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.
Intellect in its effort to explain Love got stuck in the mud like an ass. Love alone could explain love and loving.
If reason dominates in man, he rises higher than angels. If lust overpowers man, he descends lower than the beast.
Love possesses seven hundred wings, and each one extends from the highest heaven to the lowest earth.
To teach the evil-natured man knowledge and skill is to put a sword in the hand of a brigand.
Keep knocking and the joy inside will eventually open a window and look out to see who's there.
The testing of good and bad is in order that the gold may boil and bring the scum to the top.
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 be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you're not, pretend you are.
I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me.
If you can make a girl laugh, you can make her do anything.
Its better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what your not.
The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.