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340 Rumi Quotes on Life and Love to Feed Your Soul

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

4. “You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”

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

6. “Our greatest strength lies in the gentleness and tenderness of our heart.”

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

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

9. “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.”

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

11. “Don’t get lost in your pain, know that one day your pain will become your cure.”

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

13. “What matters is how quickly you do what your soul directs.”

14. “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.”

15. “Whatever happens, just keep smiling and lose yourself in love.”

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

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

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

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

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

21. “Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”

22. “What you seek is seeking you.”

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

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

25. “Let your teacher be love itself.”

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

27. “Look at the moon in the sky, not the one in the lake.”

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

29. “Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love.”

30. “Beyond the rightness or wrongness of things there is a field, I’ll meet you there.”

31. “Hardship may dishearten at first, but every hardship passes away. All despair is followed by hope; all darkness is followed by sunshine.”

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

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

34. “When you seek love with all your heart you shall find its echo in the universe.”

35. “Only from the heart can you touch the sky.”

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

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

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

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

40. “Close your eyes, fall in love, stay there.”

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

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

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

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

45. “If you wish to be a mine of jewels, open the deep ocean within your heart.”

46. “You have within you more love than you could ever understand.”

47. “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.”

48. “Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and twice as beautiful as you’d ever imagined.”

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

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

51. “The very center of your heart is where life begins. The most beautiful place on earth.”

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

53. “Don’t make yourself miserable with what is to come or not to come.”

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

55. “Keep your intelligence white-hot and your grief glistening so your life will stay fresh.”

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

57. “Joy lives concealed in grief.”

58. “Make peace with the universe. Take joy in it.”

59. “We love that’s why life is full of so many wonderful gifts.”

60. “This sky where we live is no place to lose your wings so love, love, love.”

61. “If you want to be more alive, love is the truest health.”

62. “Every moment is made glorious by the light of love.”

63. “Take someone who doesn’t keep score, who’s not looking to be richer, or afraid of losing, who has not the slightest interest even in his own personality—he’s free.”

64. “A thousand half loves must be forsaken to take one whole heart home.”

65. “When we practice loving kindness and compassion, we are the first ones to profit.”

66. “Now I am sober and there’s only the hangover and the memory of love.”

67. “Why ever talk of miracles when you are destined to become infinite love.”

68. “If you love someone, you are always joined with them in joy, in absence, in solitude, in strife.”

69. “If destiny comes to help you, love will come to meet you. A life without love isn’t a life.”

70. “Whoever finds love beneath hurt and grief disappears into emptiness with a thousand new disguises.”

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

72. “If I love myself, I love you. If I love you, I love myself.”

73. “Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.”

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

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

76. “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.”

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

78. “The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.”

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

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

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

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

83. “Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction.”

84. “Whatever purifies you is the right path, I will not try to define it.”

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

86. “Always search for your innermost nature in those you are with, as rose oil imbibes from roses.”

87. “Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.”

88. “The garden of the world has no limits except in your mind.”

89. “Be empty of worrying. Think of who created thought!”

90. “When you lose all sense of self, the bonds of a thousand chains will vanish.”

91. “Peaceful is the one who’s not concerned with having more or less. Unbound by name and fame, he is free from sorrow from the world and mostly from himself.”

92. “Listen with ears of tolerance! See through the eyes of compassion! Speak with the language of love.”

93. “Reason is powerless in the expression of love.”

94. “To praise the sun is to praise your own eyes.”

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

96. “Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.”

97. “If you want to win hearts, sow the seeds of love. If you want heaven, stop scattering thorns on the road.”

98. “Clean out your ears, don’t listen for what you already know.”

99. “I have neither a soul nor a body, for I come from the very soul of all souls.”

100. “Suffering is a gift; in its hidden mercy.”

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

102. “Silence gives answers.”

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

104. “Let silence take you to the core of life.”

105. “A wealth you cannot imagine flows through you. Do not consider what strangers say. Be secluded in your secret heart house, that bowl of silence.”

106. “Stop, open up, surrender the beloved blind silence. Stay there until you see you’re looking at the light with infinite eyes.”

107. “Keep silent, because the world of silence is a vast fullness.”

108. “The whole universe is contained within a single human being—you.”

109. “The beauty you see in me is a reflection of you.”

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

111. “The sky will bow down to your beauty if you do.”

112. “Your heart is the size of an ocean. Go find yourself in its hidden depths.”

113. “Give yourself a kiss. If you want to hold the beautiful one, hold yourself to yourself.”

114. “Your radiance shines in every atom of creation yet our petty desires keep it hidden.”

115. “I looked in temples, churches, and mosques. But I found the divine within my heart.”

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

117. “By God, when you see your beauty you will be the idol of yourself.”

118. “Do you pay regular visits to yourself? Start now.”

119. “We are born of love; love is our mother.”

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

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

122. “Love is a river. Drink from it.”

123. “Be drunk with love, for love is all that exists.”

124. “On the path of love, we are neither masters nor the owners of our lives. We are only a brush in the hand of the master painter.”

125. “Love rests on no foundation. It is an endless ocean, with no beginning or end.”

126. “Someone who does not run toward the allure of love walks a road where nothing lives. But this dove here senses the love hawk floating above, and waits, and will not be driven or scared to safety.”

127. “This is what love does and continues to do. It tastes like honey to adults and milk to children.”

128. “Love is an open secret, the most obvious thing in the world and the most hidden, with no ‘why’ to how it keeps its mystery.”

129. “There is little one can say about love. It has to be lived, and it’s always in motion.”

130. “You cannot hide love, love will get on its way to the heart of someone you love far or near, it goes home to where it belongs to the heart of lovers.”

131. “Lovers have heartaches that can’t be cured by drugs or sleep or games, but only by seeing their beloved.”

132. “Your light is more magnificent than sunrise or sunset.”

133. “Silence is an ocean. Speech is a river. When the ocean is searching for you, don’t walk into the river. Listen to the ocean.”

134. “There is a moon inside every human being. Learn to be companions with it.”

135. “We can’t help being thirsty, moving toward the voice of water.”

136. “Wherever water flows, life flourishes—wherever tears fall, divine mercy is shown.”

137. “You have no need to travel anywhere. Journey within yourself. Enter a mine of rubies and bathe in the splendor of your own light.”

138. “Truth lifts the heart like water refreshes thirst.”

139. “When water gets caught in habitual whirlpools, dig a way out through the bottom of the ocean.”

140. “If you wish to shine like day, burn up the night of self-existence. Dissolve in the Being who is everything.”

141. “Love is the water of life, jump into this water.”

142. “Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others’ faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear.”

143. “I have found the heart and will never leave this house of light.”

144. “When you go through a hard period, when everything seems to oppose you when you feel you cannot even bear one more minute, never give up! Because it is the time and place that the course will divert!”

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

146. “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.”

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

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

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

150. “Get yourself out of the way, and let joy have more space.”

151. “Stay in the spiritual fire. Let it cook you.”

152. “Find the sweetness in your own heart, then you may find the sweetness in every heart.”

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

154. “Be kind and honest, and harmful poisons will turn sweet inside you.”

155. “The ground’s takes in our compost and grows beauty! Try to be more like the ground.”

156. “Pain is a treasure, for it contains mercies.”

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

158. “Come out of the circle of time and into the circle of love.”

159. “The moon stays bright when it doesn’t avoid the night.”

160. “Thankfulness brings you to the place where the beloved lives.”

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

162. “That moon which the sky never saw even in dreams has risen again.”

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

164. “May these vows and this marriage be blessed.”

165. “You’ve seen my descent, now watch my rising.”

166. “If you look too closely at the form, you’ll miss the essence.”

167. “You are the seeker, the goal, and seeking itself. Not only a part of them.”

168. “The rose’s rarest essence lives in the thorns.”

169. “Open your hands if you want to be held.”

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

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

172. “Be kind to yourself, dear, to our innocent follies. Forget any sounds or touch you knew that did not help you dance. You will come to see that all evolves us.”

173. “Dance until you shatter yourself.”

174. “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.”

175. “‎Dancing is not just getting up painlessly, like a leaf blown on the wind; dancing is when you tear your heart out and rise out of your body to hang suspended between the worlds.”

176. “We rarely hear the inward music, but we’re all dancing to it nevertheless.”

177. “In order to understand the dance one must be still. And in order to truly understand stillness one must dance.”

178. “Dance, and make joyous the love around you. Dance and your veils which hide the light shall swirl in a heap at your feet.”

179. “Listen to the unstruck sounds, and what sifts through that music.”

180. “There are many ways to the Divine. I have chosen the ways of song, dance, and laughter.”

181. “A divine dance appears in the soul and the body at the time of peace and union. Anyone can learn the dance, just listen to the music.”

182. “I am a drunkard from another kind of tavern. I dance to a silent tune. I am the symphony of stars.”

183. “Dance where you can break yourself up to pieces and totally abandon your worldly passions.”

184. “We came whirling out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust. The stars made a circle, and in the middle, we dance.”

185. “The morning wind spreads its fresh smell. We must get up and take that in, that wind that lets us live. Breathe before it’s gone.”

186. “Why should I be unhappy? Every parcel of my being is in full bloom.”

187. “Look past your thoughts, so you may drink the pure nectar of this moment.”

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

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

190. “I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.”

191. “Don’t sit and wait. Get out there, feel life. Touch the sun, and immerse in the sea.”

192. “Today, let us swim wildly, joyously in gratitude.”

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

194. “People want you to be happy, don’t keep serving them your pain.”

195. “If you are seeking, seek us with joy. For we live in the kingdom of joy. Do not give your heart to anything else but to the love of those who are seeker clear joy. Do not stray into the neighborhood of despair for there are hopes—they are real, they exist. Do not go in the direction of darkness. I tell you—suns exist.”

196. “Be soulful. Be kind. Be in love.”

197. “Either give me more wine or leave me alone.”

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

199. “Conventional opinion is the ruin of our souls.”

200. “With life as short as a half-taken breath, don’t plant anything but love.”

201. “You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.”

202. “In the blackest of your moments, wait with no fear.”

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

204. “Gamble everything for love, if you are a true human being. Half-heartedness doesn’t reach into majesty.”

205. “Everyone is overridden by thoughts; that’s why they have so much heartache and sorrow.”

206. “Caught by our own thoughts, we worry about everything.”

207. “In every religion there is love, yet love has no religion.”

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

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

210. “When will you begin that long journey into yourself?”

211. “Everything you possess of skill, and wealth, and handicraft, wasn’t it first merely a thought and a quest?”

212. “The soul has been given its own ears to hear things mind does not understand.”

213. “I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my soul.”

214. “Every moment, a voice, out of this world, calls on our soul, to wake up and rise.”

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

216. “My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there.”

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

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

219. “Let’s rise above this animalistic behavior and be kind to one another.”

220. “Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.”

221. “Be a helpful friend, and you will become a green tree with always new fruit, always deeper journeys into love.”

222. “Stay with friends who support you in these. Talk with them about sacred texts, and how you are doing, and how they are doing, and keep your practices together.”

223. “If you are looking for a friend who is faultless, you will be friendless.”

224. “A warm, rainy day; this is how it feels when friends get together. Friend refreshes friend then, as flowers do each other, in a spring rain.”

225. “Friend, our closeness is this—anywhere you put your foot, feel me in the firmness under you.”

226. “Friendship of the wise is good; a wise enemy is better than a foolish friend.”

227. “There is nothing I want but your presence. In friendship, time dissolves.”

228. “My friend, the Sufi is the friend of the present moment. To say tomorrow is not our way.”

229. “Do good to the people for the sake of God or for the peace of your own soul that you may always see what is pure and save your heart from the darkness of hate.”

230. “Why should I be weary when every cell of my body is bursting with life?”

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

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

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

234. “All people on the planet are children, except for a very few. No one is grown up except those free of desire.”

235. “The moment you accept what troubles you’ve been given, the door will open.”

236. “Free yourself from your own thoughts.”

237. “Giving thanks for abundance is sweeter than the abundance itself.”

238. “I want to be where your barefoot walks because maybe before you step, you’ll look at the ground. I want that blessing.”

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

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

241. “Let us carve gems out of our stony hearts and let them light our path to love.”

242. “Join the community of saints and know the delight of your own soul. Enter the ruins of your heart and learn the meaning of humility.”

243. “That which God said to the rose, and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty, he said to my heart, and made it a hundred times more beautiful.”

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

245. “It is certain that an atom of goodness on the path of faith is never lost.”

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

247. “Don’t dismiss the heart, even if it’s filled with sorrow. God’s treasures are buried in broken hearts.”

248. “Knock, and He’ll open the door. Vanish, and He’ll make you shine like the sun. Fall, and He’ll raise you to the heavens. Become nothing, and He’ll turn you into everything.”

249. “Whenever sorrow comes, be kind to it. For God has placed a pearl in sorrow’s hand.”

250. “God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites so that you will have two wings to fly, not one.”

251. “Prayer clears the mist and brings back peace to the soul.”

252. “Don’t be sad! Because God sends hope in the most desperate moments. Don’t forget, the heaviest rain comes out of the darkest clouds.”

253. “To become spiritual, you must die to self, and come alive in the Lord. Only then will the mysteries of God fall from your lips. To die to self through self-discipline causes suffering but brings you everlasting life.”

254. “You have forgotten the One who doesn’t care about ownership, who doesn’t try to turn a profit from every human exchange.”

255. “Each moment contains a hundred messages from God.”

256. “Ways of worshipping are not to be ranked as better or worse than one another, it’s all praise, and it’s all right.”

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

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

259. “A pen went scribbling along. When it tried to write love, it broke.”

260. “They say there is a doorway from heart to heart, but what is the use of a door when there are no walls?”

261. “Death has nothing to do with going away. The sun sets. The moon sets. But they are not gone.”

262. “Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots.”

263. “Enough of words. Come to me without a sound.”

264. “When the light returns to its source, it takes nothing of what it has illuminated.”

265. “Not only the thirsty seek the water, the water as well seeks the thirsty.”

266. “This is a subtle truth. Whatever you love you are.”

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

268. “Love said to me, there is nothing that is not me. Be silent.”

269. “The angel is free because of his knowledge, the beast because of his ignorance. Between the two remains the son of man to struggle.”

270. “Every need brings what’s needed. Pain bears its cure like a child. Having nothing produces provisions. Ask a difficult question, and the marvelous answer appears.”

271. “The heart has its own language. The heart knows a hundred thousand ways to speak.”

272. “Seek the sound that never ceases. Seek the sun that never sets.”

273. “Inside any deep asking is the answering.”

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

275. “Discard yourself and thereby regain yourself. Spread the trap of humility and ensnare love.”

276. “My words are like a ship, and the sea is their meaning. Come to me and I will take you to the depths of spirit.”

277. “There is no salvation for the soul but to fall in love. Only lovers can escape out of these two worlds.”

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

279. “Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself.”

280. “There are two who are never satisfied—the lover of the world and the lover of knowledge.”

281. “The world is a mountain, in which your words are echoed back to you.”

282. “All that you think is rain is not. Behind the veil angels sometimes weep.”

283. “The time has come to turn your heart into a temple of fire.”

284. “Wisdom tells us we are not worthy; love tells us we are. My life flows between the two.”

285. “Poetry can be dangerous, especially beautiful poetry because it gives the illusion of having had the experience without actually going through it.”

286. “I have no companion but love. No beginning, no end, no dawn. The soul calls from within me, ‘You, ignorant of the way of love, set me free.’”

287. “The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep.”

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

289. “To love is human. To feel pain is human. Yet to still love despite the pain is pure angel.”

290. “We often need to be refreshed.”

291. “One of the marvels of the world—the sight of a soul sitting in prison with the key in its hand.”

292. “The fault is in the one who blames. Spirit sees nothing to criticize.”

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

294. “The lion is most handsome when looking for food.”

295. “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.”

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

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

298. “There is a basket of fresh bread on your head, yet you go door to door asking for crusts.”

299. “That which is false troubles the heart, but truth brings joyous tranquility.”

300. “Everything is emptiness. Everything else, accidental. Emptiness brings peace to your loving. Everything else, disease. In this world of trickery, emptiness is what your soul wants.”

301. “My dear heart, never think you are better than others. Listen to their sorrows with compassion. If you want peace, don’t harbor bad thoughts, do not gossip, and don’t teach what you do not know.”

302. “Tend to your vital heart, and all that you worry about will be solved.”

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

304. “My head is bursting with the joy of the unknown. My heart is expanding a thousandfold.”

305. “Do not worry if all the candles in the world flicker and die. We have the spark that starts the fire.”

306. “If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.”

307. “Observe the wonders as they occur around you. Don’t claim them. Feel the artistry moving through and be silent.”

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

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

310. “Travelers, it is late. Life’s sun is going to set. During these brief days that you have strength, be quick and spare no effort of your wings.”

311. “When I am with you, we stay up all night. When you’re not here, I can’t go to sleep.”

312. “I am yours. Don’t give myself back to me.”

313. “I want your sun to reach my raindrops, so your heat can raise my soul upward like a cloud.”

314. “I am filled with you. Skin, blood, bone, brain, and soul. There’s no room for lack of trust or trust. Nothing in this existence but that existence.”

315. “There is a path from me to you that I am constantly looking for.”

316. “Your magnificence has made me wonder. Your charm has taught me the way of love.”

317. “The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.”

318. “I once had a thousand desires. But in my one desire to know you all else melted away.”

319. “Study me as much as you like, you will never know me. For I differ a hundred ways from what you see me to be.”

320. “In your light, I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.”

321. “This is love—to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.”

322. “The spirit is so near that you can’t see it! But reach for it. Don’t be a jar, full of water, whose rim is always dry. Don’t be the rider who gallops all night and never sees the horse that is beneath him.”

323. “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?”

324. “We may know who we are or we may not. We may be Muslims, Jews, or Christians but until our hearts become the mold for every heart we will see only our differences.”

325. “Would you become a pilgrim on the road of love? The first condition is that you make yourself humble as dust and ashes.”

326. “Let the lover be disgraceful, crazy, absentminded. Someone sober will worry about things going badly. Let the lover be.”

327. “Although you see the pit, you cannot avoid it.”

328. “What? Are you still pretending you are separate from the beloved?”

329. “If the foot of the trees were not tied to the earth, they would be pursuing me. For I have blossomed so much, I am the envy of the gardens.”

330. “I should be suspicious of what I want.”

331. “This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor, welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”

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

333. “When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of distress and anxiety; if I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me, and without any pain. From this, I understand that what I want also wants me, is looking for me and attracting me. There is a great secret in this for anyone who can grasp it.”

334. “Sorrow. It pulls up the rotten roots so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.”

335. “Oh soul, you worry too much. You have seen your own strength. You have seen your own beauty. You have seen your golden wings. Of anything less, why do you worry? You are in truth the soul, of the soul, of the soul.”

336. “Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place.”

337. “Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn’t matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again, come, come.”

338. “There is one way of breathing that is shameful and constricted. Then, there’s another way—a breath of love that takes you all the way to infinity.”

339. “Since love has made ruins of my heart. The sun must come and illumine them. Such generosity has broken me with shame.”

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