A poet, novelist, painter, musician, and lovingly called Gurudev, Rabindranath Tagore was one of the iconic personalities of India in the last century. He was visionary, ahead of his time who reshaped the music, art, and literature. He became the first non-European, or in fact, first Asian who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. He’s the only person to have penned national anthems of two countries: India’s Jana Gana Mana and Bangladesh’s Amar Shonar Bangla. Not only these, but the Sri Lankan national anthem was inspired by his work.
His contributions continue to help people dream of a better world, even in the darkest of times. While best known as a poet, Rabindranath Tagore quotes continue to enlighten us with wisdom, knowledge, and truths of life.
As we countdown to his 159th Birth Anniversary, here are 15 inspiring Rabindranath Tagore quotes that celebrate the genius that he was.
Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.
The butterfly counts not months but moments and has time enough.
Your idol is shattered in the dust to prove that God’s dust is greater than your idol.
You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility.
We gain freedom when we have paid the full price.
Facts are many but the truth is one.
Love does not claim possession but gives freedom.
We live in a world when we love it.
Music fills the infinite between two souls.
Love is an endless mystery, for it has nothing else to explain it.
By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.
The flower which is single needs not envy the thorns that are numerous.
I slept and dreamt that life was a joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was a joy.
Life is given to us, we earn it by giving it.