I wonder what these people think this way of friendship with God is! He is God who created the heavens and the earth, and who made the universe come into existence. They think that His love is easy - as if they could just sit with Him, and they talk or listen. Do you think this is some kind of beef soup you can just take, drink up, and leave?
[Rumi’s Sun: The Teachings of Shams of Tabriz, tr. Refik Algan and Camille Adams Helminski]
What harm comes to the dervish [seeker] from the sourness of others? If the whole world were swallowed by the sea, what would it matter to a duck?
Sometimes a person may have a single shameful aspect, and yet it veils all of the person’s thousand positive qualities; what one needs is a single positive quality capable of veiling a thousand disgraceful aspects.
There is a kind of person who has no defects except that he is resentful; this state veils all of his positive qualities.