Rabindranath Tagore Famous Quotes, Thoughts & Slogans in English

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 >>

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Rabindranath Tagore Famous Quotes, Thoughts & Slogans in English

You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.

— 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

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

— Rabindranath Tagore

The roots below the earth claim no rewards for making the branches fruitful.

— Rabindranath Tagore

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.

— Rabindranath Tagore

Deliverance is not for me in renunciation. I feel the embrace of freedom in a thousand bonds of delight.

— 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

Perhaps the crescent moon smiles in doubt at being told that it is a fragment awaiting perfection.

— 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

Facts are many, but the truth is one.

— Rabindranath Tagore

I have lost my dewdrop”, cries the flower to the morning sky that lost all its stars

— Rabindranath Tagore

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

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

— Rabindranath Tagore

Let him only see the thorns who has eyes to see the rose.

— Rabindranath Tagore

It is very simple to be happy, but it is very difficult to be simple.

— 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

Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.

— Rabindranath Tagore

The stars are not afraid to appear like fireflies.

— Rabindranath Tagore

I understand the voice of your stars and the silence of your trees.

— 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

Dreams can never be made captive.

— Rabindranath Tagore

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.

— Rabindranath Tagore

In Art, man reveals himself and not his objects.

— Rabindranath Tagore

Come oh come ye tea-thirsty restless ones — the kettle boils, bubbles and sings, musically.

— Rabindranath Tagore

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

— Rabindranath Tagore

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.

— Rabindranath Tagore

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.

— Rabindranath Tagore

When I go from hence, let this be my parting word, that what I have seen is unsurpassable.

— Rabindranath Tagore

The biggest changes in a women’s nature are brought by love; in man, by ambition

— Rabindranath Tagore

We cross infinity with every step; we meet eternity in every second.

— Rabindranath Tagore

Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.

— Rabindranath Tagore

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.

— Rabindranath Tagore

If no one responds to your call, then go your own way alone.

— 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

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

Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for she was born in another time.

— Rabindranath Tagore

I will sit in the pupil of your eyes and that will carry your sight into the heart of the things

— Rabindranath Tagore

Once we dreamt that we were strangers. We wake up to find that we were dear to each other.

— Rabindranath Tagore

Let me light my lamp”, says the star, “And never debate if it will help to remove the darkness

— Rabindranath Tagore

Nirvana is not the blowing out of the candle. It is the extinguishing of the flame because day is come.

— 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

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

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

— Rabindranath Tagore

Love’s gift cannot be given, it waits to be accepted.

— Rabindranath Tagore

He who has the knowledge has the responsibility to impart it to the students.

— Rabindranath Tagore

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.

— Rabindranath Tagore

By plucking her petals you do not gather the beauty of the flower.

— 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

The sparrow is sorry for the peacock at the burden of its tail.

— 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

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.

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