Here is a compilation of quotes found on Fran’s website. They are missing the author and some quotation marks (tacky I know, I did it quickly) but most of them are Rumi and can be found on her site. Enrich yaself 🙂
“Important encounters are planned by the souls long before the bodies see each other.”
“If I had not created my whole world, I would certainly have died in other people’s.
“My mission, should I choose to accept it, is to find peace with exactly who and what I am. To take pride in my thoughts, my appearance, my talents, my flaws and to stop this incessant worrying that I can’t be loved as I am.”
“Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.”
“You think because he doesn’t love you that you are worthless. You think that because he doesn’t want you anymore that he is right – that his judgement and opinion of you are correct. If he throws you out, then you are garbage. You think he belongs to you because you want to belong to him. Don’t. It’s a bad word, ‘belong.’ Especially when you put it with somebody you love. Love shouldn’t be like that. Did you ever see the way the clouds love a mountain? They circle all around it; sometimes you can’t even see the mountain for the clouds. But you know what? You go up top and what do you see? His head. The clouds never cover the head. His head pokes through, because the clouds let him; they don’t wrap him up. They let him keep his head up high, free, with nothing to hide him or bind him. You can’t own a human being. You can’t lose what you don’t own. Suppose you did own him. Could you really love somebody who was absolutely nobody without you? You really want somebody like that? Somebody who falls apart when you walk out the door? You don’t, do you? And neither does he. You’re turning over your whole life to him. Your whole life, girl. And if it means so little to you that you can just give it away, hand it to him, then why should it mean any more to him? He can’t value you more than you value yourself.”
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
“You don’t find out you’re an artist because you do something really well. You find out you’re an artist because when you fail you have something within you – strength or belief or just craziness – that picks you back up again.
“We all cling to the past, and because we cling to the past we become unavailable to the present.
“Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance.
“Trust does not mean that everything will be alright.
Trust means everything is already alright.
“Let our hearts understand that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.
“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.
“There is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it’s better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you’re fighting for.
“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.
“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.
“Zen is not effort. Effort is tension, effort is work, effort is to achieve something. Zen is not something to achieve. You are already that. Just relax, relax so deeply that you become a revelation to yourself.
“It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn’t matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over.
“Accept all and build with the necessary few.”
“With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.”
“Many people have come and left, and it has always been good because they emptied some space for better people. It is a strange experience, that those who have left me have always left places for a better quality of people.
“Don’t worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?
“Don’t be worried, because that which can disappear is worth disappearing. It is meaningless to cling to it – it is not yours, it is not you.
“Each person comes into this world with a specific destiny. He has something to fulfill, some message has to be delivered, some work has to be completed.
“Many of the faults you see in others, dear reader, are your own nature reflected in them.
“And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth
“You owe me.”
Look what happens with a love like that.
It lights up the sky.
“Your whole idea about yourself is borrowed – borrowed from those who have no idea of who they are themselves.
Anything you lose comes round in another form.
“Millions of people have decided not to be sensitive. They have grown thick skin around themselves just to avoid being hurt by anybody.
“Why struggle to open a door between us when the whole wall is an illusion?”
The world will have you with your head in the clouds
Looking for happiness, completion, fulfillment,
Aching for that one thing to fill the void.
There’s a great satisfaction when you realize you need only exist
With your feet firmly planted on the ground,
Being here, present and alive
To feel whole
“You will either step forward into growth or back into safety.”
“See the light in others, and treat them as if that is all you see.”
But it is at great cost. Nobody can hurt them, but nobody can make them happy either.
When you start becoming open, both things become available: Sometimes it will be cloudy, and sometimes there will be sun. But if you remain closed off in your cave, then there is no cloud and no sun either. It is good to come out, to dance with the sun, and yes, sometimes to feel sad with the clouds too – and sometimes it will be very windy. When you come out of the cave, all things are possible, and one of the things is that people can hurt you … but that is only one of the things.
Don’t think about it too much, otherwise you will become closed again. There are millions of possibilities; think of those things too. You will be happier; you will be more loving. You will be more available, and other people will be more available to you. You will be able to laugh, you will be able to celebrate. There are a thousand and one possibilities. Why choose only one thing, that people will hurt you?”
“Don’t allow your wounds to transform you into someone you are not.
“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.
“Ever since your goal found out that you were traveling toward it, it has been running to meet you.
“Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates.
At the first gate, ask yourself, ‘Is it true?’
At the second ask, ‘Is it necessary?’
At the third gate ask ‘Is it kind?’