20 Love Quotes From Ancient Mystic Rumi That Are Crazy Beautiful

So timeless, they don't feel close to 800 years old.

Thirteenth Century mystic Rumi has taken the world by storm. But who is Rumi? When I first “found” him online, I thought he might be a young hip-hop artist or a yogi, but boy, was I wrong! 

Today, most people know about Rumi quotes through his love poems, but he's written bunches more. He composed over 75,000 verses of poetry in just 25 years ... eight centuries ago!

These Rumi love quotes talk to you like your BFF, whispers in your ear like a lover, and guide you like a guru. He's romantic. He's wise. And he does what I always want a man to do: he tells it like it is — but he digs deeper.

Bet you'd never catch Rumi holding a remote and scratching his belly. He understands what love, life, and spirituality are, and he doesn’t mind admitting it. His words pierce and open our hearts. They make us think without being so academic and high-brow.


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If you haven’t seen him yet, you will. For most women, he brings heaven to earth. He brings us together instead of tearing us apart. An extra bonus: In a day where there's so much conflict and fear, he talks about love and peace.

His words bridge our understanding of the Middle and Near East, and offer a glimpse at what most people who live there feel inside. 

Rumi knew what he was talking about because he lived it. Born wealthy and noble, he had a passionate, most unconventional two-year friendship with a mystic and wanderer named Shams, who was killed by his son in a fit of rage. These Rumi poems are his expression of his grief, as well as their mutual legacy.

Rumi might be so popular today because he was way before his time. More likely, he's simply timeless.

How much do I love Rumi? Let me count the ways with this little sampling of 20 of my favorite of Rumi love quotes about life, loss, relationships, and so much more. 

1.

"Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames."

2.

"Where there is ruin, there is hope for TREASURE."

3.

"Be empty of worrying. Why do you stay in prison when the door is so WIDE open?"

4.

"What matters is how quickly you do what your SOUL directs."

5.

"Lovers find SECRET places in this violent world where they make transactions with beauty."

6.

"A mountain keeps an ECHO deep inside. That's how I find your voice."

7.

"Only from the HEART can you touch the sky."

8.

"Out beyond the field of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you THERE."

9.

"Everything in the universe is within YOU. ASK all from yourself."


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10.

"Let yourself be drawn by the pull of that which you truly LOVE. It will never lead you astray."

11.

"When you feel a peaceful joy, that is when you are near the TRUTH."

12.

"Travel brings POWER and LOVE back into your life."

13.

"Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with their heart and soul there is no such thing as SEPERATION."

14.

"You think because you understand 'one' you must also understand two because 1 and 1 equals 2. But you must also understand 'AND.'"

15.

"People want you to be happy. If you could untie your wings and free your soul of jealousy, you and everyone around you would FLY UP like doves."

16.

"What do we do, when we don't see OURSELVES?"

17.

"When you do things from your SOUL, you feel a river moving you, a joy."

18.

"You have to keep breaking your heart until it OPENS."

19.

"You wander from room to room hunting for the diamond necklace that is ALREADY around your neck."

20.

"Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully BALANCED and coordinated as birds' wings."


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Connect with Kathy on her website. She is an author and coach who empowers families and gets people unstuck. She's recently finished a trilogy of novels on love, war, and peace in the Middle East.