Rabindranath Tagore Quotes

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

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

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

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high Where knowledge is free.

A teacher can never truly teach unless he is still learning himself. A lamp can never light another lamp unless it continues to burn its own flame. The teacher who has come to the end of his subject, who has no living traffic with his knowledge but merely repeats his lesson to his students, can only load their minds, he cannot quicken them.

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

Go not to the temple to put flowers upon the feet of God, first fill your own house with the fragrance of love. Go not to the temple to light candles before the altar of God, first remove the darkness of sin from your heart. Go not to the temple to bow down your head in prayer, first learn to bow in humility before your fellow men. Go not to the temple to pray on bended knees, first bend down to lift someone who is down trodden. Go not to the temple to ask for forgiveness for your sins, first forgive from your heart those who have sinned against you.

The most important lesson that man can learn from life, is not that there is pain in this world, but that it is possible for him to transmute it into joy.

Beauty is simply reality seen with the eyes of love

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

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.

… let us unite, not in spite of our differences, but through them. For differences can never be wiped away, and life would be so much the poorer without them. Let all human races keep their own personalities, and yet come together, not in a uniformity that is dead, but in a unity that is living.

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

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

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

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

The problem is not how to wipe out all differences, but how to unite with all differences intact.

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

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.

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.

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

The false can never grow into truth by growing in power.

Compliments win friends, honesty loses them.

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