Rumi, also known as Mawlānā, is one of the world’s greatest poets of all time.

Born in the city of Balkh, located in Northern Afghanistan, this mystical man was heavily influenced by Sufism and had a deep love for humanity.

Throughout the centuries, his poems and quotes have sang to the hearts and souls of millions and millions of people… inspiring greater love, faith, comedy and humanity in the world.

Here are 30 of Rumi’s most inspiring quotes:

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

2. “Out beyond the world of ideas of wrong doing and right doing, there is a field. I will meet you there.” ~ Rumi

3. “Gratitude is the wine for the soul. Go on, get drunk.” ~ Rumi

4. “My religion is love. Every heart is my temple.” ~ Rumi

5. “Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.” ~ Rumi

6. “Love is the whole thing. We are only pieces.” ~ Rumi

7. “The soul has been given its own ears to hear things the mind does not understand.” ~ Rumi

8. “When the world pushes you down to your knees, you are in the perfect position to pray.” ~ Rumi

9. “Submit to love without thinking.” ~ Rumi

10. “My soul is my guide.” ~ Rumi


11. “Let yourself become living poetry.” ~ Rumi

12. “You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.” ~ Rumi

13. “I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying who listens or what they think.” ~ Rumi

14. “Know then that the body is merely a garment. Go seek the wearer, not the cloak.” ~ Rumi

15. “Stop acting so small. You are the entire Universe in ecstatic motion.” ~ Rumi

16. “I crave a love so deep the ocean would be jealous.” ~ Rumi

17. “Do not feel lonely. The entire Universe is inside you.” ~ Rumi

18. “The wound is the place where the light enters you.” ~ Rumi

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

20. “Travel brings power and love back into your life.” ~ Rumi

21. “They say there is a doorway from heart to heart, but what is the use of a door when there are no walls?” ~ Rumi

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


23. “If we are irritated by every rub, how will we be polished?” ~ Rumi

24. “With life as short as a half-taken breath, don’t plant anything but love.” ~ Rumi

25. “Be empty of worrying! Think who created the thought. Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?” ~ Rumi

26. “The ground’s generosity takes our compost and turns it into beauty! Try to be more like the ground.” ~ Rumi

27. “Go find yourself first, so you can also find me.” ~ Rumi

28. “All doubt, despair and fear become insignificant once the intention of life becomes love.” ~ Rumi

29. “These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.” ~ Rumi

30. “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.” ~ Rumi

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