December 1, 2016

Rabindranath Tagore Quotes

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

“Age considers; youth ventures.”

“Ah me, why did they build my house by the road to the market town?”

“All that is not given is lost.”

“All the great utterances of man have to be judged not by the letter but by the spirit — the spirit which unfolds itself with the growth of life in history.”

“Asks the Possible of the Impossible, Where is your dwelling-place? In the dreams of the Impotent, comes the answer.”

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

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

“Bigotry tries to keep truth safe in its hand With a grip that kills it. Wishing to hearten a timid lamp great night lights all her stars.”

“Blessed is he whose fame does not outshine his truth.”

“Brahma was excessively sparing with earth, water, and fire…. The reckless expenditure of air and ether in his composition was amazing. And, in consequence, he perpetually struggled to outreach the wind, to outrun space itself. Other animals ran only when they had a reason, but the Horse would run for no reason whatever, as if to run out of his own skin.”

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

“By touching you may kill, by keeping away you may possess.”

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

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

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

“Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.”

“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.”

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

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

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

“Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.”

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

“Facts are many, but the truth is one.”

“Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.”

“Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark.”

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

“God respects me when I work; but God loves me when I sing.”

“God seeks comrades and claims love, the Devil seeks slaves and claims obedience.”

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

“God, the Great Giver, can open the whole universe to our gaze in the narrow space of a single land.”

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

“He only may chastise who loves.”

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

“He who wants to do good knocks at the gate; he who loves finds the gate open.”

“I 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.”

“I believe we are free, within limits, and yet there is an unseen hand, a guiding angel, that somehow, like a submerged propeller, drives us on.”

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

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

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

“I 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.”

“I touch God in my song as the hill touched the far-away sea with its waterfall.”

“If you shed tears when you miss the sun, you also miss the stars.”

“If you shut the door to all errors, truth will be shut out.”

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

“In Art, man reveals himself and not his objects.”

“In India, the measure of a singer’s freedom is in his own creative personality. He can sing the composer’s song as his own, if he has the power creatively to assert himself in his interpretation of the general law of the melody which he is given to interpret.”

“In the drowsy dark caves of the mind dreams build their nest with fragments dropped from day’s caravan.”

“In the world’s audience hall, the simple blade of grass sits on the same carpet with the sunbeams, and the stars of midnight.”

“In this playhouse of infinite forms I have had my play, and here have I caught sight of him that is formless.”

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

“Jewel-Like the immortal does not boast of its length of years but of the scintillating point of the moment.”

“Leave out my name from the gift if it be a burden, but keep my song.”

“Let life be as beautiful as summer flowers And death as beautiful as autumn leaves.”

“Let me light my lamp, says the star, And never debate if it will help to remove the darkness.”

“Let the dead have the immortality of fame, but the living the immortality of love.”

“Let this be my last word, that I trust in thy love.”

“Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them.”

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

“Life finds its wealth by the claims of the world, and its worth by the claims of love.”

“Life is given to us, we earn it by giving it.”

“Life, like a child, laughs, shaking its rattle of death as it runs.”

“Life’s aspirations come in the guise of children.”

“Life’s errors cry for the merciful beauty that can modulate their isolation into a harmony with the whole.”

“Light finds her treasure of colours through the antagonism of clouds.”

“Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.”

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

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

“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 remains a secret even when spoken, for only a lover truly knows that he is loved.”

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

“Love’s overbrimming mystery joins death and life. It has filled my cup of pain with joy.”

“Man discovers his own wealth when God comes to ask gifts of him.”

“Man is worse than an animal when he is an animal.”

“Melody and harmony are like lines and colors in pictures. A simple linear picture may be completely beautiful; the introduction of color may make it vague and insignificant. Yet color may, by combination with lines, create great pictures, so long as it does not smother and destroy their value.”

“Memory, the priestess, kills the present and offers its heart to the shrine of the dead past.”

“Men are cruel, but Man is kind.”

“Mistakes live in the neighborhood of truth and therefore delude us.”

“Music fills the infinite between two souls.”

“My debts are large, my failures great, my shame secret and heavy; yet I come to ask for my good, I quake in fear lest my prayer be granted.”

“My heart, the bird of the wilderness, has found its sky in your eyes.”

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

“No civilized society can thrive upon victims, whose humanity has been permanently mutilated.”

“Not hammer-strokes, but dance of the water sings the pebbles into perfection.”

“O Beauty, find thyself in love, not in the flattery of thy mirror.”

“O 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.”

“On the seashore of endless worlds children meet. Tempest roams in the pathless sky, ships are wrecked in the trackless water, death is abroad and children play. On the seashore of endless worlds is the great meeting of children.”

“Only in love are unity and duality not in conflict.”

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

“Power takes as ingratitude the writhing of its victims.”

“Praise shames me, for I secretly beg for it.”

“That I exist is a perpetual surprise which is life.”

“The artist is the lover of Nature, therefore he is her slave and her master.”

“The bird thinks it is an act of kindness to give the fish a lift in the air.”

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

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

“The child ever dwells in the mystery of ageless time, unobscured by the dust of history.”

“The fish in the water is silent, the animal on the earth is noisy, the bird in the air is singing. But Man has in him the silence of the sea, the noise of the earth and the music of the air.”

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

“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 out of them, molding them into money.”

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

“The mountain remains unmoved at seeming defeat by the mist.”

“The movement of life has to rest in its own music.”

“The one without second is emptiness, the other one makes it true.”

“The roots below the earth claim no rewards for making the branches fruitful.”

“The singer has everything within him. The notes come out from his very life. They are not materials gathered from outside.”

“The smile that flickers on baby’s lips when he sleeps — does anybody know where it was born? Yes, there is a rumor that a young pale beam of a crescent moon touched the edge of a vanishing autumn cloud, and there the smile was first born in the dream of a dew-washed morning.”

“The smile that flickers on baby’s lips when he sleeps- does anybody know where it was borne? Yes, there is a rumor that a young pale beam of a crescent moon touched the edge of a vanishing autumn cloud, and there the smile was first born….”

“The soil in return for her service keeps the tree tied to her, the sky asks nothing and leaves it free.”

“The sparrow is sorry for the peacock at the burden of his tail.”

“The sparrow is sorry for the peacock at the burden of its tail.”

“The truth comes as conqueror only because we have lost the art of receiving it as guest.”

“The tyrant claims freedom to kill freedom and yet to keep it for himself.”

“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 weak can be terrible because they try furiously to appear strong.”

“The wise man warns me that life is but a dewdrop on the lotus leaf.”

“Those who own much have much to fear.”

“Time is a wealth of change, but the clock in its parody makes it mere change and no wealth.”

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

“To the guests that must go, bid God’s speed and brush away all traces of their steps.”

“Trees are Earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.”

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

“Truth looks tawdry when she is overdressed.”

“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.”

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

“We do not stray out of all words into the ever silent; We do not raise our hands to the void for things beyond hope.”

“We gain freedom when we have paid the full price.”

“We live in the world when we love it.”

“We manage to swallow flesh only because we do not think of the cruel and sinful thing that we do. Cruelty… is a fundamental sin, and admits of no arguments or nice distinctions. If only we do not allow our heart to grow callous, it protests against cruelty, is always clearly heard; and yet we go on perpetrating cruelties easily, merrily, all of us – in fact, anyone who does not join in is dubbed a crank.”

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

“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.”

“When I think of ages past That have floated down the stream Of life and love and death, I feel how free it makes us To pass away.”

“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.”

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

“While God waits for his temple to be built of love, men bring stones.”

“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.”

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

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

Variant translation: “For love is the ultimate meaning of everything around us. It is not a mere sentiment; it is truth; it is the joy that is at the root of all creation. “