Rumi

Every day I bear a burden, and I bear this calamity for a purpose:

Before the fattener-up of all who are lean, I drag this so emaciated body;Though they expel me from two hundred cities, I bear it for the sake of the love of a prince;Though my shop and house be laid waste, I bear it in fidelity to a tulip bed.God’s love is a very strong fortress;…

This is love: to fly to heaven, every moment to rend a hundred veils;

first step, to renounce feet;To disregard this world, to see only that which you yourself have seen I said,‘Heart, congratulations on entering the circle of lovers,‘On gazing beyond the range of the eye,on running into the alley of the breasts.’Whence came this breath, O heart?Whence came this throbbing, O heart?Bird, speak the tongue of birds:…

Reason says,

Love says,I will win him with my silence.Soul says,How can I ever win himWhen all I have is already his?He does not want, he does not worry,He does not seek a sublime state of euphoria –How then can I win himWith sweet wine or gold?He is not bound by the senses –How then can I…