Are you following your passion?
Taking advice from friends can be hit-or-miss. Sometimes, your friends have been through what you’re going through and can share some awesome advice. But most times, their advice falls short of actually solving the problem.
Thankfully, when looking for quotes and poems to inspire you and motivate you in your everyday life, no one says it better than 13th-century poet, Muhammad Rumi.
A Persian mystic, Muslim poet and theologian, Rumi’s work has spanned the ages and he’s grown to be the most best-selling poet in the United States. His writing (which was originally dictated), is filled with poetry about love and joy, dealing with sadness, separation, and even facing death and uncertainty.
So it’s easy to see why, even still, people can relate to his words.
So, when you’re going through a rough patch in your life, or if you’re looking for a little strength and motivation to get through the day, read through and share these picks of the best quotes and poems by Rumi to give you inspiration.
1. Your passion is important.
“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” — Rumi
2. See the world as beautiful.
“Everything that is made beautiful and fair and lovely is made for the eye of one who sees.” — Rumi
3. Don’t get too down.
“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.” — Rumi
4. Look at the bigger picture.
“Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.” — Rumi
5. Let your passion motivate you.
“Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.” — Rumi
6. Women are more the artist than the work of art.
“Woman is a ray of God. She is not that earthly beloved: she is creative, not created.” — Rumi
7. Accept compliments more often.
“Your depression is connected to your insolence and refusal to praise.” — Rumi
8. Learn to love yourself.
“Why should I be unhappy? Every parcel of my being is in full bloom.” — Rumi
9. Don’t lie.
“That which is false troubles the heart, but truth brings joyous tranquility” — Rumi
10. Be free, live free.
“I am neither of the East nor of the West, no boundaries exist within my breast.” — Rumi
11. Help guide someone.
“Be a lamp, a lifeboat, a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.” — Rumi
12. Not everyone listens to be understanding.
“If people misunderstand you, do not worry…it is your voice that they hear, but what goes through their mind is…their own thoughts.” — Rumi
13. Be happy with your friends.
“At the end of my life, with just one breath left, if you come, I’ll sit up and sing.” — Rumi
14. Your healing starts with you being kind.
“The wound is the place where the light enters you.” — Rumi
15. You can’t listen if you’re busy talking.
“The quieter you become, you more you are able to hear.” — Rumi
16. Always follow your heart.
“Although the road is never ending, take a step and keep walking, do not look fearfully into the distance…on the path let the heart be your guide for the body is hesitant and full of fear.” — Rumi
17. Listen to your pain.
“The pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.” — Rumi
18. Cut off unhealthy ties.
“Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.” — Rumi
19. Improving yourself is important.
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” — Rumi
20. Follow your own path.
“Doing as others told me, I was blind. Coming when others called me, I was lost. Then I left everyone, myself as well. Then I found myself, myself as well.” — Rumi
21. Get advice from people in your situation.
“When setting out on a journey, do not seek advice from those who have never left home.” — Rumi
22. Your goals define you.
“You show your worth by what you seek!” — Rumi
23. Start somewhere.
“If all you can do is crawl, start crawling.” — Rumi
24. The quality of your words matter.
“Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” — Rumi
25. Love yourself and others.
“If you want the moon, do not hide from the night. If you want a rose, do not hide from the thorns. If you want love, do not hide from yourself.” — Rumi
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