Rabindranath Tagore Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

Love is the ultimate truth at the heart of creation.
- Rabindranath Tagore

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

Love is the ultimate meaning of everything around us.
Love is not a mere sentiment.
Love is the ultimate truth at the heart of creation.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Love ... waits to be accepted.
- Rabindranath Tagore

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

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

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

Love is not a mere sentiment.
Love is the ultimate truth at the heart of creation.
- Rabindranath Tagore

We live in the world when we love it.
- 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

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

Facts are many, but the truth is one.
- Rabindranath Tagore

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

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

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

Your idol is shattered in the dust to prove that God's dust is greater than your idol.
- Rabindranath Tagore

We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility.
- 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 mountain remains unmoved at seeming defeat by the mist.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The false can never grow into truth by growing in power.
- Rabindranath Tagore

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

Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.
- Rabindranath Tagore

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

To be outspoken is easy when you do not wait to speak the complete truth.
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By plucking her petals,
you do not gather the beauty of the flower.
- Rabindranath Tagore

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

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

The fact that I exist is a perpetual surprise.
- Rabindranath Tagore

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

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

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

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

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

We try to realize the essential unity of the world
with the conscious soul of man;
we learn to perceive the unity held together
by the one Eternal Spirit,
whose power creates the earth, the sky, and the stars,
and at the same time irradiates our mind.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Music fills the infinite between two souls.
- Rabindranath Tagore

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

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

Age considers; youth ventures.
Rabindranath Tagore

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

Indeed, it is a great pity that Europeans have come to us as imperialists rather than as Christians and so have deprived our people of their true contact with the religion of Jesus Christ…What a mental torture it is to know that men are capable of loving each other and adding to one another’s joy, and yet would not!” Rabindranath Tagore, (from Selected Letters of Rabindranath Tagore, Ed. Krishna Dutta and Andrew Robinson, Cambridge University Press, 1997)

"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


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