Rabindranath Tagore Quotes | Quotes by Rabindranath Tagore

1We cross infinity with every step; we meet eternity in every second.

2Love remains a secret even when spoken, for only a true lover truly knows that he is loved.

3I 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.

4when you came you cried and everybody smiled with joy; when you go smile and let the world cry for you.

5And because I love this life I know I shall love death as well The child cries out when From the right breast the mother Takes it away, in the very next moment To find in the left one Its consolation.

6Do not linger to gather flowers to keep them, but walk on, for flowers will keep themselves blooming all your way.

7Most 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.

8Patriotism 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.

9Plunge into the deep without fear, with the gladness of April in your heart.

10The cure for all the illness of life is stored in the inner depth of life itself, the access to which becomes possible when we are alone. This solitude is a world in itself, full of wonders and resources unthought of. It is absurdly near; yet so unapproachably distant.

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11For many years, at great cost, I traveled through many countries, saw the high mountains, the oceans. The only things I did not see were the sparkling dewdrops in the grass just outside my door.

12The flower which is single need not envy the thorns that are numerous.

13Praise shames me, for I secretly beg for it.

14Night's darkness is a bag that bursts with the gold of the dawn.

15O Woman, you are not merely the handiwork of God, but also of men; these are ever endowing you with beauty from their own hearts ... You are one-half woman and one-half dream.

16The meaning of the living words that come out of the experiences of great hearts can never be exhausted by any one system of logical interpretation. They have to be endlessly explained by the commentaries of individual lives, and they gain an added mystery in each new revelation.

17If I call not thee in my prayers, if I keep not thee in my heart, thy love for me still waits for my love.

18We live in the world when we love it.

19Music fills the infinite between two souls.

20Drunk with the joy of singing I forget myself and call thee friend who art my lord.

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21I sit at my window gazing The world passes by, nods to me And is gone.

22I'm lost in the middle of my birthday. I want my friends, their touch, with the earth's last love. I will take life's final offering, I will take the last human blessing.

23According to the true Indian view, our consciousness of the world, merely as the sum total of things that exist, and as governed by laws, is imperfect. But it is perfect when our consciousness realizes all things as spiritually one with it, and there

24Bigotry tries to keep truth safe in its hand with a grip that kills it.

25Yet what each one does is by no means of little moment. The grass has to put forth all its energy to draw sustenance from the uttermost tips of its rootlets simply to grow where it is as grass; it does not vainly strive to become a banyan tree; and so the earth gains a lovely carpet of green.

26I am hidden in your heart, O Flower.

27Oh, grant me my prayer, that I may never lose the touch of the one in the play of the many.

28Please is frail like a dewdrop, while it laughs it dies. But sorrow is strong and abiding. Let sorrowful love wake in your eyes.

29By all means they try to hold me secure who love me in this world. But it is otherwise with thy love which is greater than theirs, and thout keepst me free. Lest I forgot them they never venture to leave me alone. But day passes by after day and thou art not seen. If I call not thee in my prayers, if I keep not thee in my heart, thy love for me still waits for my love.

30Life's aspirations come in the guise of children.

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31The burden of the self is lightened with I laugh at myself.

32If you want to know India, study Vivekananda. In him everything is positive and nothing negative.

33It is the docile who achieve the most impossible things in this world.

34If you allow your mind to carp at all and sundry, it will turn against itself: the majority of our sorrows are self-inflicted.

35Love is an endless mystery, for it has nothing else to explain it.

36According to the true Indian view, our consciousness of the world, merely as the sum total of things that exist, and as governed by laws, is imperfect. But it is perfect when our consciousness realizes all things as spiritually one with it, and therefore capable of giving us joy. For us the highest purpose of this world is not merely living in it, knowing it and making use of it, but realizing our own selves in it through expansion of sympathy; not alienating ourselves from it and dominating it, but comprehending and uniting it with ourselves in perfect union.

37The real frienship is like fluorescence, it shines better when everything has darken.

38Art awakens a sense of real by establishing an intimate relationship between our inner being and the universe at large, bringing us a consciousness of deep joy.

39When we rejoice in our fullness, then we can part with our fruits with joy.

40I never give answers. I lead on from one question to another. That is my leadership.

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41Let me not look for allies in life's battlefield,But to my own strength. Let me not crave in anxious fear to be saved,But for the patience to win my freedom.

42We manage to swallow flesh, only because we do not think of the cruel and sinful thing we do.

43Bees sip honey from flowers and hum their thanks when they leave. The gaudy butterfly is sure that the flowers owe thanks to him.

44The first flower that blossomed on this earth was an invitation to an unborn song.

45Wrong is wrong only when you are at liberty to choose.

46Pessimism is a form of mental dipsomania; it disdains healthy nourishment, indulges in the strong drink of denunciation, and creates an artificial dejection which thirsts for a stronger draught.

47In the drowsy dark cave of the mind dreams build their nest with fragments dropped from day's caravan.

48Those who are near me do not know that you are nearer to me than they are Those who speak to me do not know that my heart is full with your unspoken words Those who crowd in my path do not know that I am walking alone with you Those who love me do not know that their love brings you to my heart

49To the birds you gave songs, the birds gave you songs in return. You gave me only a voice, yet asked for more, thus I sing.

50He who wants to do good knocks at the gate: he who loves finds the door open.

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51When he has the power to see things detached from self-interest and from the insistent claims of the lust of the senses, then alone can he have the true vision of the beauty that is everywhere.

52My eyes have seen much, but they are not weary. My ears have heard much, but they thirst for more.

53Stray 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.

54Poems On Love Love adorns itself; it seeks to prove inward joy by outward beauty. Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom. Love is an endless mystery, for it has nothing else to explain it. Love's gift cannot be given, it waits to be accepted.

55The birth and death of leaves is part of that greater cycle that moves among the stars.

56A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it.

57Music is the purest form of art... therefore true poets...seek to express the universe in terms of music. The singer has everything within him. The notes come out from his very life. They are not materials gathered from outside.

58I thought that my voyage had come to its end at the last limit of my power, that the path before me was closed, that provisions were exhausted, and the time come to take shelter in a silent obscurity, but I find that thy will knows no end in me, and 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.

59The force of arms only reveals man s weakness.

60I thought that my invincible power would hold the world captive, leaving me in a freedom undisturbed. Thus night and day I worked at the chain with huge fires and cruel hard strokes. When at last the work was done and the links were complete and unbreakable, I found that it held me in its grip.