Rabindranath Tagore Quotes – 100+ Most Inspiring Quotes

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Hello Reader, In this article, we collect and share 100+ Rabindranath Tagore Quotes. Nobel prize winner Rabindranath Tagore FRAS, also known by his pen name Bhanu Singha Thakur, and also known by his sobriquets Gurudev, Kabiguru, and Biswakabi, was a polymath, poet, musician, and artist from the Indian subcontinent. So read and share all quotes. Rabindranath Tagore Quotes can inspire you on success, life, and love.

100+ Rabindranath Tagore Quotes

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

 

I slept and dreamt that life was a joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy. 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

 

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

 

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

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

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Rabindranath Tagore quotes

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

 

I am restless. I am athirst for faraway things. My soul goes out in a longing to touch the skirt of the dim distance. O Great Beyond, O the keen call of thy flute! I forget, I ever forget, that I have no wings to fly, that I am bound in this spot evermore. 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

 

Our nature is obscured by work done by the compulsion of want or fear. The mother reveals herself in the service of her children, so our true freedom is not the freedom from the action but freedom in action, which can only be attained in the work of love. Rabindranath Tagore

 

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

 

A teacher can never truly teach unless he is still learning himself. A lamp can never light another lamp unless it continues to burn its own flame. The teacher who has come to the end of his subject, who has no living traffic with his knowledge but merely repeats his lesson to his students, can only load their minds, he cannot quicken them. – 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

Rabindranath Tagore quotes
Rabindranath Tagore quotes

Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on. – Rabindranath Tagore

 

Nirvana is not the blowing out of the candle. It is the extinguishing of the flame because the day comes. Rabindranath Tagore

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The real friendship is like fluorescence; it shines better when everything has darkened. Rabindranath Tagore

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Rabindranath Tagore quotes

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Age considers; youth ventures. Rabindranath Tagore

 

Don’t limit a child to your own learning.- Rabindranath Tagore

 

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high Where knowledge is free. Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore quotes
Rabindranath Tagore quotes

I seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times, in life after life, in age after age forever. 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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The smile that flickers on a baby’s lips when he sleeps- does anyone know where it was born? Yes, there is a rumor that a young pale beam of a crescent moon touched the edge of a vanishing autumn cloud, and there the smile was first born in the dream of a dew-washed morning. Rabindranath Tagore

 

No civilized society can thrive upon victims, whose humanity has been permanently mutilated. Rabindranath Tagore

 

Love does not claim possession but gives freedom. Rabindranath Tagore

 

What is Art? It is the response of man’s creative soul to the call of the Real. Rabindranath Tagore

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Go not to the temple to put flowers upon the feet of God, first fill your own house with the fragrance of love. Go not to the temple to light candles before the altar of God, first remove the darkness of sin from your heart. Go not to the temple to bow down your head in prayer, first learn to bow in humility before your fellow men. Go not to the temple to pray on bended knees, first bend down to lift someone who is downtrodden. Go not to the temple to ask for forgiveness for your sins, first forgive from your heart those who have sinned against you. Rabindranath Tagore

 

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

 

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

 

Depth of friendship does not depend on the length of acquaintance.— RABINDRANATH TAGORE

 

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

 

Emancipation from the bondage of the soil is no freedom for the tree. 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

 

All that is not given is lost. Rabindranath Tagore

 

 Facts are many, but the truth is one. 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

 

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

 

The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life. Rabindranath Tagore

 

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

 

Your idol is shattered in the dust to prove that God’s dust is greater than your idol. 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

 

Men are cruel, but Man is kind. — RABINDRANATH TAGORE

 

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

 

The greed for fruit misses the flower. Rabindranath Tagore

 

In India, the measure of a singer’s freedom is in his own creative personality. He can sing the composer’s song as his own if he has the power creatively to assert himself in his interpretation of the general law of the melody which he is given to interpret. Rabindranath Tagore

 

We live in a world when we love it. Rabindranath Tagore

 

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

 

When we accept any discipline for ourselves, we try to avoid everything except that which is necessary for our purpose; it is this purposefulness, which belongs to the adult mind, that we force upon school children. We say, Never keep your mind alert. Rabindranath Tagore

 

That side of our existence whose direction is towards the infinite seeks not wealth, but freedom and joy. – Rabindranath Tagore

 

let us unite, not in spite of our differences, but through them. For differences can never be wiped away, and life would be so much the poorer without them. Let all human races keep their own personalities, and yet come together, not in a uniformity that is dead, but in a unity that is living. – Rabindranath Tagore

 

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

 

In Art, the man reveals himself and not his objects. 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

 

Those who own much have much to fear. — RABINDRANATH TAGORE

 

 I have spent many days stringing and unstringing my instrument while the song I came to sing remains unsung. Rabindranath Tagore

 

Inspiration follows aspiration. Rabindranath Tagore

 

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. Rabindranath Tagore

 

The flower which is single needs not envy the thorns that are numerous. Rabindranath Tagore

 

Asks the Possible of the Impossible, “Where is your dwelling-place?” “In the dreams of the Impotent,” comes the answer. Rabindranath Tagore

 

Discipline divorced from wisdom is not true discipline, but merely the meaningless following of custom, which is only a disguise for stupidity. 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

 

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

 

He who wants to do good knocks at the gate: he who loves finds the door open. — 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

 

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

 

In the world’s audience hall, the simple blade of grass sits on the same carpet with the sunbeams and the stars of the midnight. Rabindranath Tagore

 

To understand anything is to find in it something which is our own, and it is the discovery of ourselves outside us which makes us glad. This relation of understanding is partial, but the relation of love is complete. In love the sense of difference. Rabindranath Tagore

 

Great calm, generous detachment, selfless love, the 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

 

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

 

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

 

The problem is not how to wipe out all differences, but how to unite with all differences intact. — RABINDRANATH TAGORE

 

The stars are not afraid to appear like fireflies.  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

 

God, the Great Giver, can open the whole universe to our gaze in the narrow space of a single land. Rabindranath Tagore

 

In love, all the contradictions of existence merge themselves and are lost. Only in love are unity and duality not at variance. Love must be one and two at the same time. Only love is motion and rest in one. Our heart ever changes its place till it fins. Rabindranath Tagore

 

The main object of teaching is not to give explanations, but to knock at the doors of the mind. 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

 

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

 

The fish in the water is silent, the animals on the earth are 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

 

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

 

The meaning of our self is not to be found in its separateness from God and others, but in the ceaseless realization of yoga, of union; not on the side of the canvas where it is blank, but on the side where the picture is being painted. – Rabindranath Tagore

 

There is a point wherein the mystery of existence contradictions meet; where movement is not all movement and stillness is not all stillness; where the idea and the form, the within and the without, are united; where infinite becomes finite, yet not. Rabindranath Tagore

 

Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls. Where words come out from the depth of truth, where tireless striving stretches its arms toward perfection. Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit. Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action. In to that heaven of freedom, my father, LET MY COUNTRY AWAKE! Rabindranath Tagore

 

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

 

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 singer alone does not make a song, there has to be someone who hears. — RABINDRANATH TAGORE

 

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

 

It is docile who achieve the most impossible things in this world. Rabindranath Tagore

 

The current of the world has its boundaries, otherwise, it could have no existence, but its purpose is not shown in the boundaries which restrain it, but in its movement, which is toward perfection. The wonder is not that there should be obstacles and. Rabindranath Tagore

 

Compliments win friends, honesty loses them. 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

 

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

 

Only in love are unity and duality not in conflict. 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. Rabindranath Tagore

 

The question of why it is evil in existence is the same as why there is imperfection… But this is the real question we ought to ask: Is this imperfection the final truth, is evil absolute and ultimate? Rabindranath Tagore

 

Life itself is a strange mixture. We have to take it as it is, try to understand it, and then to better it. Rabindranath Tagore

 

Not hammer-strokes, but the dance of the water, sings the pebbles into perfection. Rabindranath Tagore

 

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

 

O master poet, I have sat down at thy feet. Only let me make my life simple and straight, like a flute of reed for thee to fill with music. Rabindranath Tagore

 

Truth cannot afford to be tolerant where it faces positive evil. Rabindranath Tagore

 

Set the bird’s wings with gold and it will never again soar in the sky. Rabindranath Tagore

 

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

 

 For we women are not only the deities of the household fire but the flame of the soul itself.  Rabindranath Tagore

 

Religion, like poetry, is not a mere idea, it is expression. The self-expression of God is in the endless variety of creation, and our attitude toward the Infinite Being must also in its expression have a variety of individuality ceaseless and unending. Rabindranath Tagore

 

The potentiality of perfection outweighs actual contradictions… Existence in itself is here to prove that it cannot be evil. Rabindranath Tagore

 

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

 

The Taj Mahal rises above the banks of the river like a solitary tear suspended on the cheek of time. Rabindranath Tagore

 

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

 

I believe in a spiritual world – not as anything separate from this world – but as its innermost truth. With the breath, we draw we must always feel this truth, that we are living in God. Rabindranath Tagore

 

In our desire for eternal life, we pray for an eternity of our habit and comfort, forgetting that immortality is in repeatedly transcending the definite forms of life in order to pursue the infinite truth of life. Rabindranath Tagore

 

The weak can be terrible because they try furiously to appear strong. Rabindranath Tagore

 

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

 

Alas, why are my nights all thus lost? Ah, why do I ever miss his sight whose breath touches my sleep? Rabindranath Tagore

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