Rabindranath Tagore Quotes

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Rabindranath Tagore

Tagore (c. 1925)
Native name রবীন্দ্রনাথ ঠাকুর
Born Rabindranath Thakur
(1861-05-07)7 May 1861
Calcutta, India[1]
Died 7 August 1941(1941-08-07) (aged 80)
Calcutta, India[1]


Language Bengali, English
Ethnicity Bengali
Literary movement Contextual Modernism
Notable works Gitanjali, Gora, Ghare-Baire, Jana Gana Mana, Rabindra Sangeet, Amar Shonar Bangla (other works)
Notable awards Nobel Prize in Literature
Spouse Mrinalini Devi (m. 1883–1902)
Children 5 (two of whom died in childhood)
Relatives Tagore family

In Art, man reveals himself and not his objects.
Your idol is shattered in the dust to prove that God's dust is greater than your idol.
Rabindranath Tagore
The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
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 burden of the self is lightened with I laugh at myself.
What is Art? It is the response of man's creative soul to the call of the Real.
Rabindranath Tagore
Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.
Rabindranath Tagore
If you shut the door to all errors, truth will be shut out.
Life is given to us, we earn it by giving it.
Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.
Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.
Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.
Rabindranath Tagore
Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
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
Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.
To be outspoken is easy when you do not wait to speak the complete truth.
Nirvana is not the blowing out of the candle. It is the extinguishing of the flame because day is come.
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
From the solemn gloom of the temple children run out to sit in the dust, God watches them play and forgets the priest.
Rabindranath Tagore
You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
Emancipation from the bondage of the soil is no freedom for the tree.
Beauty is truth's smile when she beholds her own face in a perfect mirror.
Rabindranath Tagore
Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.
Rabindranath Tagore
A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it.
Rabindranath Tagore
We gain freedom when we have paid the full price.
Age considers; youth ventures.
He who is too busy doing good finds no time to be good.
The water in a vessel is sparkling; the water in the sea is dark. The small truth has words which are clear; the great truth has great silence.
Rabindranath Tagore
Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.
Rabindranath Tagore
Love is not a mere impulse, it must contain truth, which is law.
The flower which is single need not envy the thorns that are numerous.
By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.
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
The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.
Rabindranath Tagore
Music fills the infinite between two souls.
Facts are many, but the truth is one.
Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them.
Rabindranath Tagore
Bigotry tries to keep truth safe in its hand with a grip that kills it.
We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility.
Love is an endless mystery, for it has nothing else to explain it.
Those who own much have much to fear.
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
Gray hairs are signs of wisdom if you hold your tongue, speak and they are but hairs, as in the young.
Rabindranath Tagore
Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.
Rabindranath Tagore
Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.
Trees are Earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.
We live in the world when we love it.