Rumi was a 13th-century Persian poet and Islamic scholar whose beautiful words have transcended time, language, and cultures to bring people peace and understanding.
Though he wrote his works a long time ago, they’re still relevant to so many people today because of the truth they carry.
Here are some Rumi quotes that will speak to anyone who is feeling uneasy in these questionable times.
“What you seek is seeking you.”
It is a comforting fact to think that the things in life that you want are the things that you deserve—and they’re the same things that you will eventually find. You just have to have faith.
“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”
Everything you’ve ever needed to chase your dreams is inside of you! You’re made of all the same stuff as everything else in the universe, and that should make you feel powerful.
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
No one likes being in pain, but those tough times in life are always the ones that will teach us the most about ourselves and how to face the world.
“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”
Anything that you lose will come back to you, it might just be different than the way you left it. That’s just a sign of growth and knowing what’s good for you.
“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”
Don’t compare yourself to other people. We don’t know what’s going on in other people’s lives. The only person you should compare yourself to is your former self so you can learn from them.
“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
It’s simple, even though it sometimes seems so hard: do things that make you happy. When you do, other people are going to notice and they’ll wonder what your secret is.
“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”
Disagreements are never fun. We are so quick to rush to anger, but it never gets us anywhere, does it? Take time to cool off until you can talk things out.
“Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.”
When you meet someone you end up falling in love with, there is always this feeling that they’re someone you’ve already known forever. Maybe you did in a past life.
“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.”
You should always follow your dreams. It may not always seem like the practical thing to do, but that doesn’t matter because they’ll never really leave you. Better to fail a few times than to wonder “what if?”
“I want to sing like the bird’s sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.”
No matter what you say or do, there are going to be people who disagree with you, and they’ll probably let you know it. Don’t worry about them, because there will also be people who think you’re right.
“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames”
You need people in your life who are going to support you no matter what. The ones you keep close to you should help you feel strong, not exhaust you.
“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.”
It’s so hard to lose someone that we love, especially if we know we might not see them again. But we keep a part of everyone we love inside of us.
“Respond to every call that excites your spirit.”
If you feel something in your soul that you feel passionate about, you owe it to yourself to follow it. See what the world is calling you to do. See what it needs from you.
“These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.”
When we are suffering, it’s because we learning something. Change and growth are uncomfortable, but they have to be; otherwise, the lessons wouldn’t always stick. Lean into it and listen to what it has to teach.
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
Making the changes to yourself that you want to see in the world is one huge step in the right direction. The more at peace you are, the more peace you will bring into the world.
“Why should I be unhappy? Every parcel of my being is in full bloom.”
It can be easy to feel down, especially when life feels a little hopeless. But don’t let the bad times distract you from how much joy and promise there is in the world.
“I know you’re tired but come, this is the way.”
Don’t give up. Sometimes it’s going to feel like it’s impossible to go on, but that’s when you need to push yourself the most. You’ll have time to rest later—when you’ve crossed the finish line.
“Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor.”
If you believe that things will work out for you, they will. You have to put into the world what you want from it, or else you’re just going to get confusion and frustration.
“Seek the wisdom that will untie your knot. Seek the path that demands your whole being.”
Whatever you do, do it with all your heart. Your passion should be a part of your everyday life in some way or another, even if it’s just doing something simple for yourself every day.
“It’s your road, and yours alone, others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.”
It’s OK to want people to be there for you. We all need someone in our corner. But, at the end of the day, you are the one who needs to have your own back more than anyone else.