Rumi and Hafez

The Persian mystics and poets Rumi and Hafez have written some truly inspirational verses. We have included them in this website as a source of inspiration and wisdom for the True Seeker.

Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation.

The inspiration you seek is already within you. Be silent and listen.

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.

Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the World, today I am wise so I am changing myself.

The quieter we become, the more we can hear.

As you start to walk on the Way, the Way appears.

It’s your road and yours alone. Others may walk it with you but no one can walk it for you.

Raise your words not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.

See through the eyes of compassion, listen with ears of tolerance, speak with the language of love.

We carry inside the wonders we seek outside us.

Gratitude is the wine for the soul, go on get drunk.

Practice patience it is the essence of praise, have patience for that is true worship, no other worship is worth as much. Have patience, patience is the key to all relief.

Wisdom tells us we are not worthy, love tells us we are; my life flows between the two.

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, invite them in, be grateful for whoever comes, for each has been sent as a guide from beyond.

If you are looking for a friend who is faultless you will be friendless.

You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.

When you are everywhere you are nowhere, when you are somewhere you are everywhere.

The art of knowing is knowing what to ignore.

Whenever you are alone remind yourself that God has sent everyone else away for there is only you and Him.

Your task is not to seek for love but merely seek and find all the barriers you have built yourself against it.

Love is not written on paper for paper can be erased, nor is it etched on stone, for stone can be broken but it is inscribed on a heart for there it shall remain forever.

Appear as you are and be as you appear.

I love my friends neither with my heart nor with my mind, just in case heart might stop, mind might forget. I love them with my soul, the soul never stops or forgets.

Being desirable means being comfortable with your own ambiguity. The most ambiguous reality is that we are both flesh and Spirit at the same time.

Within everyone there is light and shadow, good and evil, love and hate. In order to be truthful you must embrace your total being. A person that exhibits both positive and negative qualities, strengths and weaknesses is not flawed but complete.

Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.

A candle never loses any of its light while lighting up another candle.

Do not look back, no one knows how the ever world began. Do not fear the future, nothing lasts forever. If you dwell on the past or future you will miss the moment.

Don’t get lost in your pain. Know that one day your pain will become your cure.

My dear heart, never think you are better than others. Listen to their sorrows with compassion.

If you want peace don’t habour bad thoughts , do not gossip and don’t teach what you do not know.

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

The mind says there is nothing beyond the physical world, the heart says there is. I have been there many times.

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.

Where the lips are silent the heart has a thousand tongues.

Whatever happens to you, don’t fall in despair. Even if all the doors are closed a secret Path will be there for you that no one knows. You can’t see it yet, but so many Paradises are at the end of this Path. Be grateful it is easy to thank after obtaining what you want. Thank before having what you want.

Silence gives answers.

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.

In every religion there is love, yet love has no religion.

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 were not meant for crawling, so don’t. You have wings so learn to use them and fly.

Last night I begged the Wise One to tell me the secret of the world. Gently, gently he whispered, the secret cannot be spoken; it is wrapped in silence.

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 bow of your heart, so that fresh green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so new roots hidden below have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.

When love is not accepted move on, when love is not appreciated walk away. Hopefully time will teach what real true love is.

You don’t live on the Earth, you are passing through it.

While the mind sees only boundaries, Love knows the secret way there.

What you are seeking is also seeking you.

I said what about my eyes, God said keep them on the road. I said what about my passion, God said keep it burning. I said what about my heart, God said tell me what you hold inside it. I said pain and sorrow. He said stay with it, the wound is the place where the Light enters you.

Many of the faults you see in others dear reader are your own nature reflected in them.

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

If you want money more than anything you will be bought and sold your whole life.

The eye goes blind when it only wants to see why.

When the World pushes you to your knees you are in the perfect position to pray.

Be patient where you sit in the dark, the dawn is coming.

Be foolishly in love, because love is all there is.

If words come out of the heart they will enter the heart.

Be a lamp or a lifeboat or a ladder. Help somebody’s soul heal, walk out of your house like a shepherd.

And don’t think the garden loses ecstasy in winter, it’s quiet but it’s roots are down there riotous.

The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart.

You have no idea how hard I have looked for a gift to bring you, nothing seemed right. What’s the point of bringing gold to the gold mine or water to the ocean. Everything I came up with was like taking spices to the Orient. It’s no good giving my heart and my soul as you already have these so I brought you a mirror. Look at Yourself and remember me.

Whenever we manage to love without expectations, calculations, negotiations, we are indeed in Heaven.

Do you know what you are? You are a manuscript of a divine letter, you are a mirror reflecting a noble face. This universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself, everything that you want, you are already that.

I always thought that I was me, but no, I was you and never knew it.

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

Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop. 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.

I am the dust in the sunlight, I am the ball of the Sun, I am the mist of the morning, the breath of the evening. I am the spark in the stone, the gleam of gold in the metal, the rose and nightingale drunk with its fragrance. I am the chain of being, the circle of spheres, the scale of creation. I am the rise and fall. I am what is and is not. I am the Soul in all.

You show your worth by what you seek.

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

When you feel peaceful joy, that’s when you are near truth.

Not the one speaking the same language, but the one sharing the same feeling understand each other.

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

To love is human, to feel pain is human, yet to still love despite pain is pure Angel.

Maybe you are searching among the branches for what only appears in the roots.

Happy is the moment we sit together with two forms, with two faces yet with one soul, you and I.

Every leaf that grows will tell you that what you sow will bear fruit, so if you have any sense my friend don’t plant anything but love.

What comes will go, what is found will be lost again, but what you are is beyond coming and going and beyond description.

Don’t grieve for what doesn’t come. Some things that don’t happen keep disasters from happening.

Be soulful, be kind, be in love, someday our souls will be one and our union will be forever.

I know that everything I give you comes back to me, so I give you my life hoping that you will come back to me.

Don’t sit and wait, get out there, feel life, touch the Sun and immerse in the sea.

If someone asks, but what is love; answer, dissolving the will.

Yesterday is gone and took away it’s tale, today we must live a fresh story again.

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

Why are you so enchanted by this world when a mine of gold lies within you.

Peaceful is the one who is not concerned with having more or less, unbound from name and fame he is free of sorrow from the world and mostly from himself.

Speak little, learn the words of Eternity, go beyond your tangled thoughts and find the splendor of Paradise.

This silence, this moment, every moment, if it is genuinely inside you, brings what you need.

There is nothing to believe. Only when I stop believing in myself did I come into this beauty.

Sit quietly and listen for a voice that will say be more silent, die and be quiet. Quietness is the sure sign that you’ve died. Your old life was a frantic running from silence. Move outside the tangle of fear thinking, live in silence.

Love is the sea where intellect drowns.

You think because you understand one, you must also understand two, because one and one make two. But you must also understand and.

I looked for God. I went to a temple and I didn’t find him there, then I went to church and I didn’t find him there, then I went to a mosque and I didn’t find him there. Then I finally looked into my heart and there he was.

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

Do you pay regular visits to yourself; start now.

This is now, now is all there is. Don’t wait for then, strike the spark, light the fire.

Whatever lifts the corners of your mouth, trust that.

It is love that holds everything together and it is everything also.

To me nothing is as precious as a genuine smile, especially from a child,

One of the marvels of the world: the sight of a soul waiting in prison with the key in its hand.

All religions all this singing one song; the differences are just illusion and vanity.

The sunlight looks a little different on this wall than it looks on that wall and a lot different on this other one but it’s still one light.

I want that love that moved the mountains. I want that love that split the ocean. I want that love that made the winds tremble. I want that love that roared like thunder. I want that love that will raise the dead. I want that love that lifts us to ecstasy. I want that love that is the silence of eternity.


I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.

Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living in better conditions.

Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you.

The place you are right now God circled on a map for you.

Even After All this time The Sun never says to the Earth, “You owe me.” Look What happens With a love like that, It lights the whole sky.