124+ Best Rabindranath Tagore Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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. Profoundly inspirational Rabindranath Tagore quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

Famous Rabindranath Tagore Quotes

Unless you have found God in your own soul, the whole world will seem meaningless to you. – Rabindranath Tagore

A butterfly flitting from flower to flower ever remains mine, I lose the one that is netted by me. – Rabindranath Tagore

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

Languages are jealous sovereigns, and passports are rarely allowed for travellers to cross their strictly guarded borders. – Rabindranath Tagore

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

With begging and scrambling we find very little, but with being true to ourselves we find a great deal more. – Rabindranath Tagore

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

Our scientific world is our world of reasoning. It has its greatness and uses and attractions. We are ready to pay homage due to it. But when it claims to have discovered the real world for us and laughs at the worlds of all simple-minded men, then we must say it is like a general grown intoxicated with his power, usurping the throne of his king – Rabindranath Tagore

It is no easy task to lead men. But it is easy enough to drive them. – Rabindranath Tagore

Music fills the infinite between two souls. – Rabindranath Tagore

Love gives beauty to everything it touches. – Rabindranath Tagore

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

Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain but for the heart to conquer it. – Rabindranath Tagore

Music is the purest form of art, and therefore the most direct expression of beauty, with a form and spirit which is one and simple, and least encumbered with anything extraneous. We seem to feel that the manifestation of the infinite in the finite forms of creation is music itself, silent and visible. – Rabindranath Tagore

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

And 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. – Rabindranath Tagore

It sometimes strikes me how immensely fortunate I am that each day should take its place in my life, either reddened with the rising and setting sun, or refreshingly cool with deep, dark clouds, or blooming like a white flower in the moonlight. What untold wealth! – Rabindranath Tagore

The real frienship is like fluorescence, it shines better when everything has darken. – Rabindranath Tagore

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

When our universe is in harmony with man, the eternal, we know it as truth, we feel it as beauty. – 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

Art 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. – Rabindranath Tagore

The most important lesson that man can learn from life, is not that there is pain in this world, but that it is possible for him to transmute it into joy. – Rabindranath Tagore

When I go from hence, let this be my parting word, that what I have seen is unsurpassable. I have tasted of the hidden honey of this lotus that expands on the ocean of light, and thus I am blessed-let this be my parting word. In this playhouse of infinite forms I have had my play and here have I caught sight of him who is formless. My whole body and my limbs have thrilled with his touch who is beyond touch; and if the end comes here, let it come-let this be my parting word. – Rabindranath Tagore

To tyrannize for the country is to tyrannize over the country – Rabindranath Tagore

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

Love is an endless mystery, because there is no reasonable cause that could explain it. – Rabindranath Tagore

Give Me Strength This is my prayer to thee, my lord—strike, strike at the root of penury in my heart. Give me the strength lightly to bear my joys and sorrows. Give me the strength to make my love fruitful in service. Give me the strength never to disown the poor or bend my knees before insolent might. Give me the strength to raise my mind high above daily trifles. And give me the strength to surrender my strength to thy will with love. – Rabindranath Tagore

Men are cruel, but Man is kind. – Rabindranath Tagore

Death’s stamp gives value to the coin of life; making it possible to buy with life what is truly precious. – Rabindranath Tagore

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

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

Great suffering brings with it the power of great endurance. When sorrow is deepest all the forces of patience and courage are banded together to do their duty. So while we are cowards before petty troubles, great sorrows make us brave by rousing our truer manhood. – Rabindranath Tagore

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

We cannot look upon our lives as dreams of a dreamer who has no awakening in all time. We have a personality to which matter and force are unmeaning unless related to something infinitely personal, whose nature we have discovered, in some measure, in human love, in the greatness of the good, in the martyrdom of heroic souls, in the ineffable beauty of nature, which can never be a mere physical fact nor anything but an expression of personality. – 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

Memory, the priestess, kills the present and offers its heart to the shrine of the dead past. – Rabindranath Tagore

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

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

Those who think to reach God by running away from the world, when and where do they expect to meet him? We are reaching him here in this very spot, now at this very moment. – Rabindranath Tagore

Love is when the soul starts to sing and the flowers of your life bloom on their own. – Rabindranath Tagore

Thou hast made me endless, such is thy pleasure. This frail vessel thou emptiest again and again, and fillest it ever with fresh life. – Rabindranath Tagore

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

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

Man is worse than an animal when he is an animal. – Rabindranath Tagore

The meaning of this is, that whomsoever we love, in him we find our own soul in the highest sense. The final truth of our existence lies in this. God, the Supreme Soul, is in me, as well as in my son, and my joy in my son is the realisation of this truth. – Rabindranath Tagore

Inspiration follows aspiration. – 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

God waits to win back his own flowers as gifts from man’s hands. – Rabindranath Tagore

I do not love him because he is good, but because he is my child. – Rabindranath Tagore

From the grasses in the field to the stars in the sky, each one is doing just that; and there is such profound peace and surpassing beauty in nature because none of these tries forcibly to transgress its limitations. – Rabindranath Tagore

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

The problem is not how to wipe out all differences, but how to unite with all differences intact. – Rabindranath Tagore

It dances today, my heart, like a peacock it dances, it dances. It sports a mosaic of passions like a peacock’s tail, It soars to the sky with delight, it quests, Oh wildly, it dances today, my heart, like a peacock it dances. – Rabindranath Tagore

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

If religion, instead of being the manifestation of a spiritual ideal, gives prominence to scriptures and external rites, then does it disturb the peace more than anything else. – Rabindranath Tagore

The world has kissed my Soul with its pain, asking for its return in Songs. – Rabindranath Tagore

There is a moral law in this world which has its application both to individuals and organized bodies of men. You cannot go on violating these laws in the name of your nation, yet enjoy their advantage as individuals. We may forget truth for our conv – Rabindranath Tagore

Only those of tranquil minds, and none else, can attain abiding joy, by realizing within their souls the Being who manifests one essence in a multiplicity of forms. – Rabindranath Tagore

The best kind of wealth is to give up inordinate desires. – Rabindranath Tagore

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

The pious sectarian is proud because he is confident of his right of possession in God. The man of devotion is meek because he is conscious of God’s right of love over his life and soul. – Rabindranath Tagore

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

We are like newborn children, Our power is the power to grow. – Rabindranath Tagore

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

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

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

The greed of gain has no time or limit to its capaciousness. Its one object is to produce and consume. It has pity neither for beautiful nature nor for living human beings. It is ruthlessly ready without a moment’s hesitation to crush beauty and life. – Rabindranath Tagore

We are hidden in ourselves, like a truth hidden in isolated facts. When we know that this One in us is One in all, then our truth is revealed. – Rabindranath Tagore

Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them. Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it. Life is perpetually creative because it contains in itself that surplus which ever overflows the boundaries of the immediate time and space, restlessly pursuing its adventure of expression in the varied forms of self-realization. The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence. – Rabindranath Tagore

Thou hast brought the distant near and made a brother of the stranger. – Rabindranath Tagore

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

Dark clouds become heaven’s flowers when kissed by light. – 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

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

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

I am able to love my God because He gives me freedom to deny Him. – Rabindranath Tagore

If you shed tears when you miss the sun, you also miss the stars. – Rabindranath Tagore

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

Merely to exist is not enough. – Rabindranath Tagore

Whatever we treasure for ourselves separates us from others; our possessions are our limitations. – Rabindranath Tagore

The heart wants to go on; that is its dharma. For unless it moves, it dies. – Rabindranath Tagore

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom. – Rabindranath Tagore

When the heart is hard and parched up, come upon me with a shower of mercy. When grace is lost from life, come with a burst of song. When tumultuous work raises its din on all sides shutting me out from beyond, come to me, my lord of silence, with thy peace and rest. When my beggarly heart sits crouched, shut up in a corner, break open the door, my king, and come with the ceremony of a king. When desire blinds the mind with delusion and dust, O thou holy one, thou wakeful, come with thy light and thy thunder. – Rabindranath Tagore

Your love keeps me afloat but will remain the anchor in my soul… I don’t really have words to describe how romantic I find that. Your love is what keeps me going, but it’s also the anchor that keeps me close to you. I love it! – Rabindranath Tagore

It is the same life that emerges in joy through the dust of the earth into numberless waves of flower. – Rabindranath Tagore

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

Let me light my lamp, says the star, And never debate if it will help to remove the darkness – Rabindranath Tagore

I have on my table a violin string. It is free to move in any direction I like. If I twist one end, it responds; it is free. But it is not free to sing. So I take it and fix it into my violin. I bind it and when it is bound, it is free for the first time to sing. – 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 down trodden. 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

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

Overstraining is the enemy of accomplishment. Calm strength that arises from a deep and inexhaustible source is what brings success. – Rabindranath Tagore

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

In death the many become one; in life the one become many. – Rabindranath Tagore

The past is always with us, for nothing that once was time can ever depart. – Rabindranath Tagore

One who has never known the turbulence of life, in whom the petals of the mysterious flower within have never opened; such a one may seem happy, may seem a saint, his single track mind may impress the multitude with its power – but he is ill equipped for life’s true adventure into the infinite. – Rabindranath Tagore

In Art, man reveals himself and not his objects. – Rabindranath Tagore

Who are you, reader, reading my poems an hundred years hence? I cannot send you one single flower from this wealth of the spring, one single streak of gold from yonder clouds. Open your doors and look abroad. From your blossoming garden gather fragrant memories of the vanished flowers of an hundred years before. In the joy of your heart may you feel the living joy that sang one spring morning, sending its glad voice across a hundred years. – Rabindranath Tagore

At the immortal touch of thy hands my little heart loses its limits in joy and gives birth to utterance ineffable. – Rabindranath Tagore

Life’s fulfillment finds constant obstacles in its path; but those are necessary for the sake of its advance. The stream is saved from the sluggishness of its current by the perpetual opposition of the soil through which it must cut its way. The spirit of fight belongs to the genius of life. – Rabindranath Tagore

Beauty, find thyself in love, not in the flattery of thy mirror. – Rabindranath Tagore

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

Night’s darkness is a bag that bursts with the gold of the dawn. – 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

For 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. – Rabindranath Tagore

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

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

Where is heaven? you ask me, my child,-the sages tell us it is beyond the limits of birth and death, unswayed by the rhythm of day and night; it is not of the earth. But your poet knows that its eternal hunger is for time and space, and it strives evermore to be born in the fruitful dust. Heaven is fulfilled in your sweet body, my child, in your palpitating heart. The sea is beating its drums in joy, the flowers are a-tiptoe to kiss you. For heaven is born in you, in the arms of the mother- dust. – Rabindranath Tagore

The higher nature in man always seeks for something which transcends itself and yet is its deepest truth; which claims all its sacrifice, yet makes this sacrifice its own recompense. This is man’s dharma, man’s religion, and man’s self is the vessel. – Rabindranath Tagore

Who are you, a hundred years from today, reading my poetry with curiosity? – Rabindranath Tagore

If life’s journey be endless where is its goal? The answer is, it is everywhere. We are in a palace which has no end, but which we have reached. By exploring it and extending our relationship with it we are ever making it more and more our own. – 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

Man is immortal; therefore he must die endlessly. For life is a creative idea; it can only find itself in changing forms – Rabindranath Tagore

A lamp can only light another lamp when it continues to burn in its own flame. – Rabindranath Tagore

I leave no trace of wings in the air, but I am glad I have had my flight. – 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

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

Compliments win friends, honesty loses them. – Rabindranath Tagore

The birds looked upon me as nothing but a man, quite a trifling creature without wings-and they would have nothing to do with me. Were it not so I would build a small cabin for myself among their crowd of nests and pass my days counting the sea waves. – Rabindranath Tagore

The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers. – 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

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