Rabindranath Tagore Quotes

Most popular Rabindranath Tagore Quotes

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

children

Age considers; youth ventures.
— Rabindranath Tagore

age youth

How beautiful is humble courtesy!
— Rabindranath Tagore
Those who own much have much to fear.
— Rabindranath Tagore

possessions wealth

We live in the world when we love it.
— Rabindranath Tagore
Facts are many, but the truth is one.
— Rabindranath Tagore

facts

Music fills the infinite between two souls.
— Rabindranath Tagore

music

Truth looks tawdry when she is overdressed.

truth

Praise shames me, for I secretly beg for it.

praise

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

life

In Art, man reveals himself and not his objects.
— Rabindranath Tagore

art

We gain freedom when we have paid the full price.
— Rabindranath Tagore

freedom

Life's aspirations come in the guise of children.
— Rabindranath Tagore
Life's aspirations come
in the guise of children.

aspiration children

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

love

Blessed is he whose fame does not outshine his truth.

fame

Love's gift cannot be given, it waits to be accepted.
— Rabindranath Tagore
Power takes as ingratitude the writhing of its victims.

power

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

being good

Pleasure is frail like dewdrop, while it laughs it dies.
— Rabindranath Tagore

pleasure

God respects me when I work, but he loves me when I sing.
— Rabindranath Tagore

music songs

Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark.
— Rabindranath Tagore

faith

Blessed are those whose fame does not outshine their truth.
— Rabindranath Tagore
If you shut your door to all errors truth will be shut out.
— Rabindranath Tagore

mistakes

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

humility

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

the self

If you shut the door to all errors, truth will be shut out.
— Rabindranath Tagore

experience

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

error mistakes truth

We are like new born children, our power is the power to grow.
— Rabindranath Tagore
Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.
— Rabindranath Tagore

friendship

Depth of friendship does not depend upon length of acquaintance.
— Rabindranath Tagore
Love is not a mere impulse, it must contain truth, which is law.
— Rabindranath Tagore

love

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
— Rabindranath Tagore
Love is an endless mystery, for it has nothing else to explain it.
— Rabindranath Tagore

love

Trees are Earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.
— Rabindranath Tagore

trees

By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.
— Rabindranath Tagore
Mistakes live in the neighborhood of truth
and therefore delude us.

mistakes

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

faith

Butterflies count not months but moments, and yet have time enough.
— Rabindranath Tagore

time

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

action

Emancipation from the bondage of the soil is no freedom for the tree.
— Rabindranath Tagore
Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.

trees

The flower which is single need not envy the thorns that are numerous.
— Rabindranath Tagore
We gain freedom when we have paid the full price for our right to live.
— Rabindranath Tagore
Bigotry tries to keep truth safe in its hand
With a grip that kills it.

bigotry

Bigotry tries to keep truth safe in its hand with a grip that kills it.
— Rabindranath Tagore

bigotry

To be outspoken is easy when you do not wait to speak the complete truth.
— Rabindranath Tagore
Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.
— Rabindranath Tagore

parenting

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

beauty

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

faith

Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless in facing them.
— Rabindranath Tagore
What is Art? It is the response of man's creative soul to the call of the Real.
— Rabindranath Tagore

art

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

good wishes

The trees, like the longings of the earth, stand a-tiptoe to peep at the heaven.
— Rabindranath Tagore
A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it.
— Rabindranath Tagore

logic

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

danger

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

logic mind

Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.
— Rabindranath Tagore
Your idol is shattered in the dust to prove that God's dust is greater than your idol.
— Rabindranath Tagore

interesting

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

afterlife death

The world, while I am perceiving it, is being incessantly created for myself in time and space.
— Rabindranath Tagore
The wise man is content with half a loaf, or any fraction for that matter, rather than no bread.
— Rabindranath Tagore
Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.
— Rabindranath Tagore

death

Music and art must have their prominent seats of honor, and not merely a tolerant nod of recognition.
— 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

holding your tongue

In the drowsy dark caves of the mind
dreams build their nest with fragments
dropped from day's caravan.

dreams (during sleep)

The soil in return for her service keeps the tree tied to her, the sky asks nothing and leaves it free.
— Rabindranath Tagore
Nirvana is not the blowing out of the candle. It is the extinguishing of the flame because day is come.
— Rabindranath Tagore

nirvana

You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Don't let yourself indulge vain wishes.
— Rabindranath Tagore
My heart today smiles at its past night of tears
like a wet tree glistening in the sun
after the rain is over.

tears

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

attitude

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

service

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

love ultimate reality

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

universalism

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

today

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

truth

When old words die out on the tongue, new melodies break forth from the heart; and where the old tracks are lost, new country is revealed with its wonders.

words

If you sit down crying because the sun has set, you miss the privilege of seeing the stars.  Sorrow for what you have lost should not make you neglect that which comes in its place.

loss

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

optimistic