And I am back with Favorite Quotes from a recently read book. This time I am going to share The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak. I used paper tagging method this time and damn it saved me so much time while I was looking up the quotes.
1- “Father, I am from a different egg than your other children. Think of me as a duckling raised by hens. I am not a domestic bird destined to spend his life in a chicken coop. the water that scares you rejuvenates me. For unlike you I can swim, and swim I shall. The ocean is my homeland. If you are with me, come to the ocean. If not, stop interfering with me and go back to the chicken coop.”
2- I hunt everywhere for a life worth living and a knowledge worth knowing. Having roots nowhere, I have everywhere to go (Shams of Tabriz)
3- No matter who we are or where we live, deep inside we all feel incomplete. It’s like we have lost something and need to get it back. Just what that something is, most of us never find out. And of thise who do, even fewer manage to go out and look for it.
4- East, west, south or north makes little difference. No matter what your destination, just be sure to make every journey a journey within. If you travel within, you’ll travel the whole wide world and beyond. (Shams of Tabriz)
5- For a new Self to be born, hardship is necessary. (Shams of Tabriz)
6- Just as clay needs to go through intense heat to become strong, Love can only be perfected in pain. (Shams of Tabriz)
7- The quest for Love changes us. There is no seeker among those who search for Love who has not matured on the way. The moment you start looking for Love, you start to change within and without. (Shams of Tabriz)
8- All I know is some people feed on the miseries of others and they don’t like it when there is one less miserable person on the face of the earth. (Desert Rose the Harlot)
9- I know you like cooking. Did you know that Shams says the world is a huge cauldron and something big is cooking in it? We don’t know what yet. Everything we do, we, or think is an ingredient in that mixture.
We need to ask ourselves what we are adding to the cauldron. Are we adding resentments, animosities, anger and violence? Or are we adding love and harmony?
How about you, dear Ella? What ingredients do you think you are putting in the collective stew of humanity? Whenever I think about you, the ingredient I add is a big smile. (Aziz)
10- It is easy to enjoy the good and dislike the bad. Anybody can do that. The real challenge is to love the good and the bad together, not because you need to take the rough with the smooth but because you need to go beyond such descriptions and accept love in its entirety.
11- There is only one more day before I meet my company. I cannot sleep.
Oh, Rumi! The king of the realm of words and meanings!
Will you know me when you see me?
12- Ella wondered if “space” was a code for a new love. … The speed with which human relations materialized and dissipated amazed Ella more than ever.
13- She (Ella) had discovered that once she accepted that she didn’t have to stress herself about things she had no control over, another self emerged from inside – one who was wiser, calmer and far more sensible.
“The fifth element,” she muttered to herself several times during the day. “Just accept the void!”
14- “I breathed into him of My Spirit,” God says. Each and every one of us without exception is designed to be God’s delegate on earth. Ask yourself, just how often do you behave like a delegate, if you ever do so? Remember, it falls upon each of us to discover the divine spirit inside and live by it.
15- Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi or zen. Not any religion or cultural system. I am not of the East, nor of the West…
My place is placeless, a trace of the traceless. (Rumi)
16- Love cannot be explained. It can only be experienced.
Love cannot be explained, yet it explains all.
17- The universe is one being. Everything and everyone is interconnected through an invisible web of stories. Whether we are aware of it or not, we are all in a silent conversation. Do no harm. Practice compassion. And do not gossip behind anyone’s back – not even a seemingly innocent remark! The words that come out of our mouths do not vanish but are perpetually stored in infinite space, and they will come back to us in due time. One man’s pain will hurt us all. One man’s joy will make everyone smile. (Shams of Tabriz)
18- Eternity does not mean infinite time, but simply timelessness.
19- If you want to experience eternal illumination, put the past and the future out of your mind and remain within the present moment.
20- I passed over recently harvested wheat fields, where the wind fluttered the head scarves of peasant girls and at night, fireflies glinted here and there like fairy lights. It felt like falling, except falling upward into the bottomless sky.
21- “In this world take pity on three kinds of people. The rich who has lost his fortune, the well-respected man who has lost his respectability, and the wise man who is surrounded by ignorants.” (Prophet Muhammad PBUH)
22- Nothing should stand between yourself and God. Not imams, priests, rabbis, or any other custodians of moral or religious leadership. Not spiritual masters, not even your faith. Believe in you values and your rules, but never lord them over others. If you keep breaking other people’s hearts, whatever religious duty you perform is no good.
23- Let God and only God be your guide. Learn the Truth, my friend, but be careful not to make a fetish out of your truths.
24- Every true love and friendship is a story of unexpected transformation. If we are the same person before and after we loved, that means we haven’t loved enough.
25- Whatever you see as profitable, flee from it!
Drink poison and pour away the water of life!
Abandon security and stay in frightful places!
Throw away reputation, become disgraced and shameless!
26- The world is erected upon the principle of reciprocity. Neither a drop of kindness nor a speck of evil will remain unreciprocated. Fear not the plots, deceptions, or tricks of other people. If somebody is setting a trap, remember, so is God. He is the biggest plotter. Not even a leaf stirs outside God’s knowledge. Simply and fully believe in that. Whatever God does, He does beautifully.
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