the loves of omar khayyam

“hello again! my last quotes post was pretty popular, so i thought this might be a good opportunity to introduce more people to the wonders of persian poetry. obviously they sound prettier in farsi, but the messages are wonderful nonetheless. i bought a few poetry collections while i was in iran in the summer so i’m just posting quotes from there, apologies if the translations aren’t perfect


“i wish i could show you when you are lonely or in the darkness the astonishing light of your own being”

“even after all this time the sun never says to the sky, ‘you owe me’, look what happens with a love like that. it lights the whole sky”

“the words you speak build the house you live in”

“stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive”

“an awake heart is like a sky that pours light”

“you yourself are your own obstacle, rise above yourself”


“you have escaped the cage. your wings are stretched out. now fly.”

“remember the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you”

“let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love”

“why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?”

“let the beauty we love be what we do”

“the wound is the place where the light enters you”

“if all you can do is crawl, start crawling”

“being a candle is not easy: in order to give light one must burn”

“the art of knowing is knowing what to ignore”

“with life as short as a half taken breath, don’t plant anything but love”

“i am neither of the east or of the west, no boundaries exist within my chest”

“every story is us”


“but all this world is like a tale we hear; men’s evil, and their glory, disappear”

“on the ant bearing the grain bring not strife, he is alive and joyous is sweet life”

“i am deathless… for i have spread the seed of the word”


“have patience. all things are difficult before the become easy.”

“a man is insensible to the relish of prosperity ‘til he has tasted adversity”

“if a gem falls into the mud it is still valuable”

attar of nishapur

“the sea will be the sea whatever’s the drop’s philosophy”

“he who would know the secret of both worlds, will find the secret of them both, is love”

omar khayyam

“a hair divides what is true and what is false”

“be happy for this moment. this moment is your life.”

“pass, therefore, not today in vain, for it will never come again”

“when i want to understand what is happening today or try to decide what will happen tomorrow, i look back”

“a thoughtful soul to solitude retires”

“one thing at least is certain- this life flies; one thing is certain and the rest is lies; the flower that once has blown forever dies”

بر چهره ی گل نسيم نوروز خوش است
بر طرف چمن روی دلفروز خوش است
از دی که گذشت هر چه گويی خوش نيست
خوش باش ومگوزدی که امروزخوش است

To the face of flower, the fresh breeze is pleasant
On fields of green, the enchanted one is pleasant
Whatever has passed, let it remain in the past
Be merry and do not speak of yesterday, for today is pleasant

Happy Nawruz :-)!

—  Omar Khayyam
It’s too bad if a heart lacks fire,
and is deprived of the light
of a heart ablaze.
The day on which you are
without passionate love
is the most wasted day of your life.
—  ― Omar Khayyam
It’s too bad if a heart lacks fire,
and is deprived of the light
of a heart ablaze.
The day on which you are
without passionate love
is the most wasted day of your life.
—  ― Omar Khayyam

Stormy sunset — Lake Tahoe (July 2014)

“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” —Omar Khayyam

These words help capture the incredible whirlwind of the past few weeks. Highlights involved cathartic summits, rooftops overlooking Manhattan, s’mores made on fire features, and hours of good-for-the-soul conversations with deep body-shaking laughter.

From the “mundane” to new experiences, there were constant reminders that time past and miles apart are no match for true connections and experiences together.

Grateful for profound examples that love is what matters and can really conquer all…even rainy, stormy afternoons!