Rabindranath Tagore quote

"Yet what each one does is by no means of little moment. The grass has to put forth all its energy to draw sustenance from the uttermost tips of its rootlets simply to grow where it is as grass; it does not vainly strive to become a banyan tree; and so the earth gains a lovely carpet of green."

Rabindranath Tagore

Born: May 7, 1861

Die: August 7, 1941

Occupation: Author

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

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Man's freedom is never in being saved from troubles, but it is the freedom to take trouble for his own good, to make the trouble an element in his joy.

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Whether joy or sorrow, pain or pleasure; whatsoever may befall thee, accept it serenely with an unvanquished heart.

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Pessimism is a form of mental dipsomania; it disdains healthy nourishment, indulges in the strong drink of denunciation, and creates an artificial dejection which thirsts for a stronger draught.

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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...

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Whatever we understand and enjoy in human products instantly becomes ours, wherever they might have their origin... Let me feel with unalloyed gladness that all the great glories of man are mine.

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I ask my destiny - what power is this That cruelly drives me onward without rest? My destiny says, "Look round!" I turn back and see It is I myself that is ever pushing me from behind.

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Let my love like sunlight surround you and yet give you illumined freedom.

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The progress of our soul is like a perfect poem. It has an infinite idea which, once realised, makes all movements full of meaning and joy.

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

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

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Once we dreamt that we were strangers. We wake up to find that we were dear to each other.

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The stars are not afraid to appear like fireflies.

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Let my doing nothing when I have nothing to do, become untroubled in its depth of peace, like the evening in the seashore when the water is silent.

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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.

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Discipline divorced from wisdom is not true discipline, but merely the meaningless following of custom, which is only a disguise for stupidity.

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

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

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God seeks comrades and claims love, The devil seeks slaves and claims obedience.

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I seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times, in life after life, in age after age forever. He who wants to do good, knocks at the gate; He who loves, finds the door open.

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That I exist is a perpetual surprise which is life.

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Drunk with the joy of singing I forget myself and call thee friend who art my lord.

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Now it is time to sit quiet, face to face with thee, and to sing dedication of life in this silent and overflowing leisure.

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And it shall be my endeavour to reveal thee in my actions, knowing it is thy power gives me strength to act.

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O master poet, I have sat down at thy feet. Only let me make my life simple and straight, like a flute of reed for thee to fill with music.

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The question and the cry 'Oh, where?' melt into tears of a thousand streams and deluge the world with the flood of the assurance 'I am!'

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If I call not thee in my prayers, if I keep not thee in my heart, thy love for me still waits for my love.

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

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What you are you do not see, what you see is your shadow.

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Power takes as ingratitude the writhing of its victims

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Truth comes as conqueror only to those who have lost the art of receiving it as friend.

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

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

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

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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.

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I am willing to serve my country, but my worship I reserve for Right which is far greater than my country. To worship my country as a god is to bring a curse upon it.

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

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And joy is everywhere; it is in the earth's green covering of grass; in the blue serenity of the sky.

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Those who own much have much to fear.

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We sit inert, like dead specimens of some museum, while lessons are pelted at us from on high, like hailstones on flowers.

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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.

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The world has kissed my Soul with its pain, asking for its return in Songs.

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A lamp can only light another lamp when it continues to burn in its own flame.

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Only those of tranquil minds, and none else, can attain abiding joy, by realizing within their souls the Being who manifests one essence in a multiplicity of forms.

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Man is immortal; therefore he must die endlessly. For life is a creative idea; it can only find itself in changing forms

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The flower fades and dies; but he who wears the flower has not to mourn for it for ever.

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

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

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The greed for fruit misses the flower.

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The significance which is in unity is an eternal wonder.

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This is the ultimate end of man, to find the One which is in him; which is his truth, which is his soul; the key with which he opens the gate of the spiritual life, the heavenly kingdom.

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Only in silence I find myself. Life in the city is so hectic that you lose the right perspective. It's important to know that our biggest resources are in our heart.

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I have listened And I have looked With open eyes. I have poured my soul Into the world Seeking the unknown Within the known. And I sing out loud In amazement.

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Death is turning out the lamp because the dawn has appeared.

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The night kissed the fading day With a whisper: "I am death, your mother, From me you will get new birth."

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Obstinate are the trammels, but my heart aches when I try to break them. Freedom is all I want, but to hope for it I feel ashamed. I am certain that priceless wealth is in thee, and that thou art my best...

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

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The world speaks to me in colors, my soul answers in music.

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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.

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And because I love this life I know I shall love death as well The child cries out when From the right breast the mother Takes it away, in the very next moment To find in the left one Its consolation.

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Let life be beautiful like summer flowers and death like autumn leaves.

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

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On each race is laid the duty to keep alight its own lamp of mind as its part in the illumination of the world. To break the lamp of any people into deprive it of its rightful place in the world festival.

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

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Love gives beauty to everything it touches.

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If you want to know India, study Vivekananda. In him everything is positive and nothing negative.

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I do not love him because he is good, but because he is my child.

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Power said to the world, "You are mine." The world kept it prisoner on her throne. Love said to the world, "I am thine." The world gave it the freedom of her house.

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If God had so wished, he could have made all Indians speak one language... the unity of India has been and shall always be a unity in diversity.

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The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life.

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The fish in the water is silent, the animals 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.

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

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

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

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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.

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Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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Facts are many, but the truth is one.

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

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

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

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

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Age considers; youth ventures.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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We live in the world when we love it.

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

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Music fills the infinite between two souls.

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

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

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

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In Art, man reveals himself and not his objects.

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We gain freedom when we have paid the full price.

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April, like a child, Writes hieroglyphs on dust with flowers, Wipes them away and forgets.

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YOU are the big drop of dew under the lotus leaf, I am the smaller one on its upper side,' said the dewdrop to the lake.

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I thought that my voyage had come to its end at the last limit of my power, that the path before me was closed, that provisions were exhausted, and the time come to take shelter in a silent obscurity,...

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He only has freedom who ideally loves freedom himself and is glad to extend it to others. He who cares to have slaves must chain himself to them. He who builds walls to create exclusion for others builds...

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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...

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Today I feel that I shall win through. I have come to the gateway of the simple; I am now content to see things as they are. I have gained freedom myself; I shall allow freedom to others. In my work will...

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The mountain remains unmoved at seeming defeat by the mist.

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For man is by nature an artist.

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We try to realize the essential unity of the world with the conscious soul of man; we learn to perceive the unity held together by the one Eternal Spirit, whose power creates the earth, the sky, and the...

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You can't cross a sea by merely staring into the water.

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Perhaps the new dawn will come from this horizon, from the East where the sun rises; and then, unvanquished Man will retrace his path of conquest, despite all barriers, to win back his lost heritage.

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

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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...

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Music is the purest form of art... therefore true poets...seek to express the universe in terms of music. The singer has everything within him. The notes come out from his very life. They are not materials...

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Art awakens a sense of real by establishing an intimate relationship between our inner being and the universe at large, bringing us a consciousness of deep joy.

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Man goes into the noisy crowd to drown his own clamor of silence.

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I'm lost in the middle of my birthday. I want my friends, their touch, with the earth's last love. I will take life's final offering, I will take the last human blessing.

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Music fills the infinite between two souls. This has been muffled by the mist of our daily habits.

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Life is perpetually creative because it contains in itself that surplus which ever overflows the boundaries of the immediate time and space, restlessly pursuing its adventure of expression in the varied...

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

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Rabindranath Tagore

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...

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Rabindranath Tagore

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

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Rabindranath Tagore

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

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Rabindranath Tagore

Only Thee 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...

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Rabindranath Tagore

The water vessel, taken as a vessel only, raises the question, "Why does it exist at all?" Through its fitness of construction, it offers the apology for its existence. But where it is a work of beauty...

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Rabindranath Tagore

When the heat and motion of blind impulses and passions distract it on all sides, we can neither give nor receive anything truly. But when we find our centre in our soul by the power of self-restraint,...

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Rabindranath Tagore

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...

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Rabindranath Tagore

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.

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Rabindranath Tagore

If thou speakest not I will fill my heart with thy silence and endure it. I will keep still and wait like the night with starry vigil and its head bent low with patience. The morning will surely come,...

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Rabindranath Tagore

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

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Rabindranath Tagore

Do not linger to gather flowers to keep them, but walk on, for flowers will keep themselves blooming all your way.

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Rabindranath Tagore

The Taj Mahal rises above the banks of the river like a solitary tear suspended on the cheek of time.

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Rabindranath Tagore

A message came from my youth of vanished days, saying, 'I wait for you among the quivering of unborn May, where smiles ripen for tears and hours ache with songs unsung.' It says, 'Come to me across the...

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Rabindranath Tagore

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...

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Rabindranath Tagore

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

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Rabindranath Tagore

I have on my table a violin string. It is free to move in any direction I like. If I twist one end, it responds; it is free. But it is not free to sing. So I take it and fix it into my violin. I bind it...

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Rabindranath Tagore

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.

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Rabindranath Tagore

In desperate hope I go and search for her in all the corners of my house. I find her not. My house is small and what once has gone from it can never be regained. But infinite is thy mansion, my lord, and...

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Rabindranath Tagore

Let it not be death but completeness. Let love melt into memory and pain into songs. Let the flight through the sky end in the folding of the wings over the nest. Let the last touch of your hands be...

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Rabindranath Tagore

Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain but for the heart to conquer it.

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Rabindranath Tagore

Spurious fame spreads from tongue to tongue like the fog of the early dawn before the sun rises.

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Rabindranath Tagore

For many years, at great cost, I traveled through many countries, saw the high mountains, the oceans. The only things I did not see were the sparkling dewdrops in the grass just outside my door.

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Rabindranath Tagore

Our responsibility is no longer to acquire, but to BE.

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Rabindranath Tagore

He it is, the innermost one, who awakens my being with his deep hidden touches. He it is who puts his enchantment upon these eyes and joyfully plays on the chords of my heart in varied cadence of pleasure...

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Rabindranath Tagore

The hours trip rapidly away, hiding their dreams in their skirts.

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Rabindranath Tagore

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

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Rabindranath Tagore

Praise shames me, for I secretly beg for it.

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Rabindranath Tagore

False hope is clung to with all one's might and main, till a day comes when it has sucked the heart dry and it forcibly breaks through its bonds and departs. After that comes the misery of awakening, and...

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Rabindranath Tagore

It dances today, my heart, like a peacock it dances, it dances. It sports a mosaic of passions like a peacock’s tail, It soars to the sky with delight, it quests, Oh wildly, it dances today,...

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Rabindranath Tagore

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

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Rabindranath Tagore

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

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Rabindranath Tagore

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

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Rabindranath Tagore

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...

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Rabindranath Tagore

My Friend: Art thou abroad on this stormy night on thy journey of love, my friend? The sky groans like one in despair. I have no sleep tonight. Ever and again I open my door and look out on the darkness,...

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Rabindranath Tagore

Poems On Life: Life is given to us, we earn it by giving it. Let the dead have the immortality of fame, but the living the immortality of love. Life's errors cry for the merciful beauty that can modulate...

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Rabindranath Tagore

Poems On Love Love adorns itself; it seeks to prove inward joy by outward beauty. Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom. Love is an endless mystery, for it has nothing else to explain it. Love's...

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Rabindranath Tagore

Poems On Time The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. Time is a wealth of change, but the clock in its parody makes it mere change and no wealth. Let your life lightly dance on...

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Rabindranath Tagore

Men are cruel, but Man is kind.

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Rabindranath Tagore

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...

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Rabindranath Tagore

He alone may chastise who loves.

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Rabindranath Tagore

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

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Rabindranath Tagore

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

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Rabindranath Tagore

Let the splendor of diamond, pearl and ruby vanish? Only let this one teardrop, this Taj Mahal, glisten spotlessly bright on the cheek of time, forever and ever.

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Rabindranath Tagore

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...

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Rabindranath Tagore

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

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Rabindranath Tagore

to tyrannize for the country is to tyrannize over the country

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Rabindranath Tagore

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

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Rabindranath Tagore

Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them." "Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it." "Life is perpetually creative because...

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Rabindranath Tagore

Beauty is simply reality seen with the eyes of love

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Rabindranath Tagore

We manage to swallow flesh, only because we do not think of the cruel and sinful thing we do.

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Rabindranath Tagore

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.

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Rabindranath Tagore

According to the true Indian view, our consciousness of the world, merely as the sum total of things that exist, and as governed by laws, is imperfect. But it is perfect when our consciousness realizes...

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Rabindranath Tagore

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...

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Rabindranath Tagore

When the heart is hard and parched up, come upon me with a shower of mercy. When grace is lost from life, come with a burst of song. When tumultuous work raises its din on all sides shutting me out from...

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Rabindranath Tagore

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.

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Rabindranath Tagore

Somewhere in the arrangement of this world there seems to be a great concern about giving us delight, which shows that, in the universe, over and above the meaning of matter and forces, there is a message...

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Rabindranath Tagore

Who are you, a hundred years from today, reading my poetry with curiosity?

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Rabindranath Tagore

Dreams can never be made captive.

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Rabindranath Tagore

If someone smells a flower and says he does not understand, the reply to him is: there is nothing to understand, it is only a scent. If he persists, saying: that I know, but what does it all mean? Then...

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Rabindranath Tagore

For every child that is born, it brings with it the hope that God is not yet disappointed with man.

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Rabindranath Tagore

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

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Rabindranath Tagore

Patriotism cannot be our final spiritual shelter; my refuge is humanity. I will not buy glass for the price of diamonds, and I will never allow patriotism to triumph over humanity as long as I live.

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Rabindranath Tagore

Oh my only friend, my best beloved, the gates are open in my house—do not pass by like a dream.

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Rabindranath Tagore

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

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Rabindranath Tagore

The main object of teaching is not to give explanations, but to knock at the doors of the mind.

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Rabindranath Tagore

The Great Morning which is for all, rises in the East.

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Rabindranath Tagore

I've travelled all around the world to see the rivers and the mountains, and I've spent a lot of money. I have gone to great lengths, I have seen everything, but I forgot to see just outside my house a...

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Rabindranath Tagore

When he has the power to see things detached from self-interest and from the insistent claims of the lust of the senses, then alone can he have the true vision of the beauty that is everywhere.

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Rabindranath Tagore

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...

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Rabindranath Tagore

If you allow your mind to carp at all and sundry, it will turn against itself: the majority of our sorrows are self-inflicted.

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Rabindranath Tagore

The more one lives alone on the river or in the open country, the clearer it becomes that nothing is more beautiful or great than to perform the ordinary duties of one's daily life simply and naturally.

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Rabindranath Tagore

From the grasses in the field to the stars in the sky, each one is doing just that; and there is such profound peace and surpassing beauty in nature because none of these tries forcibly to transgress its...

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Rabindranath Tagore

Yet what each one does is by no means of little moment. The grass has to put forth all its energy to draw sustenance from the uttermost tips of its rootlets simply to grow where it is as grass; it does...

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Rabindranath Tagore

And, indeed, what little of beauty and peace is to be found in the societies of men is owing to the daily performance of small duties, not to big doings and fine talk.

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Rabindranath Tagore

To find God, you must welcome everything.

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Rabindranath Tagore

Plant flowers in others' gardens and your life becomes a bouquet! Submitted by Lisa Letto, Coordinator, Nutrition Resource and Volunteer Centre, College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan,...

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Rabindranath Tagore

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.

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Rabindranath Tagore

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

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Rabindranath Tagore

The singer alone does not make a song, there has to be someone who hears. -Broken Song

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Rabindranath Tagore

While God waits for His temple to be built of love, men bring stones.

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Rabindranath Tagore

Whatever we treasure for ourselves separates us from others; our possessions are our limitations.

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Rabindranath Tagore

The bird thinks it a favor to give the fish a lift in the air

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Rabindranath Tagore

Death belongs to life as birth does The walk is in the raising of the foot as in the laying of it down

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Rabindranath Tagore

The same stream of life that runs through the world runs through my veins night and day.

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Rabindranath Tagore

It is the same life that emerges in joy through the dust of the earth into numberless waves of flower.

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Rabindranath Tagore

You are invited to the festival of this world and your life is blessed.

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Rabindranath Tagore

We cannot look upon our lives as dreams of a dreamer who has no awakening in all time. We have a personality to which matter and force are unmeaning unless related to something infinitely personal, whose...

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Rabindranath Tagore

In the mountain, stillness surges up to explore its own height In the lake, movement stands still to contemplate its own depth.

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Rabindranath Tagore

Long years ago, we made a tryst with destiny and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge... At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.

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Rabindranath Tagore

My heart, the bird of the wilderness, has found its sky in your eyes. They are the cradle of the morning, they are the kingdom of the stars. My songs are lost in their depths. Let me but soar in that sky,...

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Rabindranath Tagore

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.

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Rabindranath Tagore

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

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Rabindranath Tagore

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.

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Rabindranath Tagore

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

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Rabindranath Tagore

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

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Rabindranath Tagore

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

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Rabindranath Tagore

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...

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