Rumi (1207 - 1273) was a 13th-century Persian poet, faqih, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic. Rumi has been described as the 'most popular poet' and the 'best selling poet' in the United States.
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Soul, if you want to learn secrets,
your heart must forget about shame and dignity.
You are God’s lover,
yet you worry what people are saying.
As you start to walk on the way, the way appears.
Do not be satisfied with the stories that come before you. Unfold your own myth.
To praise the sun is to praise your own eyes.
Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.
Achieve some perfection yourself, so that you may not fall into sorrow by seeing the perfection in others.
You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.
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.
Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.
Love is the bridge between you and everything.
You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?
Only from the heart can you touch the sky.
Stop the words now.
Open the window in the center of your chest,
and let the spirits fly in and out.
In each moment the fire rages, it will burn away a hundred veils. And carry you a thousand steps toward your goal.
Be empty of worrying. Think of who created thought.
Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.
Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself.
I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.
There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled.
Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
Everything that is made beautiful and fair and lovely is made for the eye of one who sees.
The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart.
Forget safety. Live where you fear to live.
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.
The very center of your heart is where life begins – the most beautiful place on earth.
Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?
When the world pushes you to your knees, you’re in the perfect position to pray.
The universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you already are.
The lion is most handsome when looking for food.
It’s your road, and yours alone, others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.
Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.
Do not believe too much in the success stories of others, unfold your own myth.
Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.
Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.
I will be waiting here...
For your silence to break,
For your soul to shake,
For your love to wake!
Woman is the light of God.
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.
If light is in your heart, you will find your way home.
I smile like a flower not only with my lips but with my whole being.
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.
Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.
I was dead, then alive.
Weeping, then laughing.
The power of love came into me,
and I became fierce like a lion,
then tender like the evening star.
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.
Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love.
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