Rabindranath Tagore Quotes – View Life differently with great wisdom

Rabindranath Tagore quotes in english

To start with Rabindranath Tagore quotes, let me tell you that this great poet of Bengal is the person whose compositions were chosen by two nations as national anthems. India’s ‘Jana Gana Mana‘ and Bangladesh’s ‘Amar Shonar Bangla‘ were composed by Rabindranath Tagore (born Robindronath Thakur). The Sri Lankan national anthem was also inspired by his work.

He is the Author of Gitanjali, the “profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse”. Gitanjali brought him the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. And he was the first non-European to win that.

He founded Visva-Bharati University. He started an experimental school at Shantiniketan where he tried his Upanishadic ideals of education.

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

Now, let’s have a glimpse of the ocean of wisdom that the ‘Biswakabi’ had composed through a few selected “Rabindranath Tagore quotes“.

Rabindranath tagore quotes

Rabindranath Tagore Quotes

Here are some heart-touching quotes of Rabindranath Tagore. The depth and inner meanings of the apparently simple words are to be noted.


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


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


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


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.


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

Rabindranath tagore quotes


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

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


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


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


Music fills the infinite between two souls.


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


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

Tagore Quotes

A few more Tagore Quotes.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.


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.

Rabindranath Thakur – sayings


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.


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


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.