Rabindranath Tagore was a renowned poet, philosopher, writer, and social reformer from India. He was born on May 7, 1861, in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), West Bengal, India. He was the youngest of the thirteen children of Debendranath Tagore and Sarada Devi. Rabindranath Tagore belonged to a well-known family of intellectuals and social reformers, and his father was a leader of the Brahmo Samaj, a religious reform movement that aimed to establish a monotheistic religion based on reason and social justice.
Tagore’s early education was mainly at home, where he learned Sanskrit, English, and Bengali literature, as well as music and painting. He later studied law in London but returned to India without completing his degree. Tagore began writing at a young age and published his first collection of poems, ‘Kabi-Kahini,’ at the age of sixteen.
Tagore’s literary work encompasses a wide range of genres, including poetry, fiction, essays, and plays. He was the first non-European to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913 for his collection of poems, ‘Gitanjali.’ He was also a vocal critic of British colonialism and an advocate for Indian independence.
Tagore died on August 7, 1941, in Kolkata, India, at the age of eighty. His legacy lives on through his literary works, music, and the many institutions that he established, including the Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan, West Bengal, which he founded to promote Indian arts and culture.
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
Love’s gift cannot be given, it waits to be accepted.
Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.
The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.
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.
Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.
Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.
Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them.
Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.
Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.
We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility.
The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
Love is an endless mystery, for it has nothing else to explain it.
The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person.
The mind, sharp but not broad, sticks at every point but does not move.
Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.
The burden of the self is lightened when I laugh at myself.
The world is a great book, of which they who never stir from home read only a page.
Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.
Love is not a mere impulse, it must contain truth, which is law.
In Art, man reveals himself and not his objects.
Beauty is truth’s smile when she beholds her own face in a perfect mirror.
We live in the world when we love it.
The only true freedom is found in the realization that we are not individual personalities, but are the eternal Self.
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.
The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us.
A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it.
The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life.
The truth comes as conqueror only because we have lost the art of receiving it as guest.
You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.