Poet, musician, artist and a polymath, Rabindranath Tagore, or Gurudev as he is fondly called, was the first Asian to receive the Noble Prize in Literature in 1913. A trailblazer and one of the most famous Indian author who introduced new prose and verse forms in Bengali Literature, Tagore was loved for his writings all over the world. In this article, we will discuss some of the most famous Rabindranath Tagore quotes out there.
Rabindranath Tagore Quotes -1
Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.
Rabindranath Tagore Quotes -2
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 Quotes -3
By plucking her petals you do not gather the beauty of the flower
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Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.
Rabindranath Tagore Quotes -5
Love is an endless mystery, because there is no reasonable cause that could explain it.
Rabindranath Tagore Quotes -6
We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us
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You smiled and talked to me of nothing and I felt that for this I had been waiting long
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Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.
Rabindranath Tagore Quotes -9
Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers,
but to be fearless in facing them.
Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but
for the heart to conquer it.
Rabindranath Tagore Quotes -10
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
Other Rabindranath Tagore Quotes :
I seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times, in life after life, in age after age forever.
A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it.
The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for she was born in another time.
Reach high, for stars lie hidden in you. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.
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.
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.
Let my thoughts come to you, when I am gone, like the afterglow of sunset at the margin of starry silence
Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man
Men are cruel, but Man is kind.
YOU are the big drop of dew under the lotus leaf, I am the smaller one on its upper side,’ said the dewdrop to the lake.
The stars are not afraid to appear like fireflies
The real friendship is like fluorescence, it shines better when everything has darken.
The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence
Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven
Power said to the world, “You are mine.” The world kept it prisoner on her throne. Love said to the world, “I am thine.” The world gave it the freedom of her house
When you came you cried and everybody smiled with joy; when you go smile and let the world cry for you.
We cross infinity with every step; we meet eternity in every second.
Once we dreamt that we were strangers. We wake up to find that we were dear to each other
Age considers; youth ventures.
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
The roots below the earth claim no rewards for making the branches fruitful
God waits to win back his own flowers as gifts from man’s hands.
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.
This is my favorite of all Rabindranath Tagore quotes.
Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.
Beauty is simply reality seen with the eyes of love
My day is done, and I am like a boat drawn on the beach, listening to the dance-music of the tide in the evening
I will sit in the pupil of your eyes and that will carry your sight into the heart of the things
The traveler has to knock at every alien door to come to his own, and one has to wander through all the outer worlds to reach the innermost shrine at the end.
The echo mocks her origin to prove she is the original.
Ah, thou hast made my heart captive in the endless meshes of thy music, my master!
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
And because I love this life I know I shall love death as well. The child cries out when From the right breast the mother Takes it away, in the very next moment To Find in the left one Its consolation.
Death belongs to life as birth does The walk is in the raising of the foot as in the laying of it down
Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance
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.
Not hammer-strokes, but dance of the water, sings the pebbles into perfection.
Only in love are unity and duality not in conflict.
The greed for fruit misses the flower.
Deliverance is not for me in renunciation. I feel the embrace of freedom in a thousand bonds of delight.
Nirvana is not the blowing out of the candle. It is the extinguishing of the flame because day is come.
Perhaps the crescent moon smiles in doubt at being told that it is a fragment awaiting perfection.
If you shut your door to all errors truth will be shut out.
Inspiration follows aspiration.
In Art, man reveals himself and not his objects.
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.
He who is too busy doing good finds no time to be good.
Oh my only friend, my best beloved, the gates are open in my house—do not pass by like a dream.
For we women are not only the deities of the household fire, but the flame of the soul itself.
Alas, why are my nights all thus lost? Ah, why do I ever miss his sight whose breath touches my sleep?
Love’s gift cannot be given, it waits to be accepted.
Let me light my lamp”, says the star, “And never debate if it will help to remove the darkness.
Come oh come ye tea-thirsty restless ones — the kettle boils, bubbles and sings, musically.
Never be afraid of the moments–thus sings the voice of the everlasting.
These paper boats of mine are meant to dance on the ripples of hours, and not reach any destination.
Some day I shall sing to thee in the sunrise of some other world, I have seen thee before in the light of the earth, in the love of man.
This is the most widely quoted of all Rabindranath Tagore quotes !
Facts are many, but the truth is one.
The biggest changes in a women’s nature are brought by love; in man, by ambition
We live in the world when we love it.
Music fills the infinite between two souls
I have spent many days stringing and unstringing my instrument while the song I came to sing remains unsung
You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
Did I miss some other really good Rabindranath Tagore quotes that you know of ? Let me know in the comment section below and I will add it to my list!