26 Famous and Enthralling Quotes By Rabindranath Tagore

26 Famous Quotes by Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore, a great poet, writer, artist, and a Nobel laureate from India, has contributed greatly to the field of literature. A visionary, and torch-bearing personality with deep profound thoughts, his quotes will certainly chant a hymn that our hearts will truly understand. Be it nature, religion, god, country, love, life or freedom, Tagore's words are real jewels.
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Last Updated: Mar 26, 2018
Did You Know?
The National Anthem of India, Jana Gana Mana, was penned by Rabindranath Tagore.
Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore was a great connoisseur of art and literature. Famous for his collection of poems, 'Gitanjali', in Bengali, he was one of the most famous and profound writers of his time who played a pivotal role in India's struggle for independence against the British.
Tagore was born in Calcutta (now, Kolkata), India, in 1861, in a wealthy family. Besides authoring many stories and poems of immense literary value, he also started the experimental school Shantiniketan, which broke away from traditional methods of learning and teaching school curriculum. Till date, the school has produced many eminent personalities including Nobel Prize winner for economics, Amartya Sen. His poems and literary work became very popular in the West too, and he was conferred with the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. Tagore was not only a writer, but also a true artist in all forms, and his works included drawings, paintings, and music compositions.

Apart from this, Rabindranath Tagore's literary works espoused freedom of mind and spirit. This proved highly inspirational for the general public who were struggling to gain independence from British rule. However, he also prompted readers, through his works, to free themselves from blind faith, caste discrimination, oppression against women, etc. Here are some quotes by Tagore that are certainly thought-provoking.
Quotes On Love
"Love is an endless mystery, for it has nothing else to explain it."
"Only in love are unity and duality not in conflict."
"Beauty is simply reality seen with the eyes of love."
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"I will sit in the pupil of your eyes and that will carry your sight into the heart of the things."
Quotes On Nature
"Let your life lightly dance on the edges of
Time like dew on the tip of a leaf."
"The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough."
"The roots below the earth claim no rewards for making the branches fruitful."
― Stray Birds
"By plucking her petals you do not gather the beauty of the flower."
― Stray Birds
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"The flower which is single need not envy the thorns that are numerous."
"Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky."
― Stray Birds
"The world speaks to me in colours, my soul answers in music."
"Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven."
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Quotes On Death
"Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come."
"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."
Quotes On God and Religion
"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."
- The Home and the World
"Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man."
"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 quote on woman
Quotes On Education
"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."
"The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence."
"Don't limit a child to your own learning, for she was born in another time."
Quotes On Country and Freedom
"Deliverance is not for me in renunciation. I feel the embrace of freedom in a thousand bonds of delight."
― Gitanjali
"Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high; Where knowledge is free; 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 towards 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 - Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake."
― Gitanjali
Other Quotes
"Facts are many, but the truth is one."
"If no one responds to your call, be not afraid to walk alone."
"Dreams can never be made captive."
― The Gardener
"It is very simple to be happy, but it is very difficult to be simple."