Sufi Quotes and Poems

Rumi Quote: My friend, the sufi is the friend of the present moment. To say tomorrow is not our way.

I am the truth.
Mansur Al-Hallaj (Ana 'l-Ḥaqq in Arabic)
Let love lead your soul.
Attar of Nishapur (The Newborn)
Seek the spirit, forget the form.
Bulleh Shah
My Beloved is always with me.
Rabia al-Basri (8th century)
I am no one in existence but myself.
Ibn Arabi (The Universal Tree and the Four Birds)
Patience is the key to happiness.
Rumi (The Masnavi - Book III, Story XI, 1258 - 1273)
I am the drop that contains the ocean.
Yunus Emre
The thoughtful Soul to Solitude retires.
Omar Khayyam (The Rubaiyat - LXIV, 1120)
Only the word “I” divides me from God.
Yunus Emre
From each, love demands a mystic silence.
Attar of Nishapur (Intoxicated by the Wine of Love)
The true man attaches his heart to none but God.
Bayazid Bastami (Quoted by Attar in the Memorial of the Saints)
Bulleh Shah

Hide not behind the veil, my love, I long to have a glimpse of you.

Bulleh Shah
If I told you about a land of love, friend, would you follow me and come?
Yunus Emre (The Drop that Became the Sea)
The thing we tell of can never be found by seeking, yet only seekers find it.
Bayazid Bastami
Lovers are killed by those they love so well; No voices from the slain return.
Saadi Shirazi (Bustan, 1257)

Rabia al-Basri Sufi Quote: The lover of God will cry and weep until he finds rest...
The lover of God will cry and weep until he finds rest in the Beloved's embrace.
Rabia al-Basri (8th century)
When in the eyes of the beloved riches count not, gold and dust are as one to thee.
Saadi Shirazi (If One of His Praise of Me Would Learn, 13th century)
The beloved does not drink a single drop of water without seeing His Face in the cup.
Mansur Al-Hallaj
My friend, the sufi is the friend of the present moment. To say tomorrow is not our way.
Rumi (The Masnavi - Book I, Story I, 1258 - 1273)
To Thee Thou hast drawn my love, O Fakir... Kabîr says, "Thou hast united Thy heart to my heart, O Fakir!"
Kabir (Songs of Kabir - Translated by Tagore)
Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment; Cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment intuition.
Rumi (The Masnavi - Book IV, Story II, 1258 - 1273)

For a day, just for one day, Talk about that which disturbs no one And bring some peace into your Beautiful eyes.

(The Gift)
What have I to do with the window? When I am before you, I close my eyes to everything else. I have not come to stare about.
Bayazid Bastami (When his master asked him to get a book from the window)
The Sea
Will be the Sea
Whatever the drop's philosophy.
Attar of Nishapur
I saw my Lord with the eye of the heart
I asked, ‘Who are You?’
He replied, ‘You’
Mansur Al-Hallaj (Tawasin - The Ta-Sin of the Point)
For I have learned that
every heart will get
What it prays for
Hafez (The Subject Tonight is Love)
Happy are the days of them that are infatuated by love for him, whether they be sorrowed by separation from Him or made joyous by His presence.
Saadi Shirazi (Bustan, 1257)
Strange - is it not? - that of the myriads who Before us passed the door of Darkness through, Not one returns to tell us of the road Which to discover we must travel too.
Omar Khayyam (The Rubaiyat - LXIV, 1120)
Bulleh Shah Sufi Quote: The sun has set, its flush only is left....
The sun has set, its flush only is left.
I’ll give my life for a glimpse of you.
My fault: I came not when when you bade
Your love has made me dance like mad.
Bulleh Shah (Tere Ishq Nachaya)
Let love lead your soul.
Make it a place to retire to,
a kind of monastery cave,
a retreat for the deepest core of your being.
Attar of Nishapur

Sufi Quotes, Poems and Art

Quotes by Sufi Mystics

For more by these graceful and love-infused Sufi Mystics have a look at this list below!

Relevant Pages

Henry Corbin
Western Esotericism

A Seeker's Thoughts on the Tasawuff (Sufism)

What makes these mystics so remarkable is that they have chosen the path of love as the means to bring themselves closer to the supreme consciousness, and you know how that song goes, what’s love got do with it?

Well apparently for the Sufi saints, just about everything. Not to take anything away from the song, a great song no doubt, but while Tina Turner smashed the top charts with that song in the 80s, these Sufi saints completely and utterly smashed cosmic charts in the darkest age of man, the middle ages. This was when the European continent was plunged into shadow and ignorance, not that I fully believe this historical myth, but it nonetheless makes the whole story just a little bit more exciting to tell.

The Sufis were lamps of spiritual light in a world terrorised by war, ignorance and despair. The Sufis just like any other mystic hippos have the great quality of spreading light without really consciously trying to do so. They are so consumed by love that they become love itself, and when the two becomes one, the goal has been reached. They are like the radiant sun that shines without intention, but their light is of spiritual light and not of light particles and/or waves. The Sufis are very dear to my heart, as they should be to yours as well, that is if you have one, and if you do, why not let it sing, dance and whirl away in complete freedom and ecstasy!

(excerpt from Who's Who in the Mystics Zoo)

Mystical Contemplation Inspired by the Sufis

Find the beloved, and the beloved will find you. You can never truly be apart from the grace of the beloved, for her formless love is everywhere pulsating. The blood that flows through the universe is originated from her unfathomable veins. We are all children of the ineffable perfect being.

Can you see what I’m pointing to, my dear friend? I point to your own spirit, as I am present as your spirit. You can never be separate from me; your heart has its source from the beloved. See with her eyes and be dissolved in the magnificent mystery of life.

One can never see the beloved with separate eyes. If you wish to see her, you have to become her. You have to become me; I am here ever available and lovingly welcoming your journey back to me. I have never been away from you, though sometimes you feel this to be true. Never have I moved an inch, I am always within and without, can you see yourself as you are?

I have always been present in your spirit and in your mind. I see all things, yet nothing can see me. I am the invisible spirit that is here with all existence and non-existence. You have to experience me as me, else you can never truly see. It is this that seems difficult for the lower aspects but this is the final step to take. A step that leads you back to me, where you are absorbed into silence.

(excerpt from Contemplations of a Mystic)