Life, love, art, God – you name it – and you have it like a bouquet of flowers. The beautiful quotes of Rabindranath Tagore, one of the greatest Nobel laureates in history, never left someone without enriching him.

An interesting facet of Tagore that his creations find a place in everyone’s heart because as he went through different phases of his life, he went on his creations. It never started or ended in a way.

The poems, stories and sayings of Tagore has been translated a million times in almost every language. The most famous one is probably William Butler Yeat’s translation of Gitanjali, which is an enormous feat in itself.

Here are some quotes of Rabindranath Tagore that will perhaps give you an answer you have been searching for.

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Some Unforgettable Quotes of Rabindranath Tagore

# Read books when you are free, read minds when you aren’t….but do read.

Quotes of Rabindranath Tagore on life

# It is very simple to be happy, but it is very difficult to be simple.

# The stars are not afraid to appear like fireflies.

# Men are cruel, but Man is kind.

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

# The real friendship is like fluorescence, it shines better when everything has darken.

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

# If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.

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

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

Quotes of Rabindranath Tagore on life

# Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.

# What seems to be coming at you is really coming from you.

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

# Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.

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

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

# I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.

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

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

# Most 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.

# 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.

# Music fills the infinite between two souls.

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

# In Art, man reveals himself and not his objects.

Poems and Quotes of Rabindranath Tagore 

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

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

# “The song I came to sing
remains unsung to this day.
I have spent my days in stringing
and in unstringing my instrument.

The time has not come true,
the words have not been rightly set;
only there is the agony
of wishing in my heart . . .”

# 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.

# The traveler has to knock at every alien door to come to his own, and one has to wander through all the outer worlds to reach the innermost shrine at the end.

# Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.

Poems and Quotes of Rabindranath Tagore 

# The greed for fruit misses the flower.

# 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.

# For we women are not only the deities of the household fire, but the flame of the soul itself.

Quotes of Rabindranath Tagore on women
Painting by Rabindranath Tagore

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Tagore’s Words On Love 

Master of words, the quotes of Rabindranath Tagore drip with heartfelt emotion. Here are some touching poems that you may sing for your beloved.

# Those 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

# Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.

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

# You smiled and talked to me of nothing and I felt that for this I had been waiting long.

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

Poems and Quotes of Rabindranath Tagore on love
Painting (left) by Rabindranath Tagore

Unending Love

# I seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times…
In life after life, in age after age, forever.
My spellbound heart has made and remade the necklace of songs,
That you take as a gift, wear round your neck in your many forms,
In life after life, in age after age, forever.

Whenever I hear old chronicles of love, it’s age old pain,
It’s ancient tale of being apart or together.
As I stare on and on into the past, in the end you emerge,
Clad in the light of a pole-star, piercing the darkness of time.
You become an image of what is remembered forever.

You and I have floated here on the stream that brings from the fount.
At the heart of time, love of one for another.
We have played along side millions of lovers,
Shared in the same shy sweetness of meeting,
the distressful tears of farewell,
Old love but in shapes that renew and renew forever.

Today it is heaped at your feet, it has found its end in you
The love of all man’s days both past and forever:
Universal joy, universal sorrow, universal life.
The memories of all loves merging with this one love of ours –
And the songs of every poet past and forever.

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