Hafez, the revered Persian poet of the 14th century, left an indelible mark on the world of literature with his divinely inspired verses that transcended time and culture. Often referred to as the "Tongue of the Unseen," Hafez's poetry delved deep into the realms of love, spirituality, and the human soul. His ghazals, marked by intricate rhyme schemes and metaphors, are a harmonious blend of mystical insights and earthly passions. Beyond their lyrical beauty, Hafez's verses carry layers of interpretation, acting as conduits for seekers of spiritual truths and poetic enthusiasts alike. His ability to unite the profane and the sacred, the transient and the eternal, endows his poetry with a universality that resonates through centuries. Hafez's tomb in Shiraz, Iran, remains a site of pilgrimage, a testament to his enduring influence as a poet whose words continue to inspire contemplation and evoke the essence of human existence.
I have learned so much from God that I can no longer call myself a Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim, a Buddhist, a Jew. The Truth has shared so much of Itself with me that I can no longer call myself a man, a woman, an angel, or even a pure Soul. Love has befriended me so completely it has turned to ash and freed me of every concept and image my mind has ever known.
Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive.
I once asked a bird, how is it that you fly in this gravity of darkness? She responded, 'love lifts me.'
I wish I could show you the astonishing light of your own being.
Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living in better conditions.
Your heart and my heart are very, very old friends.
What do sad people have in common? It seems they have all built a shrine to the past and often go there and do a strange wail and worship. What is the beginning of Happiness? It is to stop being so religious like that.
Be kind to your sleeping heart. Take it out into the vast fields of light...And let it breathe.
This place where you are right now, God circled on a map for you.
Run my dear, from anything that may not strengthen your precious budding wings. Run like hell my dear, from anyone likely to put a sharp knife into the sacred, tender vision of your beautiful heart.
The heart is a thousand stringed instrument that can only be tuned with love.
Do not surrender your grief so quickly Let it cut more deeply Let it ferment and season you As few human or divine ingredients can Something is missing in my heart tonight That has made my eyes so soft And my voice so tender And my need of God so absolutely clear.
Carry your heart through this world like a life-giving sun
What we speak becomes the house we live in.
When all your desires are distilled; You will cast just two votes: To love more, And be happy.
Now that all your worry has proved such an unlucrative business. Why not find a better job.
Love sometimes gets tired of speaking sweetly and wants to rip to shreds all your erroneous notions of the truth that make you fight within yourself, dear one, and with others, causing the world to weep on too many fine days... The Beloved sometimes wants to do us a great favor: Hold us upside down and shake all the nonsense out.
The small man builds cages for everyone he knows While the sage, who has to duck his head when the moon is low, Keeps dropping keys all night long For the beautiful rowdy prisoners.
We have come into this exquisite world to experience ever and ever more deeply our divine courage, freedom and light!
Love sometimes wants to do us a great favor: hold us upside down and shake all the nonsense out.
Let's get loose with Compassion. Let's drown in the delicious ambience of Love.
Now is the time to know that all that you do is sacred... Now is the time for you to deeply compute the impossibility that there is anything but grace.
The great religions are the ships, Poets the life boats. Every sane person I know has jumped overboard.
Start seeing everything as God, But keep it a secret
I should not make any promises right now, But I know if you pray somewhere in this world - Something good will happen."
"For I have learned that every heart will get what it prays for Most."
It is written on the gate of heaven: Nothing in existence is more powerful than destiny. And destiny brought you here, to this page, which is part of your ticket-as all things are-to return to God.
When you have found the courage to marry Love.
We are People who need to love, because Love is the soul's life, Love is simply creation's greatest joy.
Laugh because that is the purest sound.
The Earth would die if the sun stopped kissing her.
When you can make others laugh with jokes that belittle no one and your words always unite, Hafiz will vote for you to be God.
Sing because this is a food our starving world needs. Laugh because that is the purest sound.
Now is the time to understand That all your ideas of right and wrong Were just a child's training wheelsTo be laid aside When you finally live With veracity And love.
God disguised as myriad things, and playing a game of tag has kissed you and said, "You're it. I mean you're really it. Now it does not matter what you believe or feel. For something wonderful, something major-league wonderful, is someday going to happen."
An awake heart is like a sky that pours light.
Let tenderness pour from your eyes, the way sun gazes warmly on earth.
How did the rose ever open its heart and give to this world all of its beauty? It felt the encouragement of Light against its being; otherwise we all remain too frightened.
I am happy even before I have a reason.
What is this precious love and laughter budding in our hearts? It is the glorious sound of a soul waking up!
One regret dear world, that I am determined not to have when I am lying on my deathbed is that I did not kiss you enough.
Now is the time to know that all that you do is sacred.
I Have Learned so much from God That I can no longer call myself A Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim, A Buddhist, a Jew.
Greatness is always built on this foundation: the ability to appear, speak and act, as the most common man.
Oh, you who are trying to learn the marvel of Love through the copy book of reason, I'm very much afraid that you will never really see the point.
Join me in the pure atmosphere of gratitude for life.
Everyone Is God speaking. Why not be polite and Listen to Him?
For a day, just for one day, talk about that which disturbs no one and bring some peace into those beautiful eyes.
I caught the happy virus last night When I was out singing beneath the stars. It is remarkably contagious - So kiss me.
The beauty of You delights me. The sight of You amazes me. For the Pearl does this... and the Ocean does that.
Learn to recognize the counterfeit coins that may buy you just a moment of pleasure, But then drag you for days like a broken man behind a farting camel.
There is a madman inside of you who is always running for office.
People say that the soul, on hearing the song of creation, entered the body, but in reality the soul itself was the song.
Happiness is right in front of you.
Plant a Seed so your Heart will Grow.
This sky where we live is no place to lose your wings so love, love, love.
Light will someday split you open
Remember for just one minute of the day, it would be best to try looking upon yourself more as God does, for She knows your true royal nature.
Grieve not; though the journey of life be bitter, and the end unseen, there is no road which does not lead to an end.
Run my dear, from anything that may not strengthen your precious budding wings.
Think of suffering as being washed.
Pulling out the chair beneath your mind And watching you fall upon God What else is there for Hafiz to do that is any fun in this world!
Everyone, whether he is self-denying or self-indulgent, is seeking after the Beloved. Every place may be the shrine of love, whether it be mosque or synagogue.
Your life within God's arms, Your dance within God's arms, Is already Perfect!
You ache with loneliness one night so much you weep and I say 'here is a rope tie it around me Hafiz will be your companion for life'.
Time is a factory where everyone slaves away earning enough love to break their own chains.
God and I have built an immense fire together. We keep each other happy and warm.
Dear Ones, Beware of the tiny gods frightened men Create To bring anesthetic relief to their sad days
In time of trouble avert not thy face from hope, for the soft marrow abideth in the hard bone.
All these words are just a front. What I would really like to do is chain you to my body, then sing for days & days & days.
The only friends who are free from cares are the goblet of wine and a book. Give me wine...that I may for a time forget the cares of the world.
Only a Perfect One who is always laughing at the word two can make you know of Love.
We have not come here to take prisoners But to surrender ever more deeply To freedom and joy.
I do not feel like writing verses; but as I light my perfume burner with myrrh and jasmine incense, they suddenly burgeon from my heart, like flowers in a garden.
Only heart to heart can speak the bliss of mystic knowers.
I rarely let the word NO escape from my mouth, because it is so plain to my soul that God has shouted, Yes! Yes! Yes! To every luminous movement in existence.
How Do I Listen to others? As if everyone were my Master Speaking to me His Cherished Last Words.
True art awakens the extraordinary ovation.
Speak but little, and that little only when thy own purposes require it. Heaven has given thee two ears but only one tongue, which means: listen to two things, but be not the first to propose one.
Words have no language which can utter the secrets of love; and beyond the limits of expression is the expounding of desire.
You have actually waltzed with tremendous style, my sweet, O my sweet, crushed angel.
Your separation from God is the hardest work you will ever do.
Grieve not because thou understand-not life's mystery; behind the veil is concealed many a delight.
Love is simply creation's greatest joy.
Poetry reveals that there is no empty space.
There are different wells within your heart. Some fill with each good rain, Others are far too deep for that.
Come Dance with Me , come dance.
I am a hole in a flute that the Christ's breath moves through. Listen to this music.
There is no pleasure without a tincture of bitterness.
The world is a bride of surpassing beauty-but remember that this maiden is never bound to anyone.
Every desire of your body is holy.
We don't need sugar, flour or rice or anything else. We just want to see our dear ones.
Be content with what thou hast received, and smooth thy frowning forehead, for the door of choice is not open either to thee or me.
The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.- Robert Frost Now that all your worry has proved such an unattractive business - why not find a better job?
The Truth has shared so much of Itself with me That I can no longer call myself A man, a woman, an angel, Or even pure Soul.
Fear is the cheapest room in the house.
On the holy boughs of the Celestial Tree High up in the heavenly fields, Beyond terrestrial desire My soul-bird a warm nest has built.
How seek the way which leadeth to our wishes? By renouncing our wishes. The crown of excellence is renunciation.
The lips of the one I love are my perpetual pleasure.
If, like the prophet Noah, you have patience in the distress of the flood, Calamity turns aside, and the desire of a thousand years comes forth.
Come, for the House of Hope is built on sand: bring wine, for the fabric of life is as weak as the wind.
There is an ambush everywhere from the army of accidents; therefore the rider of life runs with loosened reins.
The earth has disappeared beneath my feet, It fled from all my ecstasy. Now like a singing air creature I feel the rose keep opening.
All your wounds from craving love exist because of heroic deeds."
I know you have a hundred complex cases against God in court, but never mind, let's just get out of this mess.
Tis writ on Paradise's gate, Woe to the dupe that yields to fate!
A poet is someone Who can pour Light into a spoon, Then raise it To nourish Your beautiful parched, holy mouth.
― Hafez Quotes
Tal Gur is an author, founder, and impact-driven entrepreneur at heart. After trading his daily grind for a life of his own daring design, he spent a decade pursuing 100 major life goals around the globe. His journey and most recent book, The Art of Fully Living, has led him to found Elevate Society.