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Top 75 Motivational Rumi Quotes to Empower Your Life

Jalal Uddin Rumi or just Rumi was a famous Persian mystic poet, Islamic scholar, and theologian in the 13th century.

He is well-known for being wise, powerful, and thought-provoking. Rumi’s work highlights the power of literature in its ability to transcend time, language and geographic locations. He left wonderful and influential words that portray and capture everyone’s journey in life.

If you’re feeling down and need some motivation, take a look at this collection of inspiring and motivational quotes from the greatest Persian poet – Jalal Uddin Rumi that will inspire you to observe the wonders of being alive while you live and surely turn around a bad day.

Top 75 Rumi Quotes

1.“Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor.”

2.“Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all of yourself.”

3.“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.”

4.“Travel brings power and love back into your life.”

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

6.“If you want money more than anything, you’ll be bought and sold your whole life.”

7.“When someone criticizes or disagrees with you, a small ant of hatred and antagonism is born in your heart. If you do not squash that ant at once, it might grow into a snake or even a dragon.”

8.“Don’t turn away. Keep your gaze on the bandaged place. That’s where the light enters you.”

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

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

11.“The result of my life is no more than three words: I was raw, I became cooked, and I was burnt.”

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

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

14.“Out beyond the ideas of wrongdoing and right doing, there is a field. I will meet you there.”

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

16.“The illuminated life can happen now, in the moments left. Die to your ego, and become a true human being.”

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

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

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

20.“All doubt, despair and fear become insignificant when the intention of life becomes love.”

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

22.“These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.”

23.“This place is a dream. Only a sleeper considers it real. Then death comes like dawn, and you wake up laughing at what you thought was your grief.”

24.“I want to sing like the bird’s sing, not worrying who listens or what they think.”

25.“The very centre of your heart is where life begins – the most beautiful place on earth.”

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

27.“Be grateful for your life, every detail of it, and your face will come to shine like a sun, and everyone who sees it will be made glad and peaceful.”

28.“Why are you so enchanted by this world, when a mine of gold lies within you?”

29.“Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.”

30.“Yesterday is gone and its tale told. Today, new seeds are growing.”

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

32.“The universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you already are.”

33.“Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. I have tried prudent planning long enough. From now on I’ll be mad.”

34.“On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty. Today is such a day.”

35.“Beauty surrounds us.”

36.“Sit quietly and listen for a voice that will say, ‘Be more silent.’ As that happens, your soul starts to revive.”

37.“Your breath touched my soul and I saw beyond all limits.”

38.“Never lose hope, my heart, miracles dwell in the invisible. If the whole world turns against you keep your eyes on the Friend.”

39.“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.”

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

41.“Love is the bridge between you and everything.”

42.“We carry inside us the wonders we seek outside us.”

43.“Know the true definition of yourself. That is essential. Then, when you know your own definition, flee from it.”

44.“Let the beauty we love be what we do.”

45.“Very little grows on jagged rock. Be ground. Be crumbled, so wildflowers will come up where you are.”

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

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

48.“Patience is the key to joy.”

49.“As you start to walk on the way, the way appears.”

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

51.“Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

58.“Don’t wait any longer. Dive into the ocean, leave and let the sea be you.”

59.“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 traveler, if you are in search of that, don’t look outside, look inside yourself and seek that.”

60.“Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.”

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

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

63.“Whoever has heart’s doors wide open, could see the sun itself in every atom.”

64.“When someone beats a rug, the blows are not against the rug, but against the dust in it.”

65.“There is a life in you, search that life, search the secret jewel in the mountain of your body.”

66.“Everything about yesterday has gone with yesterday. Today, it is needed to say new things.”

67.“Whenever they rebuild an old building, they must, first of all, destroy the old one.”

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

69.“Two there are who are never satisfied – the lover of the world and the lover of knowledge.”

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

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

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

73.“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”

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

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


It’s incredible to think that Rumi could cover so many topics in so few words and still inspire us today. He’s left behind a body of work that will inspire generations to come. Rumi’s quotes will transform your life for the better, they are based on love, hope, inspiration, and awakening.

May these words of wisdom inspire you to harness the power of positive thinking and open up your heart and mind to essential life values and the beauty that lies within you.

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