whatever lifts the corners of your mouth, trust that.

Through Love all that is bitter will be sweet, Through Love all that is copper will be gold, Through Love all dregs will become wine, through Love all pain will turn to medicine.

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.

My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there.

Listen! Clam up your mouth and be silent like an oyster shell, for that tongue of yours is the enemy of the soul, my friend. When the lips are silent, the heart has a hundred tongues.

Why do you stay in prison, when the door is so wide open?

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

The Prophets accept all agony and trust it. For the water has never feared the fire.

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?

When someone beats a rug, the blows are not against the rug, but against the dust in it.

Your depression is connected to your insolence and refusal to praise.

Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.

Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.

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.

I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul.

Plant the love of the holy ones within your spirit; don’t give your heart to anything, but the love of those whose hearts are glad.

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.

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

I have seen the king with a face of Glory, He who is the eye and the sun of heaven, He who is the companion and healer of all beings, He who is the soul and the universe that births souls.

Let silence be the art you practice.

If you find the mirror of the heart dull, the rust has not been cleared from its face.

Don’t wait any longer.
Dive in the ocean,
Leave and let the sea be you.

In the blackest of your moments, wait with no fear.

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.

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

I have no companion but Love, no beginning, no end, no dawn. The Soul calls from within me: ‘You, ignorant of the way of Love, set Me free.’

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.

I should be suspicious of what I want.

There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground; there are a thousand ways to go home again.

May these vows and this marriage be blessed.

You know the value of every article of merchandise, but if you don’t know the value of your own soul, it’s all foolishness.

There’s a field somewhere
beyond all doubt and wrong doing.
I’ll meet you there.

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

And so it is, that both the Devil and the angelic Spirit present us with objects of desire to awaken our power of choice.

Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.

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

However much I might try to expound or explain Love, when I come to Love itself, I am ashamed of my explanations… Love alone can explain the mysteries of love and lovers.

Be certain that in the religion of Love there are no believers and unbelievers. LOVE embraces all.

What matters is how quickly you do what your soul directs.

Water, stories, the body, all the things we do, are mediums that hid and show what’s hidden.

Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.

The spirit is so near that you can’t see it! But reach for it… don’t be a jar, full of water, whose rim is always dry. Don’t be the rider who gallops all night and never sees the horse that is beneath him.

Beg of God the removal of envy, that God may deliver you from externals, and bestow upon you an inward occupation, which will absorb you so that your attention is not drawn away.

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.

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.

This is the essence of all sciences – that you should know who you will be when the Day of Reckoning arrives.

Silence is the language of god, all else is poor translation.

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

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.

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.

Be full of sorrow, that you may become hill of joy; weep, that you may break into laughter.

When I die, I shall soar with angels, and when I die to the angels, what I shall become you cannot imagine.

Seek the wisdom that will untie your knot. Seek the path that demands your whole being.

There is a voice that doesn’t use words, listen.

What shall I say, O Muslims, I know not myself, I am neither a Christian, nor a Jew, nor a Zoroastrian, nor a Muslim.

Travel brings power and love back into your life.

In silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves.

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.

There is an invisible strength within us; when it recognizes two opposing objects of desire, it grows stronger.

A pen went scribbling along. When it tried to write love, it broke.

I am not this hair, I am not this skin, I am the soul that lives within.

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.

Be empty of worrying. Think of who created thought!

Close your eyes, fall in love, stay there.

Love will find its way through all languages on its own.

What? Are you still pretending you are separate from the Beloved?

What you seek is seeking you.

The way the Beloved can fit in my heart, two thousand lives could fit in this body of mine. One kernel could contain a thousand bushels, and a hundred worlds pass through the eye of the needle.

It is certain that an atom of goodness on the path of faith is never lost.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.

The gifts of lovers to one another are, in respect to love, nothing but forms; yet, they testify to invisible love.

Either give me more wine or leave me alone.

About Rumi

Making use of day to day circumstances, Rumi described the spiritual world to people, which is one of the reasons his teachings resonate with youth and scholars even now. All of his six books have been translated into various languages such as Hindi, Urdu, English, etc. by different authors. His Poems are also highly regarded especially among the native Persian speakers of Afghanistan, Iran, and Tajikistan.

Rumi’s Work and Evolution

Rumi was an Islamic scholar and a very highly regarded religious teacher hailing from, now what is known as a central Turkey. With his immensely profound teachings, he turned from a mystical scholar to a celebrated master of spiritual awareness.

The clear evidence of his growth can be seen and examined by his poetry; this evolution of his work paved the way for Rumi to become one of the most celebrated and best-selling poets and authors in the United States. His work called Divan, meaning collection is a composition of quatrains, ghazals, and other poetic forms. His work talks about longing for the loved one, many people relate this with their love and heartbreak, while scholars interpret as the longing for the Divine, God, Allah.

From a scholar to mystic lover, his masterpiece the Mathnawi, a series of six books clearly describes his journey from ordinary awareness to experiencing the opened eyes of a mystic. His quotes from the book represent the unpleasantness of self-reflection and the recognition of human potential.

He voluntarily decided to take on demanding journeys; determined to reach beyond his comfort zone, lead to the creation of his beautiful poetry. His story is a clear reflection of an ordinary being maturing into a creature of full awareness and directly connecting with the divine. Mathnawi is the story of this metamorphosis; a journey that can be achieved by anyone willing and motivated enough to make a move beyond the mundane realm transitioning to the divine light.


Rumi’s quotes and books have inspired traditions and musical classics, especially around the Iranian and Afghan regions. Muhammad Reza Shajarian and Shahram Nazeri have provided contemporary interoperation of his work, Davood Azad, scholars hailing from Iran and Ustad Mohammad Hashem Cheshti of Afgan descend. To many modern Westerners, his teachings are one of the best introductions to the philosophy and practice of Sufism. In the West Shahram Shiva, a renowned poet has been teaching and sharing the works of Rumi’s Poetry for nearly twenty years and has been paramount in spreading Rumi’s legacy in the English-speaking parts of the world.

Rumi was ahead of his time, which is why his work broke boundaries; his work broke the barriers between different religions and cultures. It is said that people from different walks of life, came to his funeral to pay their respects because each and everyone felt a connection with him; a relationship which was devoid of religion, caste and creed. It understood only one language of love.

His words remain relevant because his voice was clear, concise, filled with passion and pain; something we all can connect with even today. He portrays his message with enthusiasm and optimism, and his choice of words teaches full meaning lessons to people from different walks of life.

Influential Rumi Quotes

Rumi’s quotes on love, friendship, and God have always been food for thought. Here are two of his most famous quotes.

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

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

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