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Rumi Quotes: 25 Sayings That Could Change Your Life

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Rumi as we know him, was a 13th-century poet of immense talent. Similar to Osho, his work highlights the power of literature in its ability to transcend time, language and geographic locations.

It’s incredible to think that he could cover so many topics, in so few words, and still inspire us today. And he’s left behind a body of work that will inspire generations to come.

Below, we’ve covered some of our favourite Rumi quotes from poems and other works. This covers everything from life and love to death and beyond. We hope these words of wisdom will inspire you to harness the power of positive thinking and become a tool for use in your everyday life.


Rumi Quotes – 25 Sayings That Could Change Your Life

On Life:

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

Our Thoughts: Embrace your uniqueness.


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

Our Thoughts: Find what it is you love to do, and go do it. Everyone will be better for it.


3) “Come, seek, for search is the foundation of fortune: every success depends upon focusing the heart.” – Rumi

Our Thoughts: Focus on what you want and then clear a path to get there.


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4) “Gamble everything for love, if you are a true human being. Halfheartedness does not reach into majesty.” – Rumi

Our Thoughts: Never skimp on love.


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

Our Thoughts: At a certain point, everything will click with the right person.

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6) “Why are you so enchanted by this world, when a mine of gold lies within you?” – Rumi

Our Thoughts: Embrace the power you possess. Happiness does not come from the outside in.


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

Our Thoughts: Live to your full potential. Believe in yourself and others will follow suit.


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8) “There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.” – Rumi

Our Thoughts: Embrace being a great listener.


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

Our Thoughts: Change comes from the inside out. Start with yourself.


On Not Sweating The Small Stuff:

10) “If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?” – Rumi

Our Thoughts: Adversity will eventually help you shine.



On Love:

11) “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” – Rumi

Our Thoughts: Pursue your passions.


12) “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

Our Thoughts: How can we really explain love any better than this.


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13) “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

Our Thoughts: Open yourself up to receive what is out there for you.


14) “Gamble everything for love, if you are a true human being. Halfheartedness does not reach into majesty” – Rumi

Our Thoughts: Go all out.


15) “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

Our Thoughts: Take this, write a card, and give it to the person you love. That’s pretty much it.


On Relationships:

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

Our Thoughts: Go beyond the kind words and you will find the answers.


On Inspiration:

17) “Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love” – Rumi

Our Thoughts: Follow your heart.

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18) “What you seek is seeking you.” – Rumi

Our Thoughts: Your dreams are chasing you as much you are chasing them. Embrace that.

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On Death, Sadness and Loss:

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

Our Thoughts: Move on with the knowledge that you will be happy again in time.


20) “Before death takes away what you are given, give away what there is to give. ” – Rumi

Our Thoughts:


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21) “Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.” – Rumi

Our Thoughts: Look beyond the superficial.


On Anger:

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

Our Thoughts: Work to persuade with kind words rather than aggresive actions.

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On Being Gracious:

23) “Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.” – Rumi

Our Thoughts: Continue to be grateful for everything you have.


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24) “There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the earth.” – Rumi

Our Thoughts: There are many ways to do the exact same thing.


On The Future:

25) “Yesterday is gone and its tale told. Today new seeds are growing.” – Rumi

Our Thoughts: Embrace today and forget the past.



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Do you have any Rumi Quotes about life or love we forgot? Any Rumi poems that really inspire you? Let us know in the comments!

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Written by Quotezine Team

Michelle Quinteros is a pop culture and lifestyle writer with a fancy degree from McMaster University. When she’s not writing for Quotezine, she can be found excessively quoting The Simpsons or binge watching Netflix.


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  1. No need to compare anyone! Not even with Osha.
    The philosophers and highly educated persian (Farsi) speaking scholors have at times difficulty phylosophizing/translate what rumi was revealing & at times indicate that they dont know/ they cannot understand his full intention!
    As a submitter who truly understood the message of Divine Love, his words & poems need to be understood/translated in a deep phylosophical/spritual manner. Even highly educated students/scholors of his path would have to spend a good amount of time to come to a divinely-understanding of his messages!
    Indeed, the meaning of his poems are not what you just read and each needs hours of inspired thinking to be fully undrestood!

  2. Ok, Quotezine Team, let Rumi’s words speak for themselves. And let your audience think for themselves. Unfortunately most of your ‘thoughts’ have little to do with the quotes here. Hopefully your audience is not as stupid as you seem to think.

  3. You suppose you are the trouble
    But you are the cure
    You suppose that you are the lock on the door
    But you are the key that opens it
    It’s too bad that you want to be someone else
    You don’t see your own face, your own beauty
    Yet, no face is more beautiful than yours. – Rumi

  4. That is a nice collection but I’d say your thoughts are oversimplification but I do appreciate the word. When Rumi talks about love, he talks about divine love i.e love of God. However our notion of love is somewhat mundane hence we’d never truly grasp Rumi’s notion of love. But let me please eloborate a little bit more about this notion of love at least theoritacally.

    He holds a pantheistic world view meaning that there is literally nothing but God in this universe (and other universes if they do exist). Everything else you see or feel is nothing but just a reflection of supreme being. So all we ever see is myriad number of reflections from the divine mirror. Since the one and only thing that truly exists is God then me=you=he=she=we=them=God. But this is somewhat tricky school of thought because when he says “I am the God(and so are you and everyone else)” -even if he never explicitly said it- he doesn’t claim that he is the one to be worshipped. He just states that his (and our) essence is God. In other words, we are made of God. God lives in within our hearts. Thereby, these are the people who refrains the most from breaking a heart. Rumi is not the first one to hold such a world view. There’s a whole literature about this pantheistic world view of Islam on the net just go and search. But it wouldn’t be too far fetched to claim that he is the best poet to express this philosophy.

    OK we studied enough theory. Let’s apply this to the quotes here. Take number 1. We naive people think that we are too small compared to the whole universe. But I just explained you that we are the whole universe itself. So we are not a drop in the ocean, it is vice versa.

    Let me also explain the quote number 5 lastly and leave the rest as an exercise for you guys. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. Who are the lovers? Rumi loves God and thus literally everything. As Rumi had gone through an astral journey, at his final destination he found what he ever ultimately sought, namely the God right within himself. Actually did I just explain number 18 unintentionally? Lol yup i did oh well. It turns out that “They’re in each other all along!”.

    Rumi was so full of love of God that he named the day he would day as Seb-i Arus, translation the wedding day. Because he was gonna finally meet his ultimate love. You can refer to this site for further information about Seb-i Arus and Rumi.

  5. Love Rumi’s quotes but I would say some of your thoughts aren’t right . The meanings are completely different (in some) but you are certainly entitled to your opinion. Thanks for sharing anyway!

  6. I hardly think that Rumi needs to be reinterpreted in the “our thoughts” for each section. Though I’m guessing you were trying to be helpful, I found the commentary distracting and often thin. Let the words speak for themselves, and let each person get what they need to get from it.

  7. Rumi’s work, including his love poems, is the attempt of a clearly enlightened mind to articulate Truths that can only be understood through direct personal experience.
    Rumi beautifully describes what words must necessarily diminish,
    being themselves only symbols of symbols…
    His work has NOTHING to do with human love, or any part of the physical experience.
    For example, one of his most popular quotes, your number 13 means:
    Searching for love is not required, since THAT is what we already are,
    (Our Divine essence is Love).
    The reason we do not experience ourselves as THAT, is because we have build barriers against it (A false identity/ego, as individual, vulnerable,
    mortal beings SEPARATE from each other and our Source).
    Removing such beliefs/barriers, is the ONLY thing we are required to do
    so that we can remember what we really are. (We call it salvation, awakening enlightenment, etc).
    This is the essence and goal of all true spiritual paths and religious practices since the beginning of time. To help us understand this Truth and also provide us with the required tools to do the job. Simple but NOT easy… I agree with other comments re “Our thoughts” but your opinion is as valid for you as ours is for us:)

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