Be aware of your own worth, use all of your power to achieve it. Create an ocean from a dewdrop. Do not beg for light from the moon, obtain it from the spark within you.

— Muhammad Iqbal

The most wonderful Muhammad Iqbal quotes that are proven to give you inner joy

People who have no hold over their process of thinking are likely to be ruined by liberty of thought. If thought is immature, liberty of thought becomes a method of converting men into animals.


From your past emerges the present, and from the present is born your future.


Life is a struggle and not a matter of privilege.

It is nothing but one's knowledge of the temporal and the spiritual world.


When the thinking of a people becomes corrupt, the pure silver becomes impure in its hands.


I lead no party; I follow no leader. I have given the best part of my life to careful study of Islam, its law and polity, its culture, its history and its literature.


It is true that we are made of dust. And the world is also made of dust. But the dust has motes rising.


The intellect of two thousand asses cannot bring forth a single man's thought.


Preserve your history and become everlasting; receive new life from the times that have gone by.


Become dust - and they will throw thee in the air; Become stone - and they will throw thee on glass.


Vision without power does bring moral elevation but cannot give a lasting culture.


The ultimate aim of the ego is not to see something, but to be something.


Human intellect is natures attempt at self criticism


About Muhammad Iqbal

Quotes 89 sayings
Nationality Pakistani
Profession Poet
Birthday October 16

A wrong concept misleads the understanding;

a wrong deed degrades the whole man, and may eventually demolish the structure of the human ego.


Unbeliever is he who follows predestination even if he be Muslim, Faithful is he, if he himself is the Divine Destiny.


Why should I ask the wise men: Whence is my beginning? I am busy with the thought: Where will be my end?


The immediacy of mystic experience simply means that we know God just as we know other objects. God is not a mathematical entity or a system of concepts mutually related to one another and having no reference to experience.


The wing of the Falcon brings to the king, the wing if the crow brings him to the cemetery.


Rise above sectional interests and private ambitions.

.. Pass from matter to spirit. Matter is diversity; spirit is light, life and unity.


I am a hidden meaning made to defy. The grasp of words, and walk away With free will and destiny. As living, revolutionary clay.


let this be our beautiful departure from stagnation;

let our minds come alive; enter another dimension; go beyond the stars eagerly struggling to find that... which our naked eyes did not know existed; rise like a falcon born to soar and not be alone but be present amongst others.


I would like to see the Punjab, North-West Frontier Province, Sind and Baluchistan amalgamated into a single State. Self-government within the British Empire, or without the British Empire, the formation of a consolidated North-West Indian Muslim State appears to me to be the final destiny of the Muslims, at least of North-West India.


Destiny is the prison and chain of the ignorant.

Understand that destiny like the water of the Nile: Water before the faithful, blood before the unbeliever.


The spirit of philosophy is one of free inquiry.

It suspects all authority. Its function is to trace the uncritical assumptions of human thought to their hiding places, and in this pursuit it may finally end in denial or a frank admission of the incapacity of pure reason to reach the ultimate reality.


We have strayed away from God, and He is in quest of us;

Like us, He is humble and is a prisoner of desire: He is hidden in every atom, and yet is a stranger to us: He is revealed in the moonlight, and in the embrace of houses.


Indeed, in view of its function, religion stands in greater need of a rational foundation of its ultimate principles than even the dogmas of science.


The thought of a limit to perceptual space and time staggers the mind.


Be not entangled in this world of days and nights; Thou hast another time and space as well.


Conduct, which involves a decision of the ultimate fate of the agent cannot be based on illusions.


The Westerners have lost the vision of heaven, they go hunting for the pure spirit in the belly. The pure soul takes not color and scent from the body, and Communism has nothing to do save with the body.


The Ego is partly free. partly determined, and reaches fuller freedom by approaching the Individual who is most free: God.


But only a brief moment is granted to the brave one breath or two, whose wage is the long nights of the grave.


The standpoint of the man who relies on religious experience for capturing Reality must always remain individual and incommunicable.


Since love first made the breast an instrument Of fierce lamenting, by its flame my heart Was molten to a mirror, like a rose I pluck my breast apart, that I may hang This mirror in your sight.


That is why, according to this newer psychology, Christianity has already fulfilled its biological mission, and it is impossible for the modern man to understand its original significance.


Thus passing through the infinite varieties of space we reach the Divine space which is absolutely free from all dimensions and constitutes the meeting point of all infinities.


But inner experience is only one source of human knowledge.


Physiologically less violent and psychologically more suitable to a concrete type of mind.


The ultimate purpose of religious life is to make this evolution move in a direction far more important to the destiny of the ego than the moral health of the social fabric which forms his present environment.


But the universe, as a collection of finite things, presents itself as a kind of island situated in a pure vacuity to which time, regarded as a series of mutually exclusive moments, is nothing and does nothing.


The truth is that the religious and the scientific processes, though involving different methods, are identical in their final aim. Both aim at reaching the most real.


The revealed and mystic literature of mankind bears ample testimony to the fact that religious experience has been too enduring and dominant in the history of mankind to be rejected as mere illusion. There seems to be no reason, then, to accept the normal level of human experience as fact and reject its other levels as mystical and emotional.


In the first period religious life appears as a form of discipline which the individual or a whole people must accept as an unconditional command without any rational understanding of the ultimate meaning and purpose of that command.


It may, however, be said that the level of experience to which concepts are inapplicable cannot yield any knowledge of a universal character, for concepts alone are capable of being socialized.


If the object of poetry is, to make men, then poetry is the heir of prophecy.


It is the nature of the self to manifest itself, In every atom slumbers the might of the self.


I have seen the movement of the sinews of the sky, And the blood coursing in the veins of the moon.


Plants and minerals are bound to predestination. The faithful is only bound to the Divine orders.


Divine life is in touch with the whole universe on the analogy of the soul's contact with the body.


The possibility of a scientific treatment of history means a wider experience, a greater maturity of practical reason, and finally a fuller realization of certain basic ideas regarding the nature of life and time.