Rabindranath Tagore Quotes

“It is very simple to be happy but it is very difficult to be simple.” – Rabindranath Tagore

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

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

“Great calm, generous detachment, selfless love, 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

“The greed for fruit misses the flower.” – Rabindranath Tagore

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

“The hidden clash of a silent conflict like this is far harder to bear than an open quarrel.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“When man was being made, the Creator was a schoolmaster— His bag full of commandments and principles; but when He came to woman, He resigned His headmastership and turned artist, with only His brush and paint-box.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us.” – Rabindranath Tagore

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

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

“He who wants to do good knocks at the gate. He who loves, find the gate opened.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“It was always the poor grass that suffered most when two kings went to war.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“I have only one prayer to offer to God, and it is that when I have been driven out of every society He will give me shelter at His own feet.” – Rabindranath Tagore

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

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

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

“Perhaps the crescent moon smiles in doubt at being told that it is a fragment awaiting perfection.” – Rabindranath Tagore

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

“If my heart is breaking—let it break! That will not make the world bankrupt nor even me; for man is so much greater than the things he loses in this life.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“What you are you do not see, what you see is your shadow.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“The echo mocks her origin to prove she is the original.” – 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

“The Stronger is the imagination the less imaginary it is” – Rabindranath Tagore

“In Art, man reveals himself and not his objects.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“The world has kissed my Soul with its pain, asking for its return in Songs.” – 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 

“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

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 Quotes

“Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“Sin is the blurring of truth which clouds the purity of our consciousness. In sin we lust after pleasures, not because they are truly desirable, but because the red light of our passions makes them appear desirable; we long for things not because they are great in themselves, but because our greed exaggerates them and makes them appear great.” – Rabindranath Tagore

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

“Men are cruel, but Man is kind.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“There is one straight road – if you open your eyes you can go along it. I don’t see the need to search for all sorts of clever short cuts. Happiness and sadness are both on the road – there is no road that avoids them – but peace is found only on this road, nowhere else.” – 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

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

“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.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“Not hammer strokes, but dance of the water, sings the pebbles into perfection.” – 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

“If he is weak enough to grow smaller to fit himself to his covering, then it becomes a process of gradual suicide by shrinkage of the soul.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“Your idol is shattered in the dust to prove that God’s dust is greater than your idol.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time like dew on the tip of a leaf.” – Rabindranath Tagore

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

“Small wisdom is like water in a glass: clear, transparent and pure. Great wisdom is like water in the sea: dark, mysterious and impenetrable.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“Where there is no love, where listeners are dumb, there never can be song.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“The soil in return for her service keeps the tree tied to her; the sky asks nothing and leaves it free.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“The roots below the earth claim no rewards for making the branches fruitful.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“Those who wish to sit, shut their eyes, and meditate to know if the world’s true or lies, may do so. It’s their choice. But I meanwhile with hungry eyes that can’t be satisfied shall take a look at the world in broad daylight.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“When you have finished with others, that is my time.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“As a flower plucked from a tree gradually droops and shrivels, love that avoids the harsh realities of practical life cannot thrive on its own resources.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“The greatest changes in a woman’s nature are wrought by love; in a man’s, by ambition.” – 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

“Let me think that there is one among those stars that guides my life through the dark unknown.” – Rabindranath Tagore

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

“The spirit of rejection finds its support in the consciousness of separateness; the spirit of acceptance finds its base in the consciousness of unity.” – Rabindranath Tagore

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

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

“Music fills the infinite between two souls.” – Rabindranath Tagore

 “No one should add to the burden of the world, but that each should try to lighten it.” – 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

“For the worthy there are many rewards on God’s earth, but God has specially reserved love for the unworthy.” – Rabindranath Tagore

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

“I seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times, in life after life, in age after age forever.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“He who has the knowledge has the responsibility to impart it to the students.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“The world speaks to me in pictures, my soul answers in music.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“Woman knows man well enough where he is weak, but she is quite unable to fathom him where he is strong. The fact is that man is as much a mystery to woman as woman is to man. If that were not so, the separation of the sexes would only have been a waste of Nature’s energy.” – Rabindranath Tagore

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

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

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

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

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

“By plucking petals, you do not gather the beauty of a flower.”  – Rabindranath Tagore

“Read books when you are free, read minds when you aren’t, but do read.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“They knew that mere appearance and disappearance are on the surface like waves on the sea, but life which is permanent knows no decay or diminution.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“And because I love this life, I know I shall love death as well.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“The modern age has brought the geography of the earth near to us, but made it difficult for us to come into touch with man.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“The singer alone does not make a song. There has to be someone who hears.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“If one had to fill in, little by little, the gap between day and night, it would take an eternity to do it. But the sun rises and the darkness is dispelled- a moment is sufficient to overcome an infinite distance.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“Inspiration follows aspiration.” – Rabindranath Tagore

 “Children are living beings – more living than grown-up people who have built shells of habit around themselves. Therefore it is absolutely necessary for their mental health and development that they should not have mere schools for their lessons, but a world whose guiding spirit is personal love.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“The stars are not afraid to appear like fireflies.” – Rabindranath Tagore

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

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

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

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

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

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

“I shall not commit the grievous sin of losing faith in Man.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“Even he whose near ones have all died, one by one, is not alone-companionship comes for him from behind the screen of death.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“The winds of grace are blowing all the time, but it is you that must raise your sails.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“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.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“Every child comes with a message that God is not yet discouraged of man.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“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.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“For we women are not only the deities of the household fire, but the flame of the soul itself.” – 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

“Love is an endless mystery, for it has nothing else to explain it.” – Rabindranath Tagore

Love is an endless mystery, for it has nothing else to explain it.  - Rabindranath Tagore Quotes

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

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

“Those in this world who have the courage to try and solve in their own lives new problems of life are the ones who raise society to greatness! Those who merely live according to rule do not advance society, they only carry it along.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“The flower which is single need not envy the thorns that are numerous.” – 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

“Pride engraves his frowns in stones; love offers her surrender in flowers.” – 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 real friendship is like fluorescence, it shines better when everything has darken.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“The greedy man who is fond of his fish stew has no compunction in cutting up the fish according to his need. But the man who loves the fish wants to enjoy it in the water.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“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.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“If no one responds to your call, be not afraid to walk alone.” – Rabindranath Tagore

If no one responds to your call, be not afraid to walk alone. - Rabindranath Tagore Quotes

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

“When a material body breaks it may be put together again. But when two human beings are divided, after a long separation, they never re-unite at the same place, and to the same time; for the mind is a living thing, and moment by moment it grows and changes.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“For what are obstacles to the lower creatures are opportunities to the higher life of man.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“Death belongs to life as birth does. The walk is in the raising of the foot as in the laying of it down.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“We gain freedom when we have paid the full price.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“When you came you cried and everybody smiled with joy; when you go smile and let the world cry for you.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“The world loved man when he smiled. The world became afraid of him when he laughed.” – Rabindranath Tagore

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

“Never be afraid of the moments. Thus sings the voice of the everlasting.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“My dearest life, I know you are not mine forever; but do love me even if it’s for this moment. After that I shall vanish into the forest where you cast me, I won’t ask anyone for anything again. Give me something that can last me till I die.” – Rabindranath Tagore

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

“Happiness is like those stars. They don’t cover all the darkness; there are gaps between. We make mistakes in life and we misunderstand, and yet there remain gaps through which truth shines.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“The newer people, of this modern age, are more eager to amass than to realize.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“Human society is a web of mistakes; nobody has the sense to do the right thing at the right time, and when the chance is gone we break our hearts over vain longings.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“Essentially man is not a slave either of himself or of the world; but he is a lover. His freedom and fulfilment is in love, which is another name for perfect comprehension.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” – Rabindranath Tagore

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. - 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

“Love is not a mere impulse, it must contain truth, which is law.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“Beauty is simple reality seen with the eyes of love” – Rabindranath Tagore

“God may grand us gifts, but the merit of being able to take and hold them must be our own. Alas for the boons that slip through unworthy hands!” – Rabindranath Tagore

“Ask me no questions, and I will tell you no lies.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“Deliverance is not for me in renunciation. I feel the embrace of freedom in a thousand bonds of delight.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“Let your love see me even through the barrier of nearness.” – 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

“Those who own much have much to fear.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“The highest mission of education is to help us to realize the inner principle of the unity of all knowledge and all the activities of our social and spiritual being.” – Rabindranath Tagore

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

“He who is too busy doing good finds no time to be good.” – 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

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

“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.” – 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


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