Rabindranath Tagore

Indian writer and philosopher whose poetry (based on traditional Hindu themes) pioneered the use of colloquial Bengali (1861-1941)

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Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because dawn has come.
Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because the Dawn has come.
Death is not extinguishing the light
It is simply putting out the lamp
Because the dawn has come
Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.
Emancipation from the bondage of the soil is no freedom for the tree.
Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.
I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door -- or I'll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.
In the mountain, stillness surges up to explore its own height In the lake, movement stands still to contemplate its own depth.
In the world's audience hall, the simple blade of grass sits on the same carpet with the sunbeams, and the stars of midnight.
Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.
Man is immortal therefore he must die endlessly. For life is a creative idea it can only find itself in changing forms.
Nirvana is not the blowing out of the candle. It is the extinguishing of the flame because day is come.
The burden of the self is lightened with I laugh at myself.
The mountain remains unmoved at seeming defeat by the mist.
The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers. It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and of death, in ebb and in flow. I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life. And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.
Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.
We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility.
We gain freedom when we have paid the full price...
We live in the world when we love it.
What is Art? It is the response of man's creative soul to the call of the Real.
When I stand before thee at the day's end, thou shalt see my scars and know that I had my wounds and also my healing.
While God waits for His temple to be built of love, Men bring stones.
You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Don't let yourself indulge in vain wishes.
Your idol is shattered in the dust to prove that God's dust is greater than your idol.

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