5 conflicting views on Rumi’s quotes

Rumi was a 13th-century Persian Sunni Muslim poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic who propagated a positive and peaceful approach towards life. His proverbs are widely quoted even today. But rational-minded thinkers of a much later era than Rumi seemed to have conflicting views on some of his preachings.

Here are 5 pairs of opposing quotes which stand testimony to this.

  1. “Ignorance is God’s prison” – Rumi

           “Ignorance is bliss” – Thomas Gray

  1. “Think less. Feel more” – Rumi

          “I think; therefore I am” – Rene Descartes

  1. “Your soul is more precious than anything” – Rumi

           “There is no God and there is no soul” – John Dewey

  1. “Anything you lose comes round in another form” – Rumi 

           “My good opinion, once lost, is lost forever” – Jane Austen 

  1. “Silence is the language of God”

          “To sin by silence when they should protest, makes cowards of men” – Abe Lincoln

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