Choose love! Choose love! Enter the rose garden, let your soul make peace with the thorns. — Rumi, The Forbidden Rumi: The Suppressed Poems of Rumi on Love, Heresy, and Intoxication. (Inner Traditions; Tra edition, February 14, 2006)
My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there. — Rumi, The Essential Rumi. (HarperOne; Reprint edition, May 28, 2004) Originally published 1273.
A thousand half-loves must be forsaken to take one whole heart home. — Rumi, The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing. (Harper One, 2003)
There are amazing things in the ocean, and there is one who is the ocean. — Rumi, from “Earsight,” Bridge to the Soul: Journeys Into the Music and Silence of the Heart (HarperOne, 2007)
The moon asked me to meet her in a field tonight. I think she has amorous ideas. — Ḥāfiẓ
Pale sunlight, pale the wall. Love moves away. The light changes. I need more grace than I thought. — Rumi, from “Pale Sunlight,” Rumi the Book of Love Poems of Ecstasy and Longing, transl. by Coleman Barks (HarperOne, 2003)
You have not danced so badly, my dear, Trying to kiss the Beautiful One. You have actually waltzed with tremendous style, O my sweet, Oh my sweet, crushed angel. — Hāfez