Rabindranath Tagore Love Quotes and Sayings
2. The greatest distance in this World is not that between living and death, it is when I am just before you, and you don’t know that I Love You. (According to a website which I found in Google, it said that this is not the work of Tagore but was translated from a Chinese poem to English. Can anyone verify?)
3. Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
4. Love is an endless mystery, for it has nothing else to explain it.
5. Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.
6. Love’s gift cannot be given, it waits to be accepted.
7. You smiled and talked to me of nothing and I felt that for this I had been waiting long.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. The biggest changes in a women’s nature are brought by love; in man, by ambition.
11. Once we dreamt that we were strangers. We wake up to find that we were dear to each other.
12. Only in love are unity and duality not in conflict.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Rabindranath Tagore (Bengali: রবীন্দ্রনাথ ঠাকুর, pronounced [ɾobin̪d̪ɾonat̪ʰ ʈʰakuɾ]) (7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941) as per Bengali Calendar, (২৫শে বৈশাখ, ১২৬৮ – ২২শে শ্রাবণ, ১৩৪৮ বঙ্গাব্দ), also known by the sobriquet Gurudev, was a Bengali polymath. He was a poet, visual artist, playwright, novelist, educator, social reformer, nationalist, business-manager and composer whose works reshaped Bengali literature and music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He became Asia’s first Nobel laureate when he won the 1913 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Tagore wrote novels, short stories, songs, dance-dramas, and essays on political and personal topics. Gitanjali (Song Offerings), Gora (Fair-Faced), and Ghare-Baire (The Home and the World) are among his best-known works. His verse, short stories, and novels, which often exhibited rhythmic lyricism, colloquial language, meditative naturalism, and philosophical contemplation, received worldwide acclaim. Tagore was also a cultural reformer and polymath who modernised Bengali art by rejecting strictures binding it to classical Indian forms. Two songs from his canon are now the national anthems of Bangladesh and India: the Amar Shonar Bangla and the Jana Gana Mana respectively.
Sayings by Rabindranath Tagore
1. Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.
2. “Let me light my lamp”, says the star, “And never debate if it will help to remove the darkness.”
3. Nirvana is not the blowing out of the candle. It is the extinguishing of the flame because day is come.
4. Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.
5. Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.
6. When you came you cried and everybody smiled with joy; when you go smile and let the world cry for you.
7. Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.
8. Emancipation from the bondage of the soil is no freedom for the tree.
9. Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them.
10. Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.
11. Gray hairs are signs of wisdom if you hold your tongue, speak and they are but hairs, as in the young.
12. He who is too busy doing good finds no time to be good.
13. I have become my own version of an optimist. 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.
#14 Sādhanā: The Realisation of Life, 1916
14. 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.
15. The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
16. The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.
17. Those who own much have much to fear.
18. You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
19. 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. Let me not look for allies in life’s battlefield but to my own strength. Let me not cave in.
#20-26 Stray Birds, 1916
20. If you shed tears when you miss the sun, you also miss the stars.
21. Life is given to us, we earn it by giving it.
22. Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.
23. A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it.
24. Do not say, “It is morning,” and dismiss it with a name of yesterday. See it for the first time as a new-born child that has no name.
25. Clouds come floating into my life from other days no longer to shed rain or usher storm but to give colour to my sunset sky.
26. By plucking her petals you do not gather the beauty of the flower.
27. Great calm, generous detachment, selfless love, disinterested effort: these are what make for success in life. If you can find peace in yourself and can spread comfort around you, you will be happier than an empress.
#28-29 Glimpses of Bengal, 1921
28. It sometimes strikes me how immensely fortunate I am that each day should take its place in my life, either reddened with the rising and setting sun, or refreshingly cool with deep, dark clouds, or blooming like a white flower in the moonlight. What untold wealth!
29. Every person is worthy of an infinite wealth of love — the beauty of his soul knows no limit.
Link to Rabindranath Tagore Poems: Poem Hunter
Little Of Me
Let only that little be left of me
whereby I may name thee my all.
Let only that little be left of my will
whereby I may feel thee on every side,
and come to thee in everything,
and offer to thee my love every moment.
Let only that little be left of me
whereby I may never hide thee.
Let only that little of my fetters be left
whereby I am bound with thy will,
and thy purpose is carried out in my life
and that is the fetter of thy love.
That I want thee, only thee – let my heart repeat without end.
All desires that distract me, day and night,
are false and empty to the core.
As the night keeps hidden in its gloom the petition for light,
even thus in the depth of my unconsciousness rings the cry
– ‘I want thee, only thee’.
As the storm still seeks its end in peace
when it strikes against peace with all its might,
even thus my rebellion strikes against thy love
and still its cry is
– ‘I want thee, only thee’.
Give Me Strength
This is my prayer to thee, my lord—strike,
strike at the root of penury in my heart.
Give me the strength lightly to bear my joys and sorrows.
Give me the strength to make my love fruitful in service.
Give me the strength never to disown the poor or bend my knees before insolent might.
Give me the strength to raise my mind high above daily trifles.
And give me the strength to surrender my strength to thy will with love.
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