Everyone is overridden by thoughts;
that's why they have so much heartache and sorrow.
At times I give myself up to thought purposefully;
but when I choose,
I spring up from those under its sway.
I am like a high-flying bird,
and thought is a gnat:
how should a gnat overpower me?
'Jewels of Remembrance: A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance Containing 365 Selections from the Wisdom of Rumi'
by Jelaluddin Rumi (Author), Kabir Helminski (Author, Translator), Camille Adams Helminski (Author, Translator)
Jewels of Remembrance presents 365 concise selections from Rumi's Mathnawi, one of the world's greatest spiritual masterpieces, in a translation that touches the heart and mind. In these passages Rumi explores and celebrates the qualities of truth, beauty, generosity, forgiveness, strength, compassion, purity, gratitude, and patience—always patience, for as Rumi says, "Patience is the key to joy."