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Muhammad Iqbal quotes

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

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

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.

Nations are born in the hearts of poets, they prosper and die in the hands of politicians.

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.

Islam is itself destiny and will not suffer destiny.

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.

God is not a dead equation!

Rise above sectional interests and private ambitions... Pass from matter to spirit. Matter is diversity; spirit is light, life and unity.

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

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

When truth has no burning, then it is philosophy, when it gets burning from the heart, it becomes poetry.

Man is primarily governed by passion and instinct.

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.

Words, without power, is mere philosophy.

But inner experience is only one source of human knowledge.

If faith is lost, there is no security and there is no life for him who does not adhere to religion.

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

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