Rabindranath Tagore was a polymath, poet, musician, and artist. He was also known as Gurudev, Kabiguru, and Biswakabi. He is known for mutating the Bengali literature and music as well as Indian art with contextual modernism during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Read more >>
Best of Rabindranath Tagore Quotes
The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.
Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
Men are cruel, but Man is kind.
Nirvana is not the blowing out of the candle. It is the extinguishing of the flame because day is come.
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.
Faith is the that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.
These paper boats of mine are meant to dance on the ripples of hours, and not reach any destination.
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.
Let my thoughts come to you, when I am gone, like the afterglow of sunset at the margin of starry silence.
Deliverance is not for me in renunciation. I feel the embrace of freedom in a thousand bonds of delight.
Only in love are unity and duality not in conflict.
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.
God waits to win back his own flowers as gifts from man’s hands.
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.
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.
I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.
Once we dreamt that we were strangers. We wake up to find that we were dear to each other.
Inspiration follows aspiration.
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.
He alone may chastise who loves.
The echo mocks her origin to prove she is the original.
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.
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.
Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.
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.
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.
You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
Beauty is simply reality seen with the eyes of love
To tyrannize for the country is to tyrannize over the country
In Art, man reveals himself and not his objects.
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.
When you came you cried and everybody smiled with joy; when you go smile and let the world cry for you.
I have spent many days stringing and unstringing my instrument while the song I came to sing remains unsung.
The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
I will sit in the pupil of your eyes and that will carry your sight into the heart of the things
If no one responds to your call, then go your own way alone.
Dreams can never be made captive.
We cross infinity with every step; we meet eternity in every second.
he real friendship is like fluorescence, it shines better when everything has darkened.
Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for she was born in another time.
I understand the voice of your stars and the silence of your trees.
Whatever we understand and enjoy in human products instantly becomes ours, wherever they might have their origin… Let me feel with unalloyed gladness that all the great glories of man are mine.
Love is an endless mystery, because there is no reasonable cause that could explain it.
Never be afraid of the moments–thus sings the voice of the everlasting.
I have lost my dewdrop”, cries the flower to the morning sky that lost all its stars
For we women are not only the deities of the household fire, but the flame of the soul itself.
We live in the world when we love it.
The singer alone does not make a song, there has to be someone who hears.
The greed for fruit misses the flower.
Rabindranath Tagore short biography
Rabindranath Tagore was a polymath, poet, musician, and artist. He was also known as Gurudev, Kabiguru, and Biswakabi. He is known for mutating the Bengali literature and music as well as Indian art with contextual modernism during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
In 1913, he became the very first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Rabindranath was the author of the “profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse” of Gitanjali. Rabindranath Tagore’s poetic songs were viewed as spiritual and mercurial, however, his “elegant prose and magical poetry” remain widely unknown to the rest of the world outside Bengal. He often sometimes referred to as “ The Bawdy Bard Of Bengal”.
Rabindranath Tagore was born on 7th May in 1861 in the Jorasanko mansion in Calcutta. He was the youngest of all the thirteen surviving children. He was a Brahmo with ancestral gentry roots in Jessore.
He started writing poetry while he was eight years old. At the age of sixteen, Rabindranath Tagore released his first substantial poems under the alias of Bhanusiṃha. Those poems are seized upon by literature authorities as long lost classics.
By 1877, his short stories and dramas start getting published under his real name. He was a universalist, humanist, internationalist and anti-nationalist. He denounced the British Raj in India and advocated for independence from Britain.
His legacy expands to short stories, dramas, poetry, paintings, sketches and doodles, hundreds of texts, about two thousand songs and the institution he founded- Visva Bharati University.
Rabindranath Tagore modernized Bengali art by using rigid classical forms and linguistic structures. His work in novels, stories, songs, dance-dramas, and essays spoke about topics that are political and personal.
Some of his novels were praised for lyricism, colloquialism, naturalism, and unnatural contemplation.some of his best-known works, such as Gitanjali, Gora, and Ghare-Baire (The Home and the World). His lyrics were selected by two nations as national anthems: India’s Jana Gana Mana and Bangladesh’s Amar Shonar Bangla.