Rabindranath Tagore's 50+ Most Inspiring Thoughts

Rabindranath Tagore's 50+ Most Inspiring Thoughts

Rabindranath Tagore FRAS was a South Asian Bengali polymath who worked as a poet, writer, playwright, composer, philosopher, social reformer, and painter.

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

  2. Let him only see the thorns who have eyes to see the rose.

  3. Real friendship is like fluorescence, it shines better when everything has darkened.

  4. My day is done, and I am like a boat drawn on the beach, listening to the dance music of the tide in the evening.

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

  6. Only in love are unity and duality not in conflict.

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

  8. Ah, thou hast made my heart captive in the endless meshes of thy music, my master!

  9. Never be afraid of the moments--thus sings the voice of the everlasting.

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

  11. Men can only think. Women have a way of understanding without thinking. A woman was created out of God's own fancy. Man, He had to hammer into shape.

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

  13. Come oh come ye tea-thirsty restless ones - the kettle boils, bubbles, and sings, musically.

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

  15. Don't limit a child to your own learning, for she was born in another time.

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

  17. I seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times, in life after life, in age after age forever.

  18. The small wisdom is like water in a glass: clear, transparent, pure. The great wisdom is like the water in the sea: dark, mysterious, impenetrable.

  19. Let me not look for allies on life's battlefield, But for my own strength. Let me not crave in anxious fear to be saved, But for the patience to win my freedom.

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

  21. Perhaps the crescent moon smiles in doubt at being told that it is a fragment awaiting perfection.

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

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

  24. Deliverance is not for me in renunciation. I feel the embrace of freedom in a thousand bonds of delight.

  25. Stray birds of summer come to my window to sing and fly away. And yellow leaves of autumn, which have no songs, flutter and fall there with a sigh.

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

  27. Read books when you are free, read minds when you aren't.... but do read!

  28. When I go from hence, let this be my parting word, that what I have seen is unsurpassable.

  29. That which is eternal within the moment only becomes shallow if spread out in time.

  30. The young student sits with his head bent over his books, and his mind straying in youth's dreamland; where prose is prowling on the desk and poetry hiding in the heart.

  31. When you came you cried and everybody smiled with joy; when you go smile and let the world cry for you.

  32. 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.

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

  34. Inspiration follows aspiration.

  35. I will sit in the pupil of your eyes and that will carry your sight into the heart of the things

  36. Dreams can never be made captive.

  37. The biggest changes in a women's nature are brought by love; in man, by ambition

  38. Some day I shall sing to thee in the sunrise of some other world, I have seen thee before in the light of the earth, in the love of man.

  39. The echo mocks her origin to prove she is the original.

  40. The stars are not afraid to appear like fireflies.

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

  42. I have lost my dewdrop", cries the flower to the morning sky that lost all its stars

  43. Let my thoughts come to you, when I am gone, like the afterglow of sunset at the margin of starry silence.

  44. Alas, why are my nights all thus lost? Ah, why do I ever miss his sight whose breath touches my sleep?

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

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

  47. The fish in the water is silent, the animals on the earth are noisy, and 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.

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

  49. Beauty is simply reality seen with the eyes of love

  50. We cross infinity with every step; we meet eternity in every second.


Rabindranath Tagore's 50+ Most Inspiring Thoughts