125 Timeless Rumi Quotes About Life, Death, Soul, And Silence

Life is a journey filled with moments of joy, challenges, growth, and introspection. Throughout this journey, the words of great poets and philosophers can provide us with profound insights and inspiration.

One such poet is Rumi, a 13th-century Persian mystic whose timeless wisdom continues to resonate with people around the world. Rumi’s quotes about life offer deep reflections on the human experience, encouraging us to find beauty in every moment and to embrace the spiritual path.

In this post, we’ve gathered some of the most inspiring and uplifting Rumi quotes about life, death, soul, and silence to help you navigate your own journey with grace and wisdom. Let these words of Rumi guide you towards a more meaningful and enlightened existence.

1. “Patience with small details makes perfect a large work, like the universe.”

2. “Start a huge, foolish project, like Noah… it makes absolutely no difference what people think of you.”

3. “Who could be so lucky? Who comes to a lake for water and sees the reflection of the moon.”

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

5. “Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place.”

6. “There is a life force within your soul, seek that life. There is a gem in the mountain of your body, seek that mine. O traveller, if you are in search of that, don’t look outside, look inside yourself and seek that.”

7. “Live life as if everything is rigged in your favour.”

8. “The wound is the place where the light enters you.”

9. “Be certain that in the religion of love there are no believers and unbelievers. Love embraces all.”

10. “Sometimes you hear a voice through the door calling you… This turning toward what you deeply love saves you.”

11. “The desire to know your own soul will end all other desires.”

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

13. “God gave you life and bestowed upon you his attributes; eventually you will return to him.”

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

15. “What is planted in each person’s soul will sprout.”

16. “Why do you stay in prison, when the door is so wide open?”

17. “Close both eyes to see with the other eye.”

18. “If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?”

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

20. “You were born with wings. Why prefer to crawl through life?”

21. “Be empty of worrying. Think of who created thought.”

22. “Patience is the key to joy.”

23. “Let yourself become living poetry.”

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

25. “I know you’re tired but come, this is the way.”

26. “Grace comes to forgive and then forgive again.”

27. “Become the sky. Take an axe to the prison wall. Escape.”

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

29. “Your depression is connected to your insolence and refusal to praise.”

30. “Sit, be still, and listen.”

31. “Be an empty page, untouched by words.”

32. “Respond to every call that excites your spirit.”

33. “You were born with wings. Why prefer to crawl through life?”

34. “Half-heartedness doesn’t reach into majesty.”

35. “The source of now is here.”

36. “The wealth within you, your essence, is your kingdom.”

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

38. “In silence there is eloquence.”

39. “Work on your stony qualities and become resplendent like the ruby. Practice self-denial and accept difficulty. Always see infinite life in letting the self die. Your stoniness will decrease; your ruby nature will grow. The signs of self-existence will leave your body, and ecstasy will take you over.”

40. “I learned that every mortal will taste death. But only some will taste life.”

41. “Everyone is so afraid of death, but the real sufis just laugh: nothing tyrannizes their hearts. What strikes the oyster shell does not damage the pearl.”

42. “Both swimmer and a drowned man are in the water; the latter is borne by the water and controlled by it, while the swimmer is borne along by his own power and of his own volition. Every movement made by the drowned man – indeed, every act and word that issue from him – comes from the water, not from him… The saints are like this. They have died before death.”

43. “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?”

44. “Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.”

45. “Achieve some perfection yourself, so that you may not fall into sorrow by seeing the perfection in others.”

46. “This is a subtle truth: Whatever you love, you are.”

47. “Why are you knocking at every other door? Go, knock at the door of your own heart.”

48. “Sometimes you hear a voice through the door calling you… This turning toward what you deeply love saves you.”

49. “Let the waters settle and you will see the moon and the stars mirrored in your own being.”

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

51. “When you feel a peaceful joy, that’s when you are near the truth.”

52. “The message behind the words is the voice of the heart.”

53. “Work. Keep digging your well. Water is there somewhere.”

54. “Whatever lifts the corners of your mouth, trust that.”

55. “Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.”

56. “A little while alone in your room will prove more valuable than anything else that could ever be given you.”

57. “Look for the answer inside your question.”

58. “The middle path is the way to wisdom.”

59. “Whenever you are alone, remind yourself that God has sent everyone else away so that there is only you and Him.”

60. “And so it is, that both the devil and the angelic spirits present us with objects of desire to awaken our power of choice.”

61. “Whatever pearl you seek, look for the pearl within the pearl!”

62. “The art of knowing is knowing what to ignore.”

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

64. “When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about.”

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

66. “Brother, stand the pain. Escape the poison of your impulses. The sky will bow to your beauty, if you do. Learn to light the candle. Rise with the sun. Turn away from the cave of your sleeping. That way a thorn expands to a rose.”

67. “Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.”

68. “Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter.”

69. “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.”

70. “With every breath, I plant the seeds of devotion, I am a farmer of the heart.”

71. “The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart.”

72. “If you knew the secret of life, you too would choose no other companion but love.”

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

74. “Whatever happens to you, don’t fall in despair. Even if all the doors are closed, a secret path will be there for you that no one knows. You can’t see it yet but so many paradises are at the end of this path…Be grateful! It is easy to thank after obtaining what you want, thank before having what you want.”

75. “This moment is all there is.”

76. “What you are seeking is also seeking you.”

77. “Gratitude is the wine for the soul. Go on. Get drunk.”

78. “Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. Cleverness is mere opinion. Bewilderment brings intuitive knowledge.”

79. “In each moment the fire rages, it will burn away a hundred veils. And carry you a thousand steps toward your goal.”

80. God’s purpose for man is to acquire a seeing eye and an understanding heart.”

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

82. “If something makes you happy in this world, you should think of what will happen to you if that thing were taken away.”

83. “What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle.”

84. “The inspiration you seek is already within you. Be silent and listen.”

85. “Let go of your mind and then be mindful. Close your ears and listen!”

86. “The garden of the world has no limit except in your mind.”

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

88. “Lovely days don’t come to you, you should walk to them.”

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

90. “Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”

91. “A candle never loses any of its light while lighting up another candle.”

92. “Don’t you know yet? It is your light that lights the world.”

93. “The inspiration you seek is already within you. Be silent and listen.”

94. “Everyone sees the unseen in proportion to the clarity of his heart, and that depends upon how much he has polished it. Whoever has polished it more sees more – more unseen forms become manifest to him.”

95. “Do not look back, No one knows how the world ever began. Do not fear the future, Nothing lasts forever. If you dwell on the past or future, You will miss the moment.”

96. “Look past your thoughts, so you may drink the pure nectar of This Moment.”

97. “Make peace with the universe. Take joy in it. It will turn to gold. Resurrection will be now. Every moment, a new beauty.”

98. “Shine like the whole universe is yours.”

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

100. “The universe and the light of the stars come through me.”

101. “Keep walking, though there’s no place to get to. Don’t try to see through the distances. That’s not for human beings. Move within, But don’t move the way fear makes you move.”

102. “Behind every atom of this world hides an infinite Universe.”

103. “What is the body? That shadow of a shadow of your love, that somehow contains the entire universe.”

104. “Do you know what you are? You are a manuscript of a divine letter. You are a mirror reflecting a noble face. This universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you are already that.”

105. “The soul is here for its own joy.”

106. “O, happy the soul that saw its own faults.”

107. “Let go of your mind and then be mindful. Close your ears and listen.”

108. “All your anxiety is because of your desire for harmony. Seek disharmony, then you will gain peace.”

109. “Anything which is more than our necessity is poison. It may be power, wealth, hunger, ego, greed, laziness, love, ambition, hate or anything.”

110. “If the light is in your heart, you will find your way home.”

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

112. “Whether one moves slowly or with speed, the one who is a seeker will be a finder.”

113. “Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.”

114. “Anyone who genuinely and consistently with both hands looks for something will find it.”

115. “When I am silent, I fall into the place where everything is music.”

116. “Whoever travels without a guide, needs two hundred years for a two-day journey.”

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

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

119. “Everything that is made beautiful and fair and lovely is made for the eye of one who sees.”

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

121. “You are not meant for crawling, so don’t. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly.”

122. “You are not one you are a thousand. Just light your lantern.”

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

124. “But listen to me. For one moment quit being sad. Hear blessings dropping their blossoms around you.”

125. “If the light is in your heart, you will find your way home.”

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