3 Most Profound Rumi Quotes and Sayings

Hello there, I’m Clark. Rumi was a 13th century Persian poet and Islamic scholar. Some of his quotes I can listen to many times and still feel inspired each time. Sometimes a new and profound meaning comes to me when I hear it for the tenth time. Below I want to dissect and more importantly appreciate some of Rumi quotes and sayings that I found to be most profound. I will only focus on three, because then we can spend more time to go into and appreciate each one.

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

It has always been that when we change what’s inside of us our external circumstances will change to reflect that. If we are unhappy, angry, bored, lacking passion, pessimistic, etc., then our world would be just that – an unhappy world, an angry world, a boring life, a life without inspiration, a life full of pessimistic circumstances.

Trying to change the outer circumstances, often through words and actions, is hard, and usually does not bear fruit. Oftentimes it is extremely frustrating, because others have their own free will as well and might not agree with you every time. Sure, sometimes it works. If you’re the boss of several employees, then maybe they would do what you say without question for fear of offending you. But in my opinion it’s better to get the sincere co-operation of people rather than through money and power.

Try changing yourself. Think only pleasing thoughts for 24 hours and watch what happens. Think thoughts that make you feel good. Think happy, joyful thoughts. Think appreciative thoughts. Think enthusiastic thoughts. Think passionate thoughts. And think optimistic thoughts.

“Silence is the language of God. All else is poor translation.”

When I hear this, I immediately think of meditation, as well as Eckhart Tolle and what he included in his book The Power of Now. In meditation, we stop thinking, and when we do that we allow God (or whatever name we choose to give it) to flow into our consciousness and give us guidance. Rumi also said that all the inspiration we are looking for is already inside us, and we just need to be quiet and listen.

“The quieter we become the more we can hear”

This is related to the previous saying, but I love the two Rumi sayings so much that I want to highlight the two of them separately. I take quieter here to mean less thinking. When we think less, we stop worrying about the future. We are less anxious, we feel less stress. And we allow space for the divine to enter. Or perhaps we are able to hear them more clearly, because the space we previously used for thinking is now freed up. And thus, we can now more clearly hear or interpret the intuitions or inspirations that are being provided by God or the divine constantly.

What do you think?

So three of Rumi’s quotes and sayings that I have looked at and dissected here. Do you agree with my take on them? What are some of your favorite Rumi quotes? Let me know your questions and comments below, and we shall discuss! Thanks a lot, and I’ll see you around!

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2 thoughts on “3 Most Profound Rumi Quotes and Sayings”

  1. Hi Clark,
    This is my cup of tea. I have always meditated and been into these things. I so wish I knew all this from the time of my youth.
    Much blessings to you.

    • Thank you for your comment, and don’t regret things you didn’t know before. What’s important is you know all this now. Feel free to go through the rest of my site, I have written many articles that I’m sure you’ll like.


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