Rabindranath Tagore Inspirational Quotes

Rabindranath Tagore Inspirational Quotes

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) was the youngest son of Debendranath Tagore, a leader of the Brahmo Samaj, which was a new religious sect in nineteenth-century Bengal and which attempted a revival of the ultimate monistic basis of Hinduism as laid down in the Upanishads.

He was educated at home; and although at seventeen he was sent to England for formal schooling, he did not finish his studies there. In his mature years, in addition to his many-sided literary activities, he managed the family estates, a project which brought him into close touch with common humanity and increased his interest in social reforms.

Rabindranath Tagore Inspirational Quotes
By Unknown - Various, e.g. [1], published in 1914 in Sweden in Les Prix Nobel 1913, p. 60, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1226545

He also started an experimental school at Shantiniketan where he tried his Upanishadic ideals of education.

From time to time he participated in the Indian nationalist movement, though in his own non-sentimental and visionary way; and Mahatma Gandhi, the political father of modern India, was his devoted friend.

Tagore was knighted by the ruling British Government in 1915, but within a few years he resigned the honour as a protest against British policies in India.

Tagore had early success as a writer in his native Bengal. With his translations of some of his poems he became rapidly known in the West. In fact his fame attained a luminous height, taking him across continents on lecture tours and tours of friendship.

For the world he became the voice of India's spiritual heritage; and for India, especially for Bengal, he became a great living institution.

Men are cruel, but Man is kind.

Although Tagore wrote successfully in all literary genres, he was first of all a poet. Among his fifty and odd volumes of poetry are Manasi (1890) [The Ideal One], Sonar Tari (1894) [The Golden Boat], Gitanjali (1910) [Song Offerings], Gitimalya (1914) [Wreath of Songs], and Balaka (1916) [The Flight of Cranes]. The English renderings of his poetry, which include The Gardener (1913), Fruit-Gathering (1916), and The Fugitive (1921), do not generally correspond to particular volumes in the original Bengali; and in spite of its title, Gitanjali: Song Offerings (1912), the most acclaimed of them, contains poems from other works besides its namesake. Tagore's major plays are Raja (1910) [The King of the Dark Chamber], Dakghar (1912) [The Post Office], Achalayatan (1912) [The Immovable], Muktadhara (1922) [The Waterfall], and Raktakaravi (1926) [Red Oleanders]. He is the author of several volumes of short stories and a number of novels, among them Gora (1910), Ghare-Baire (1916) [The Home and the World], and Yogayog (1929) [Crosscurrents].

Besides these, he wrote musical dramas, dance dramas, essays of all types, travel diaries, and two autobiographies, one in his middle years and the other shortly before his death in 1941. 

Tagore also left numerous drawings and paintings, and songs for which he wrote the music himself.

Rabindranath Tagore died on August 7, 1941.

Rabindranath Tagore Inspirational 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Music fills the infinite between two souls.

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

The biggest changes in a women's nature are brought by love; in man, by ambition. 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. when you came you cried and everybody smiled with joy; when you go smile and let the world cry for you.

In Art, man reveals himself and not his objects.

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

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

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

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

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.

Beauty is truth's smile when she beholds her own face in a perfect mirror. The singer alone does not make a song, there has to be someone who hears.

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

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

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.

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.

Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.

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