“You were born with greatness”, says one of Rumi’s quotes, suitable to be remembered on a birthday. This really important Persian poet of the 13th century has written in many languages of the era, including his mother Persian, Turkish, Arabic & Greek, and has been a major influence on Persian, but also Turkish, Ottoman Turkish, Azerbaijani, Punjabi and Hindi literature.
His words of wisdom echo in eternity and the reason why we love his quotes so much is the simple -but never simplistic- approach on life, on something equally simple but immensely important as existence itself. This is why we often find this strong connection between Rumi’s quotes and birthdays: they are both a celebration of being a human and living on this Earth. Enjoy and share!
Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself.
Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.
I closed my mouth and spoke to you in a hundred silent ways.
Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.
I want to know the joy of how you whisper “More”.
I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.
If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?
Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
Put your thoughts to sleep, do not let them cast a shadow over the moon of your heart. Let go of thinking.
Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.
Reason is powerless in the expression of love.
Respond to every call that excites your spirit.
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep.
The cure for pain is in the pain.
What you seek is seeking you.
When you feel a peaceful joy, that’s when you are near truth.
Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.
You are a mirror reflecting a noble face. This universe is not outside of you.
You were born with potential. You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness. You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don’t. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly.
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