Rabindranath Tagore Quotes

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.
Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.

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

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

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

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

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

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

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

Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.

Music fills the infinite between two souls.

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

Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.

Facts are many, but the truth is one.

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

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

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

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

We live in the world when we love it.

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.

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

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

Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.

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

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

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

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.

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

If you shut your door to all errors truth will be shut out.

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

Age considers; youth ventures.

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

We gain freedom when we have paid the full price.

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

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

Only in love are unity and duality not in conflict.

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

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.

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

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

Those who own much have much to fear.

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

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

In Art, man reveals himself and not his objects.

From the solemn gloom of the temple children run out to sit in the dust, God watches them play and forgets the priest.

Men are cruel, but Man is kind.

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

Gray hairs are signs of wisdom if you hold your tongue, speak and they are but hairs, as in the young.