Inspirational Rumi Quotes

It is my hope that these inspirational Rumi quotes will inspire you to a life of meaning and purpose!

“Keep on knocking
'til the joy inside
opens a window
look to see who's there”

“And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?”

“Do not be satisfied with the stories that come before you. Unfold your own myth.”

"You were born with potential
You were born with goodness and trust
You were born with ideals and dreams
You were born with greatness
You were born with wings
You are not meant for crawling, so don't
You have wings
Learn to use them and fly!"

“You wander from room to room

Hunting for the diamond necklace
That is already around your neck!”

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

“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?”

"Your essence is gold hidden in dust. To reveal its splendor, you need to burn in the fire of Love.”

"The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don't go back to sleep.

You must ask for what you really want.
Don't go back to sleep.

People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.

The door is round and open.
Don't go back to sleep."

“When setting out on a journey do not seek advice from someone who never left home”

"Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love."

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

“You are a ruby in the heart of granite, how long will you try to deceive us? We can see the truth in your eyes, so come, come, return to the root of the root of your own self...”
-Rumi from the Diwan

"God picks up the reed-flute world and blows.
Each note is a need coming through one of us, a passion, a longing pain.
Remember the lips where the wind breath originated, and let your note be clear.
Don't try to end it.
Be your note.
I'll show you when it's enough.
Go up on the roof at night, in this city of the soul.
Let everyone climb on their roofs and sing their notes!

Sing loud!"

"So man has come into this world for a particular task and that is his purpose. If he does not perfom it, then he will have done nothing. If you say, "Even if I do not perform that task, yet so many tasks are performed by me", you were not created for those other tasks."

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

"Into my heart's night along a narrow way I groped; and lo! the light,an infinite land of day."

"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."

Who says words with my mouth?

All day I think about it, then at night I say it.
Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing?
I have no idea.
My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that,
and I intend to end up there.

This drunkenness began in some other tavern.
When I get back around to that place,
I'll be completely sober. Meanwhile,
I'm like a bird from another continent, sitting in this aviary.
The day is coming when I fly off,
but who is it now in my ear who hears my voice?
Who says words with my mouth?

Who looks out with my eyes? What is the soul?
I cannot stop asking.
If I could taste one sip of an answer,
I could break out of this prison for drunks.
I didn't come here of my own accord, and I can't leave that way.
Whoever brought me here will have to take me home.

This poetry, I never know what I'm going to say.
I don't plan it.
When I'm outside the saying of it,
I get very quiet and rarely speak at all.

From Essential Rumi
by Coleman Barks

Andrew Harvey's views on why we should read Inspirational Rumi Quotes.


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