Rabindranath Tagore Quotes

By | 12.06.2022

Men can only think. Women have a way of understanding without thinking. The woman was created out of God’s own fancy. Man, He had to hammer into shape. Rabindranath Tagore

Life’s errors cry for the merciful beauty that can modulate their isolation into a harmony with the whole. Rabindranath Tagore quotes

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy. Rabindranath Tagore

You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Rabindranath Tagore

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds

The Stronger is the imagination the less imaginary it is. Rabindranath Tagore

Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven. Rabindranath Tagore

Beauty is truth’s smile when she beholds her own face in a perfect mirror. Rabindranath Tagore

If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars. Rabindranath Tagore

You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Rabindranath Tagore

The little flower lies in the dust. It sought the path of the butterfly. Rabindranath Tagore

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. Rabindranath Tagore

Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man. Rabindranath Tagore

Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come. Rabindranath Tagore

I have on my table a violin string. It is free to move in any direction I like. If I twist one end, it responds; it is free.
But it is not free to sing. So I take it and fix it into my violin. I bind it and when it is bound, it is free for the first time to sing. Rabindranath Tagore

The fish in the water is silent, the animals on the earth is noisy, the bird in the air is singing. But man has in him the silence of the sea, the noise of the earth and the music of the air. Rabindranath Tagore

Love’s gift cannot be given, it waits to be accepted. Rabindranath Tagore

It is very simple to be happy, but it is very difficult to be simple. Rabindranath Tagore

In the world’s audience hall, the simple blade of grass sits on the same carpet with the sunbeams, and the stars of midnight. Rabindranath Tagore

Age considers; youth ventures. Rabindranath Tagore

The most important lesson that man can learn from life, is not that there is pain in this world, but that it is possible for him to transmute it into joy. Rabindranath Tagore

Unending Love

I seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times…
In life after life, in age after age, forever.
My spellbound heart has made and remade the necklace of songs,
That you take as a gift, wear round your neck in your many forms,
In life after life, in age after age, forever.

Whenever I hear old chronicles of love, it’s age old pain,
It’s ancient tale of being apart or together.
As I stare on and on into the past, in the end you emerge,
Clad in the light of a pole-star, piercing the darkness of time.
You become an image of what is remembered forever.

You and I have floated here on the stream that brings from the fount.
At the heart of time, love of one for another.
We have played along side millions of lovers,
Shared in the same shy sweetness of meeting,
the distressful tears of farewell,
Old love but in shapes that renew and renew forever.

Today it is heaped at your feet, it has found its end in you
The love of all man’s days both past and forever:
Universal joy, universal sorrow, universal life.
The memories of all loves merging with this one love of ours –
And the songs of every poet past and forever. Rabindranath Tagore, Selected Poems

Great calm, generous detachment, selfless love, the disinterested effort: these are what make for success in life. If you can find peace in yourself and can spread comfort around you, you will be happier than an empress. Rabindranath Tagore

Man’s cry is to reach his fullest expression. Rabindranath Tagore

Let life be beautiful like summer flowers and death like autumn leaves. Rabindranath Tagore

Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark. Rabindranath Tagore

The young student sits with his head bent over his books, and his mind straying in youth’s dreamland; where prose is prowling on the desk and poetry hiding in the heart. Rabindranath Tagore

Those who own much have much to fear. Rabindranath Tagore

Love is when the soul starts to sing and the flowers of your life bloom on their own. Rabindranath Tagore quotes about love

The small wisdom is like water in a glass: clear, transparent, pure.
The great wisdom is like the water in the sea: dark, mysterious, impenetrable. Rabindranath Tagore

The greed for fruit misses the flower. Rabindranath Tagore

Emancipation from the bondage of the soil is no freedom for the tree. Rabindranath Tagore

Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation. Rabindranath Tagore

The night kissed the fading day With a whisper: «I am death, your mother, From me you will get new birth». Rabindranath Tagore

Reach high, for stars lie hidden in you. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal. Rabindranath Tagore

Stray birds of summer come to my window to sing and fly away. And yellow leaves of autumn, which have no songs, flutter and fall there with a sigh. Rabindranath Tagore

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom. Rabindranath Tagore

The Taj Mahal rises above the banks of the river like a solitary tear suspended on the cheek of time. Rabindranath Tagore

Truth cannot afford to be tolerant where it faces positive evil. Rabindranath Tagore

Facts are many, but the truth is one. Rabindranath Tagore

The touch of an infinite mystery passes over the trivial and the familiar, making it break out into ineffable music… The trees, the stars, and the blue hills ache with a meaning which can never be uttered in words. Rabindranath Tagore

Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for she was born in another time. Rabindranath Tagore

To tyrannize for the country is to tyrannize over the country. Rabindranath Tagore

The flower which is single need not envy the thorns that are numerous. Rabindranath Tagore

Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark. Rabindranath Tagore

Perhaps the new dawn will come from this horizon, from the East where the sun rises; and then, unvanquished Man will retrace his path of conquest, despite all barriers, to win back his lost heritage. Rabindranath Tagore

Depth of friendship does not depend on the length of acquaintance. Rabindranath Tagore

The potentiality of perfection outweighs actual contradictions… Existence in itself is here to prove that it cannot be an evil. Rabindranath Tagore

Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it. Rabindranath Tagore

When we rejoice in our fullness, then we can part with our fruits with joy. Rabindranath Tagore

A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it. Rabindranath Tagore

That which is eternal within the moment only becomes shallow if spread out in time. Rabindranath Tagore

God seeks comrades and claims love, the Devil seeks slaves and claims obedience. Rabindranath Tagore

The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence. Rabindranath Tagore

I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door – or I’ll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present. Rabindranath Tagore

The fundamental desire of life is the desire to exist. Rabindranath Tagore

Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time. Rabindranath Tagore

Death is turning out the lamp because the dawn has appeared. Rabindranath Tagore quote about death

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf. Rabindranath Tagore

Nirvana is not the blowing out of the candle. It is the extinguishing of the flame because the day has come. Rabindranath Tagore

Asks the Possible of the Impossible, “Where is your dwelling-place?” “In the dreams of the Impotent,” comes the answer. Rabindranath Tagore

By plucking her petals you do not gather the beauty of the flower. Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds

Not hammer-strokes, but the dance of the water sings the pebbles into perfection. Rabindranath Tagore

Let me light my lamp”, says the star, “And never debate if it will help to remove the darkness. Rabindranath Tagore

You can’t cross a sea by merely staring into the water. Rabindranath Tagore

Most people believe the mind to be a mirror, more or less accurately reflecting the world outside them, not realizing on the contrary that the mind is itself the principal element of creation. Rabindranath Tagore

I am willing to serve my country, but my worship I reserve for Right which is far greater than my country. To worship my country as a god is to bring a curse upon it. Rabindranath Tagore

What is Art? It is the response of man’s creative soul to the call of the Real. Rabindranath Tagore

The movement of life has to rest in its own music. Rabindranath Tagore

You smiled and talked to me of nothing and I felt that for this I had been waiting long. Rabindranath Tagore

Never be afraid of the moments–thus sings the voice of the everlasting. Rabindranath Tagore

To be outspoken is easy when you do not wait to speak the complete truth. Rabindranath Tagore

We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us. Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds

The sparrow is sorry for the peacock at the burden of its tail. Rabindranath Tagore

If I say that He is within me, the universe is ashamed; if I say that He is without me, it is falsehood. Rabindranath Tagore

Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance. Rabindranath Tagore

Life is given to us, we earn it by giving it. Rabindranath Tagore

Love is an endless mystery, because there is no reasonable cause that could explain it. Rabindranath Tagore

Oh my only friend, my best beloved, the gates are open in my house — do not pass by like a dream. Rabindranath Tagore

The burden of the self is lightened when I laugh at myself. Rabindranath Tagore

My eyes have seen much, but they are not weary. My ears have heard much, but they thirst for more. Rabindranath Tagore

Those who are near me do not know that you are nearer to me than they are
Those who speak to me do not know that my heart is full with your unspoken words
Those who crowd in my path do not know that I am walking alone with you
Those who love me do not know that their love brings you to my heart R. Tagore

If you shut your door to all errors truth will be shut out. Rabindranath Tagore

Mistakes live in the neighbourhood of truth and therefore delude us. Rabindranath Tagore

We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility. Rabindranath Tagore

Patriotism cannot be our final spiritual shelter; my refuge is humanity. I will not buy glass for the price of diamonds, and I will never allow patriotism to triumph over humanity as long as I live. Rabindranath Tagore

Dreams can never be made captive. Rabindranath Tagore

By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower. Rabindranath Tagore

Man’s freedom is never in being saved from troubles, but it is the freedom to take trouble for his own good, to make the trouble an element in his joy. Rabindranath Tagore

Music fills the infinite between two souls. Rabindranath Tagore

We cross infinity with every step; we meet eternity in every second. Rabindranath Tagore

Leave out my name from the gift if it be a burden, but keep my song. Rabindranath Tagore

Do not say, ‘It is morning,’ and dismiss it with a name of yesterday. See it for the first time as a newborn child that has no name. Rabindranath Tagore

Whether joy or sorrow, pain or pleasure; whatsoever may befall thee, accept it serenely with an unvanquished heart. Rabindranath Tagore

The emancipation of our physical nature is in attaining health, of our social being in attaining goodness, and of our self in attaining love. Rabindranath Tagore

When I stand before thee at the day’s end, thou shalt see my scars and know that I had my wounds and also my healing. Rabindranath Tagore

The biggest changes in a women’s nature are brought by love; in man, by ambition. Tagore, Rabindranath

We live in a world when we love it. Rabindranath Tagore

Set the bird’s wings with gold and it will never again soar in the sky. Rabindranath Tagore

Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them. Rabindranath Tagore

I have spent many days stringing and unstringing my instrument while the song I came to sing remains unsung. Rabindranath Tagore

I have lost my dewdrop, cries the flower to the morning sky that lost all its stars. Rabindranath Tagore

He who is too busy doing good finds no time to be good. Rabindranath Tagore

O Beauty, find thyself in love, not in the flattery of thy mirror. Rabindranath Tagore

Let my thoughts come to you, when I am gone, like the afterglow of sunset at the margin of starry silence. Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds

Where is heaven? you ask me, my child,-the sages tell us it is beyond the limits of birth and death, unswayed by the rhythm of the day and night; it is not of the earth. But your poet knows that its eternal hunger is for time and space and it strives evermore to be born in the fruitful dust. Heaven is fulfilled in your sweet body, my child, in your palpitating heart. The sea is beating its drums in joy, the flowers are a-tiptoe to kiss you. For heaven is born in you, in the arms of the mother- dust. Rabindranath Tagore

The cure for all the illness of life is stored in the inner depth of life itself, the access to which becomes possible when we are alone. This solitude is a world in itself, full of wonders and resources unthought of. It is absurdly near; yet so unapproachably distant. Rabindranath Tagore

These paper boats of mine are meant to dance on the ripples of hours, and not reach any destination. Rabindranath Tagore

I slept and dreamt that life was a joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was a joy. Rabindranath Tagore

Our scientific world is our world of reasoning. It has its greatness and uses and attractions. We are ready to pay homage due to it. But when it claims to have discovered the real world for us and laughs at the worlds of all simple-minded men, then we must say it is like a general grown intoxicated with his power, usurping the throne of his king. Rabindranath Tagore

No civilized society can thrive upon victims, whose humanity has been permanently mutilated. Rabindranath Tagore

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