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Brief author info: Rumi (1207-1273) Persian Sufi poet (Talil al-Din) One of most influential Sufi writers and leaders; known for mystic verses; founder of Mevlevi Order of dervishes. Born in Balkh; father was Sufi and famous preacher; family went into exile in Anatolia, where spent rest of his life. Upon meeting wandering dervish Shams al-Din of Tabriz, renounced Islamic religious sciences, founded Mevlevi order of dervishes. Most famous works include Divan-i Shams-i Tabriz, a group of ghazals (lyric poems), and Masnavi, a long religious poem that Persians call the "Persian Quran."
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A lover's life lies in death. You shall not find a heart without losing the heart.
Friendship of the wise is good; a wise enemy is better than a foolish friend.
If something makes you happy in this world, you should think of what will happen to you if that thing were taken away.
If reason dominates in man, he rises higher than angels. If lust overpowers man, he descends lower than the beast.
Intellect in its effort to explain Love got stuck in the mud like an ass. Love alone could explain love and loving.
Love possesses seven hundred wings, and each one extends from the highest heaven to the lowest earth.
Keep knocking and the joy inside will eventually open a window and look out to see who's there.
There cannot be self-restraint in the absence of desire: when there is no adversary, what avails thy courage? Hark, do not castrate thyself, do not become a monk: chastity depends on the existence of lust.
To teach the evil-natured man knowledge and skill is to put a sword in the hand of a brigand.
The testing of good and bad is in order that the gold may boil and bring the scum to the top.
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