Who the heck is Rupi Kaur?

Rupi Kaur is an Indian-born Canadian poet and author. Kaur's social media centered poetry is very popular with the younger generation. Her debut Milk and honey was a best seller in 2004.

Books by Rupi Kaur

Quotes by Rupi Kaur

“A lot of times we are angry at other people for not doing what we should have done for ourselves.”

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

“And here you are living despite it all.”

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“Despite knowing they won’t be here for long they still choose to live their brightest lives – sunflowers”

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“do not bother holding onto
that thing that does not want you

-you cannot make it stay”

Rupi Kaur Milk and Honey

“do not look for healing
at the feet of those
who broke you”

Rupi Kaur Milk and Honey

“don’t mistake
salt for sugar
if he wants to
be with you
he will
it’s that simple”

Rupi Kaur Milk and Honey

“fall
in love
with your solitude”

Rupi Kaur Milk and Honey

“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 Milk and Honey

“Give to those who have nothing to give to you.”

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”

Rupi Kaur Milk and Honey

“how is it so easy for you to be kind to people he asked
milk and honey dripped from my lips as i answered
cause people have not been kind to me”

Rupi Kaur Milk and Honey

“how you love yourself is
how you teach others
to love you”

Rupi Kaur Milk and Honey

“I am a museum full of art
but you had your eyes shut.”

Rupi Kaur Milk and Honey

“i am hopelessly
a lover and
a dreamer and
that will be the
death of me”

Rupi Kaur Milk and Honey

“i am water

soft enough
to offer life
tough enough
to drown it away”

Rupi Kaur Milk and Honey

“I didn't leave because
I stopped loving you,
I left because the longer
I stayed the less I loved myself.”

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“i do not want to have you
to fill the empty parts of me
i want to be full on my own

i want to fill so complete
i could light a whole city
and then
i want to have you
cause the two of
us combined
could set
it on fire”

Rupi Kaur

“i have what i have and i am happy i’ve lost what i’ve lost and i am still happy”

Rupi Kaur Milk and Honey

“I thank the universe for taking everything it has taken and giving to me everything it is giving -balance”

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“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
when you have broken mountains with your wit
from now on i will say things like
you are resilient, or you are extraordinary
not because i don’t think you’re beautiful
but because i need you to know
you are more than that”

Rupi Kaur

“i was music
but you had your ears cut off”

Rupi Kaur Milk and Honey

“I will no longer compare my path to others. I refuse to do a disservice to my life.”

Rupi Kaur

“If I knew what safety looked like, I would have spent less time falling into arms that were not”

Rupi Kaur Milk and Honey

“If I'm not the love of your life
I'll be the greatest loss instead”

Rupi Kaur The Sun and Her Flowers

“If you are not enough for yourself you will never be enough for someone else.”

Rupi Kaur

“If you were born with the weakness to fall you were born with the strength to rise.”

Rupi Kaur Milk and Honey

“It isn’t what we left behind that breaks me. It’s whatever we could’ve built had we stayed.”

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“Let it go, let it leave, let it happen. Nothing in this world was promised or belonged to you anyway.”

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“Loneliness is a sign you are in desperate need of yourself.”

Rupi Kaur Milk and Honey

“Never feel guilty for starting again.”

Rupi Kaur

“Our backs tell stories
no books have the spine to carry”

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“People go but how they left always stays.”

Rupi Kaur Milk and Honey

“she was a rose
in the hands of those
who had no intention
of keeping her”

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“stay strong through your pain
grow flowers from it
you have helped me
grow flowers out of mine so
bloom beautifully
dangerously
loudly
bloom softly
however you need
just bloom”

Rupi Kaur Milk and Honey

“That is the thing about selfish people. They gamble entire beings. Entire souls to please their own.”

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“The kindest words my father said to me
Women like you drown oceans.”

Rupi Kaur Milk and Honey

“the next time you
have your coffee black
you'll taste the bitter state he left you in
it will make you weep
but you'll never
stop drinking
you'd rather have the
darkest parts of him
than have nothing”

Rupi Kaur Milk and Honey

“the right one does not
stand in your way
they make space for you
to step forward”

Rupi Kaur The Sun and Her Flowers

“The thing about writing is I can't tell if it's healing or destroying.”

Rupi Kaur Milk and Honey

“The thing worth holding onto would not have let go.”

Rupi Kaur

“the very thought of you
has my legs spread apart
like an easel with a canvas
begging for art”

Rupi Kaur Milk and Honey

“the world gives you so much pain and here you are making gold out of it
- there is nothing purer than that”

Rupi Kaur Milk and Honey

“There is a difference between someone telling you they love you and them actually loving you.”

Rupi Kaur Milk and Honey

“Trust your body. It reacts to right and wrong better than your mind does.”

Rupi Kaur

“we have been dying
since we got here
and forgot to enjoy the view

- live fully”

Rupi Kaur The Sun and Her Flowers

“What is stronger than the human heart which shatters over and over and still lives?”

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“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.”

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“Why is it that when the story ends we begin to feel all of it.”

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“You do not just wake up and become the butterfly—growth is a process.”

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“You have sadness living in places sadness shouldn’t live.”

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.”

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“you might not have been my first love
but you were the love that made
all other loves seem
irrelevant”

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“you must want to spend the rest of your life with yourself first”

Rupi Kaur Milk and Honey

“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 Milk and Honey

“you were a dragon long before
he came around and said
you could fly

you will remain a dragon
long after he's left”

Rupi Kaur Milk and Honey

“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 Milk and Honey