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.
Rabindranath Tagore Quotes that celebrate the genius that he was.
1. Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man
2. The butterfly counts not months but moments and has time enough
3. Your idol is shattered in the dust to prove that God’s dust is greater than your idol
4. You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water
5. We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility
6. We gain freedom when we have paid the full price
7. Facts are many but the truth is one
8. Love does not claim possession but gives freedom
9. We live in a world when we love it
10. Music fills the infinite between two souls
11. Love is an endless mystery, for it has nothing else to explain it
12. By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower
13. The flower which is single needs not envy the thorns that are numerous
14. 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
15. Life is given to us, we earn it by giving it
Rabindranath Tagore quotes are examples where wisdom is enshrined. Tagore has been the pride of India for over a century. He is credited with putting India on the literary map. He is also credited with calling Gandhi Ji “Mahatma” for the first time. This shows, there are fewer voices bigger who tried to remove the evils from Indian society.
Lesser known facts:
Rabindranath Tagore made a school from his Nobel prize (Visva Bharati).
His Nobel prize was stolen in 2004. The Swedish Academy placed two replicas of it, a gold and a silver.
Tagore was color blind. His strange color schemes and off-beat aesthetics symptomized that he was red-green color blind.
He was once invited by Albert Einstein at his home, talked about religion and science. “Note on the Nature of Reality”.
He was born more than a hundred years ago whose views on women are, arguably, still ahead of the times. Charulate, Binodini, Mrinmoyee, Mrinal, and many more female character stories that still being portrayed to reform society.