115 Best Rupi Kaur Quotes from the Author of Milk and Honey

Rupi Kaur is a renowned Canadian poet, illustrator and author, originally born in India.

She gained prominence through her compelling short visual poetry shared on Instagram and Tumblr.

Her poetic journey started with self-publishing her debut collection, “milk and honey” in 2014, followed by “the sun and her flowers” in 2017 and most recently “home body” in 2020.

Rupi Kaur

Her collections, selling over 8 million copies and translated into 42 languages, delve into themes of love, loss, trauma, healing, femininity and migration.

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Currently residing in Brampton, Ontario, Kaur’s work continues to influence and inspire globally.

Here is a collection of the best quotes by Rupi Kaur that you will enjoy.

Best Rupi Kaur Quotes


Fall in love with your solitude. ~ Rupi Kaur.


I am a museum full of art but you had your eyes shut. ~ Rupi Kaur.


If I’m not the love of your life, I’ll be the greatest loss instead. ~ Rupi Kaur.


Don’t mistake salt for sugar. If he wants to be with you, he will. It’s that simple. ~ Rupi Kaur.


We need more love not from men but from ourselves and each other. ~ Rupi Kaur.


The right one does not stand in your way they make space for you to step forward. ~ Rupi Kaur.


Don’t let us convince you that sacrificing yourself is how you must show love. ~ Rupi Kaur.


What is stronger than the human heart which shatters over and over and still lives. ~ Rupi Kaur.


I love Roald Dahl, Sharon Olds, Nizar Qabbani, who is a poet, and Junot Diaz. ~ Rupi Kaur.


I have what I have and I am happy I’ve lost what I’ve lost and I am still happy – outlook. ~ Rupi Kaur.


You left and I wanted you still, yet I deserve someone who was willing to stay. ~ Rupi Kaur.


My heart woke me crying last night. How can I help? I begged my heart said, ‘write the book.’ ~ Rupi Kaur.


I am made of water, of course, I am emotional. ~ Rupi Kaur.

Famous Rupi Kaur Quotes

Sadness looks the same across all cultures, races, and communities. So does happiness and joy. ~ Rupi Kaur.


There is a difference between someone telling you they love you and them actually loving you. ~ Rupi Kaur.

That is the thing about selfish people. They gamble entire beings. Entire souls to please their own. ~ Rupi Kaur.


You must want to spend the rest of your life with yourself first. ~ Rupi Kaur.

Do not look for healing at the feet of those who broke you. ~ Rupi Kaur.

You have so much yet you are always hungry for more. The trick to being well-fed is you have to stop looking up at everything you don’t have and look around at everything you do. ~ Rupi Kaur.

If you were born with the weakness to fall, you were born with the strength to rise. ~ Rupi Kaur.


You were so afraid of my voice, I decided to be afraid of it too. ~ Rupi Kaur.

Truth, honesty, empowerment – it’s what I want for myself and my readers. ~ Rupi Kaur.

How can she love a man who is busy loving someone he can never get his hands on again? ~ Rupi Kaur.

I will no longer compare my path to others – I refuse to do a disservice to my life. ~ Rupi Kaur.


Wish pure love and soft peace upon the ones who’ve been unkind to you and keep moving forward. ~ Rupi Kaur.

We have been dying since we got here and forgot to enjoy the view – live fully. ~ Rupi Kaur.

You do not just wake up and become the butterfly – growth is a process. ~ Rupi Kaur.

Top Rupi Kaur Quotes

The kindest words my father said to me: women like you drown oceans. ~ Rupi Kaur.

The right one does not stand in your way, they make space for you to step forward. ~ Rupi Kaur.


The recreational use of this body is seen as beautiful while its nature is seen as ugly. ~ Rupi Kaur.

My heart aches for sisters more than anything it aches for women helping women like flowers ache for spring. ~ Rupi Kaur.

I do not want to have you to fill the empty parts of me, I want to be full on my own. ~ Rupi Kaur.

For you to see beauty here does not mean there is beauty in me, it means there is beauty rooted so deep within you you can’t help but see it everywhere. ~ Rupi Kaur.

Trust your body, it reacts to right and wrong better than your mind does. ~ Rupi Kaur.

I can’t wrap my head around the fact that I have to convince half the world’s population that my body is not their bed. ~ Rupi Kaur.


Give to those who have nothing to give to you. ~ Rupi Kaur.

I don’t know what living a balanced life feels like. When I am sad I don’t cry, I pour. When I am happy, I don’t smile, I glow. ~ Rupi Kaur.

Nothing is safer than the sound of you, reading aloud to me – the perfect date. ~ Rupi Kaur.

You have to redefine what beauty is to you so you can’t be affected by what people are saying. ~ Rupi Kaur.

I won’t let go ‘cause being alone hurts more than chasing someone who’s left. But if you’ve left, aren’t I already alone and surviving it? ~ Rupi Kaur.

Love does not look like a person, love is our actions, love is giving all we can. ~ Rupi Kaur.


You have everything to gain from believing in yourself yet you spend all your time with self-doubt. ~ Rupi Kaur.

They leave and act like it never happened. They come back and act like they never left. ~ Rupi Kaur.

Borders are man-made, they divide us physically, don’t let them make us, turn on each other – we are not enemies. ~ Rupi Kaur.

To heal, you have to get to the root of the wound and kiss it all the way up. ~ Rupi Kaur.

The world gives you so much pain and here you are making gold out of it – there is nothing purer than that. ~ Rupi Kaur.

The next time he points out the hair on your legs, is growing back remind that boy your body is not his home, he is a guest warn him to never outstep his welcome again. ~ Rupi Kaur.


Do not bother holding onto that thing that does not want you – you cannot make it stay. ~ Rupi Kaur.

Our backs tell stories no books have the spine to carry. ~ Rupi Kaur.

When you are broken and he has left you, do not question whether you were enough, the problem was, you were so enough he was not able to carry it. ~ Rupi Kaur.

I could be anything in the world but I wanted to be his. ~ Rupi Kaur.

People say things meant to rip you in half, but you hold the power to not turn their words into a knife and cut yourself. ~ Rupi Kaur.


A lot of times we are angry at other people for not doing what we should have done for ourselves – responsibility. ~ Rupi Kaur.

What I miss most is how you loved me. But what I didn’t know was how you loved me had so much to do with the person I was. ~ Rupi Kaur.

Loving you was breathing, but the breath disappearing before it filled my lungs. ~ Rupi Kaur.

My heart is beating, and I’m breathing, and nothing anybody has ever done has changed that. ~ Rupi Kaur.

Lovely Rupi Kaur Quotes

I am sending my love to your eyes. May they always see goodness in people. And may you always practice kindness. ~ Rupi Kaur.

You might not have been my first love but you were the love that made all other loves seem irrelevant. ~ Rupi Kaur.

You look at me and cry ‘everything hurts.’ I hold you and whisper, ‘but everything can heal.’ ~ Rupi Kaur.

Your body is a museum of natural disasters. Can you grasp how stunning that is? ~ Rupi Kaur.

I did not start out thinking I’m going to become a feminist poet. It was a tag I was given. ~ Rupi Kaur.

I think I finally overcame my self-esteem and confidence issues at around 20. ~ Rupi Kaur.

Stay strong through your pain and grow flowers from it. You have helped me grow flowers out of mine so bloom beautifully dangerously loudly and bloom softly however you need to just bloom. ~ Rupi Kaur.

Accept that you deserve more than painful love. Life is moving, the healthiest thing for your heart is to move with it. ~ Rupi Kaur.


I think I only started to speak to people in grade four. ~ Rupi Kaur.

Loneliness is a sign you are in desperate need of yourself. ~ Rupi Kaur.

Beautiful Rupi Kaur Quotes

Most importantly, love like it’s the only thing you know – how at the end of the day all this means nothing. This page where you’re sitting your degree your job, the money nothing even matters, except love and human connection who you loved and how deeply you loved them, how you touched the people around you and how much you gave them. ~ Rupi Kaur.

You left and I wanted you still, yet I deserved someone who was willing to stay. ~ Rupi Kaur.

I grew up thinking I was going to change the world, but not because I was treated like a special snowflake. It’s a silly label. People are starving. We need to feed them. That’s the end of the conversation. ~ Rupi Kaur.

It takes monsters to steal souls and fighters to reclaim them. ~ Rupi Kaur.

She was a rose in the hands of those who had no intention of keeping her. ~ Rupi Kaur.


The thing worth holding onto would not have let go. ~ Rupi Kaur.

We began with honesty let us end in it too. ~ Rupi Kaur.

What’s the greatest lesson a woman should learn? That since day one she’s already had everything she needs within herself. It’s the world that convinced her she did not. ~ Rupi Kaur.

It isn’t what we left behind that breaks me, it’s whatever we could’ve built had we stayed. ~ Rupi Kaur.

I thank the universe for taking everything it has taken and giving to me everything it is giving – balance. ~ Rupi Kaur.

If you are not enough for yourself you will never be enough for someone else. ~ Rupi Kaur.

I am timid ‘cause falling into you means falling out of him, and I had not prepared for that. ~ Rupi Kaur.

Memorable Rupi Kaur Quotes

Representation is vital otherwise the butterfly surrounded by a group of moths unable to see itself will keep trying to become the moth. ~ Rupi Kaur.


We all move forward when we recognize how resilient and striking the women around us are. ~ Rupi Kaur.

Other women’s bodies are not our battlegrounds. ~ Rupi Kaur.

I am water, soft enough to offer life, tough enough to drown it away. ~ Rupi Kaur.

I’m a new person every month, always becoming and unbecoming only to become again. ~ Rupi Kaur.

You were not wrong for leaving, you were wrong for coming back and thinking you could have me when it was convenient and leave when it was not. ~ Rupi Kaur.

And here you are living despite it all. ~ Rupi Kaur.

Let it go, let it leave, let it happen. Nothing in this world was promised or belonged to you anyway. ~ Rupi Kaur.

People go but how they left always stays. ~ Rupi Kaur.

I didn’t leave because I stopped loving you, I left because the longer I stayed, the less I loved myself. ~ Rupi Kaur.

Why is it that when the story ends we begin to feel all of it. ~ Rupi Kaur.

The very thought of you has my legs spread apart, like an easel with a canvas begging for art. ~ Rupi Kaur.

He placed his hands on my mind before reaching for my waist, my hips, or my lips. He didn’t call me beautiful first. He called me exquisite – how he touches me. ~ Rupi Kaur.

Profound Rupi Kaur Quotes

The thing about writing is I can’t tell if it’s healing or destroying. ~ Rupi Kaur.

Despite knowing they won’t be here for long they still choose to live their brightest lives – sunflowers. ~ Rupi Kaur.

I was music but you had your ears cut off. ~ Rupi Kaur.

Life does not stop for anybody, it drags you by the legs whether you want to move forward or not, that is the gift. ~ Rupi Kaur.

They have no idea what it is like to lose home at the risk of never finding home again to have your entire life split between two lands and become the bridges between two countries – immigrant. ~ Rupi Kaur.

Growing up, I naturally embraced who I was, but I was always battling with myself. So I spent half my time being proud of being a woman and the other half completely hating it. ~ Rupi Kaur.

I am not a hotel room, I am home. I am not the whiskey you want, I am the water you need. Don’t come here with expectations and try to make a vacation out of me. ~ Rupi Kaur.

How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you. ~ Rupi Kaur.

Love will play no games, ‘cause love knows life has been hard enough already. ~ Rupi Kaur.

You are the faint line between faith and blindly waiting. ~ Rupi Kaur.

We began with honesty, let us end in it too. ~ Rupi Kaur.

Of course I want to be successful but I don’t crave success for me. I need to be successful to gain enough milk and honey to help those around me succeed. ~ Rupi Kaur.

Really, at the end of the day, the only thing you can control is yourself; the only person you can truly educate is yourself. ~ Rupi Kaur.

You were so distant I forgot you were there at all. ~ Rupi Kaur.

Poetic Rupi Kaur Quotes

Your art is not about how many people like your work. Your art is about if your heart likes your work, if your soul likes your work it’s about how honest you are with yourself and you must never trade honesty for relatability. ~ Rupi Kaur.

I want to apologize to all the women I have called beautiful. Before I’ve called them intelligent or brave. I am sorry I made it sound as though something as simple as what you’re born with is all you have to be proud of. ~ Rupi Kaur.

I am hopelessly a lover and a dreamer, and that will be the death of me. ~ Rupi Kaur.

Your body is a museum of natural disasters can you grasp how stunning that is. ~ Rupi Kaur.


Never feel guilty for starting again. ~ Rupi Kaur.

You have sadness living in places sadness shouldn’t live. ~ Rupi Kaur.

In high school, I started saving up to get a nose job, which is so ridiculous. I had this job at Tim Hortons, and I was trying to save up $10,000 for a nose job. ~ Rupi Kaur.

I want to leave behind a literary legacy. ~ Rupi Kaur.

You tell me to quiet down ‘cause my opinions make me less beautiful, but I was not made with a fire in my belly so I could be put out. I was not made with a lightness on my tongue so I could be easy to swallow. I was made heavy half blade and half silk, difficult to forget and not easy for the mind to follow. ~ Rupi Kaur.

Trying to convince myself I am allowed to take up space, is like writing with my left hand when I was born to use my right. ~ Rupi Kaur.

So these were the 115 top Rupi Kaur quotes on love, life, self-love, mother, letting-go, healing and growth.

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