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1. Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come. -Rabindranath Tagore

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2. The potentiality of perfection outweighs actual contradictions… Existence in itself is here to prove that it cannot be an evil.

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3. 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. -Rabindranath Tagore

4. The sparrow is sorry for the peacock at the burden of its tail. -Rabindranath Tagore

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5. The movement of life has to rest in its own music.

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6. The singer alone does not make a song, there has to be someone who hears. -Broken Song

7. Nirvana is not the blowing out of the candle. It is the extinguishing of the flame because the day has come.  -Rabindranath Tagore

8. To find God, you must welcome everything.

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9. 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.

10. Whatever we understand and enjoy in human products instantly becomes ours, wherever they might have their origin… Let me feel with unalloyed gladness that all the great glories of man are mine.

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11. Death is turning out the lamp because the dawn has appeared.

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12. We live in the world when we love it. Rabindranath Tagore

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13. I seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times, in life after life, in age after age forever. -Rabindranath Tagore

14. When we rejoice in our fullness, then we can part with our fruits with joy.

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15. You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Don’t let yourself indulge in vain wishes.

16. The newer people, of this modern age, are more eager to amass than to realize.

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17. Most people believe the mind to be a mirror, more or less accurately reflecting the world outside them, not realizing on the contrary that the mind is itself the principal element of creation. -Rabindranath Tagore

18. We gain freedom when we have paid the full price. Rabindranath Tagore

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19. 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.

20. Let him only see the thorns who has eyes to see the rose.

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21. The flower which is single need not envy the thorns that are numerous. Rabindranath Tagore

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22. Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man. -Rabindranath Tagore

23. Let life be beautiful like summer flowers and death like autumn leaves.

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24. Never be afraid of the moments–thus sings the voice of the everlasting. -Rabindranath Tagore

25. The roots below the earth claim no rewards for making the branches fruitful. -Rabindranath Tagore

26. Love is an endless mystery, for it has nothing else to explain it.

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27. Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.

28. I never give answers. I lead on from one question to another. That is my leadership.

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29. Ah, thou hast made my heart captive in the endless meshes of thy music, my master!

30. Let us not be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them. Rabindranath Tagore

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31. 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.

32. Dreams can never be made captive. -Rabindranath Tagore

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33. 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.

34. If one had to fill in, little by little, the gap between day and night, it would take an eternity to do it. But the sun rises and the darkness is dispelled- a moment is sufficient to overcome an infinite distance.  -Rabindranath Tagore

35. There is a point where in the mystery of existence contradictions meet; where movement is not all movement and stillness is not all stillness; where the idea and the form, the within and the without, are united; where infinite becomes finite, yet not

36. A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it. -Rabindranath Tagore

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37. The question why there is evil in existence is the same as why there is imperfection… But this is the real question we ought to ask: Is this imperfection the final truth, is evil absolute and ultimate?

38. The truth comes as conqueror only because we have lost the art of receiving it as guest.

39. Asks the Possible of the Impossible, Where is your dwelling-place? In the dreams of the Impotent, comes the answer.

40. There is no “next” after you are dead and gone from your own world.

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41. Inspiration follows aspiration.

42. Love is an endless mystery because there is no reasonable cause that could explain it.  -Rabindranath Tagore

43. When we accept any discipline for ourselves, we try to avoid everything except that which is necessary for our purpose; it is this purposefulness, which belongs to the adult mind, that we force upon school children. We say, Never keep your mind aler

44. Alas, why are my nights all thus lost? Ah, why do I ever miss his sight whose breath touches my sleep?

45. I have spent many days stringing and unstringing my instrumentwhile the song I came to sing remains unsung. -Rabindranath Tagore

46. Death’s stamp gives value to the coin of life, making it possible to buy with life what is truly precious.

47. Man’s freedom is never in being saved from troubles, but it is the freedom to take trouble for his own good, to make the trouble an element in his joy.

48. Patriotism cannot be our final spiritual shelter; my refuge is humanity. I will not buy glass for the price of diamonds, and I will never allow patriotism to triumph over humanity as long as I live.  -Rabindranath Tagore

49. All that is not given is lost.

50. YOU are the big drop of dew under the lotus leaf,I am the smaller one on its upper side,’said the dewdrop to the lake. -Rabindranath Tagore

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51. If you shut your door to all errors truth will be shut out.-Rabindranath Tagore

52. Age considers; youth ventures. Rabindranath Tagore

53. And because I love this life I know I shall love death as well. The child cries out when From the right breast the mother Takes it away, in the very next moment To Find in the left one Its consolation.

54. 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. -Rabindranath Tagore

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

56. Man’s cry is to reach his fullest expression.

57. God waits to win back his own flowers as gifts from man’s hands.  -Rabindranath Tagore

58. I understand the voice of your stars and the silence of your trees. -Rabindranath Tagore

59. What you are you do not see, what you see is your shadow.

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

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61. Only in silence I find myself. Life in the city is so hectic that you lose the right perspective. It’s important to know that our biggest resources are in our heart.

62. Gray hairs are signs of wisdom if you hold your tongue, speak and they are but hairs, as in the young.

63. The echo mocks her origin to prove she is the original.

64. Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.  -Rabindranath Tagore

65. 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. -Rabindranath Tagore

66. I am willing to serve my country, but my worship I reserve for Right which is far greater than my country. To worship my country as a god is to bring a curse upon it. -Rabindranath Tagore

67. Life is given to us, we earn it by giving it.

68. To understand anything is to find in it something which is our own, and it is the discovery of ourselves outside us which makes us glad. This relation of understanding is partial, but the relation of love is complete. In love the sense of difference

69. The little flower lies in the dust. It sought the path of the butterfly. -Rabindranath Tagore

70. 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.

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71. If you shed tears when you miss the sun, you also miss the stars.

72. I leave no trace of wings in the air, but I am glad I have had my flight.

73. Let my thoughts come to you, when I am gone, like the afterglow of sunset at the margin of starry silence. -Rabindranath Tagore

74. Death belongs to life as birth does The walk is in the raising of the foot as in the laying of it down

75. Beauty is truth’s smile when she beholds her own face in a perfect mirror.

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

77. Your idol is shattered in the dust to prove that God’s dust is greater than your idol.

78. Love is when the soul starts to sing and the flowers of your life bloom on their own.

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

80. Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven. -Rabindranath Tagore

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81. Once we dreamt that we were strangers. We wake up to find that we were dear to each other. -Rabindranath Tagore

82. The Stronger is the imagination the less imaginary it is -Rabindranath Tagore

83. Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time like dew on the tip of a leaf. Rabindranath Tagore

84. Beauty is simply reality seen with the eyes of love -Rabindranath Tagore

85. By plucking her petals you do not gather the beauty of the flower. -Rabindranath Tagore

86. The real friendship is like fluorescence, it shines better when everything has darkened. -Rabindranath Tagore

87. Compliments win friends, honesty loses them.

88. I have lost my dewdrop, cries the flower to the morning sky that lost all its stars -Rabindranath Tagore

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

90. Men can only think. Women have a way of understanding without thinking. The woman was created out of God’s own fancy. Man, He had to hammer into shape. -Rabindranath Tagore

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91. I will sit in the pupil of your eyes and that will carry your sight into the heart of the things

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

93. 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, butfor the heart to conquer it.  -Rabindranath Tagore

94. Oh my only friend, my best beloved, the gates are open in my house—do not pass by like a dream.  -Rabindranath Tagore

95. We live in a world when we love it. -Rabindranath Tagore

96. The greed for fruit misses the flower. -Rabindranath Tagore

97. It is very simple to be happy but it is very difficult to be simple. Rabindranath Tagore

98. Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.

99. The night kissed the fading day With a whisper: I am death, your mother, From me you will get new birth.

100. Our responsibility is no longer to acquire, but to BE.

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

102. Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for she was born in another time. -Rabindranath Tagore

103. The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. -Rabindranath Tagore

104. Power said to the world, You are mine. The world kept it prisoner on her throne. Love said to the world, I am thine. The world gave it the freedom of her house.

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

106. Deliverance is not for me in renunciation. I feel the embrace of freedom in a thousand bonds of delight.

107. Only in love are unity and duality not in conflict.

108. And because I love this life, I know I shall love death as well. -Rabindranath Tagore

109. He who is too busy doing good finds no time to be good.

110. The Taj Mahal rises above the banks of the river like a solitary tear suspended on the cheek of time. -Rabindranath Tagore

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111. In Art, a man reveals himself and not his objects.  -Rabindranath Tagore

112. Our scientific world is our world of reasoning. It has its greatness and uses and attractions. We are ready to pay homage due to it. But when it claims to have discovered the real world for us and laughs at the worlds of all simple-minded men, then we must say it is like a general grown intoxicated with his power, usurping the throne of his king

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

114. Music fills the infinite between two souls-Rabindranath Tagore

115. Facts are many, but the truth is one. Rabindranath Tagore

116. Perhaps the crescent moon smiles in doubt at being told that it is a fragment awaiting perfection.

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

118. That side of our existence whose direction is towards the infinite seeks not wealth, but freedom and joy. Rabindranath Tagore

119. Our nature is obscured by work done by the compulsion of want or fear. The mother reveals herself in the service of her children, so our true freedom is not the freedom from action but freedom in action, which can only be attained in the work of love.

120. 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.

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121. 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.

122. My dearest life, I know you are not mine forever; but do love me even if it’s for this moment. After that I shall vanish into the forest where you cast me, I won’t ask anyone for anything again. Give me something that can last me till I die. -Rabindranath Tagore

123. Come oh come ye tea-thirsty restless ones — the kettle boils, bubbles and sings, musically.

124. When you came you cried and everybody smiled with joy; when you go smile and let the world cry for you. -Rabindranath Tagore

125. Love’s gift cannot be given, it waits to be accepted. -Rabindranath Tagore

126. Let me light my lamp, says the star, And never debate if it will help to remove the darkness  -Rabindranath Tagore

127. Whether joy or sorrow, pain or pleasure; whatsoever may befall thee, accept it serenely with an unvanquished heart.

128. What is Art? It is the response of man’s creative soul to the call of the Real.

129. These paper boats of mine are meant to dance on the ripples of hours, and not reach any destination. -Rabindranath Tagore

130. Where is heaven? you ask me, my child,-the sages tell us it isbeyond the limits of birth and death, unswayed by the rhythm of the dayand night; it is not of the earth. But your poet knows that its eternal hunger is for time andspace and it strives evermore to be born in the fruitful dust.Heaven is fulfilled in your sweet body, my child, in your palpitating heart.The sea is beating its drums in joy, the flowers are a-tiptoe to kiss you. For heaven is born in you, in the arms of the mother- dust.-Rabindranath Tagore

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131. When you have once taken up a responsibility, you must see it through.

132. The current of the world has its boundaries, otherwise it could have no existence, but its purpose is not shown in the boundaries which restrain it, but in its movement, which is toward perfection. The wonder is not that there should be obstacles and

133. In love all the contradiction of existence merge themselves and are lost. Only in love are unity and duality not at variance. Love must be one and two at the same time. Only love is motion and rest in one. Our heart ever changes its place till it fin

134. You smiled and talked to me of nothing and I felt that for this I had been waiting long. -Rabindranath Tagore

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

136. The stars are not afraid to appear like fireflies. -Rabindranath Tagore

137. The young student sits with his head bent over his books, and his mind straying in youth’s dreamland; where prose is prowling on the desk and poetry hiding in the heart.  -Rabindranath Tagore

138. 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. -Rabindranath Tagore

139. Some day I shall sing to thee in the sunrise of some other world, I have seen thee before in the light of the earth, in the love of man.

140. Perhaps the new dawn will come from this horizon, from the East where the sun rises; and then, unvanquished Man will retrace his path of conquest, despite all barriers, to win back his lost heritage.

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141. Read books when you are free, read minds when you are’nt….but do read-Rabindranath Tagore

142. Depth of friendship does not depend on the length of acquaintance -Rabindranath Tagore

143. The traveler has to knock at every alien door to come to his own, and one has to wander through all the outer worlds to reach the innermost shrine at the end. -Rabindranath Tagore

144. Truth cannot afford to be tolerant where it faces positive evil.

145. Love is an endless mystery, because there is no reasonable cause that could explain it.

146. The touch of an infinite mystery passes over the trivial and the familiar, making it break out into ineffable music… The trees, the stars, and the blue hills ache with a meaning which can never be uttered in words.

147. Great calm, generous detachment, selfless love, the disinterested effort: these are what make for success in life. If you can find peace in yourself and can spread comfort around you, you will be happier than an empress. -Rabindranath Tagore

148. Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark. -Rabindranath Tagore

149. For we women are not only the deities of the household fire, but the flame of the soul itself.

150. I have on my table a violin string. It is free to move in any direction I like. If I twist one end, it responds; it is free.But it is not free to sing. So I take it and fix it into my violin. I bind it and when it is bound, it is free for the first time to sing. -Rabindranath Tagore

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151. The world loved man when he smiled. The world became afraid of him when he laughed.

152. My eyes have seen much, but they are not weary. My ears have heard much, but they thirst for more.

153. O Beauty, find thyself in love, not in the flattery of thy mirror.

154. To be outspoken is easy when you do not wait to speak the complete truth.

155. 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.

156. To tyrannize for the country is to tyrannize over the country -Rabindranath Tagore

157. Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom. Rabindranath Tagore

158. I have spent many days stringing and unstringing my instrument while the song I came to sing remains unsung.

159. Not hammer-strokes, but the dance of the water sings the pebbles into perfection. -Rabindranath Tagore

160. We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us. -Rabindranath Tagore

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161. 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.

162. Emancipation from the bondage of the soil is no freedom for the tree.

163. That which is eternal within the moment only becomes shallow if spread out in time.  -Rabindranath Tagore

164. Men are cruel, but Man is kind.   -Rabindranath Tagore

165. 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.

166. Stray birds of summer come to my window to sing and fly away. And yellow leaves of autumn, which have no songs, flutter and fall there with a sigh. -Rabindranath Tagore

167. When I go from hence, let this be my parting word, that what I have seen is unsurpassable.

168. The cure for all the illness of life is stored in the inner depth of life itself, the access to which becomes possible when we are alone. This solitude is a world in itself, full of wonders and resources unthought of. It is absurdly near; yet so unapproachably distant.

169. From the solemn gloom of the temple children run out to sit in the dust, God watches them play and forgets the priest.

170. Obstacles are necessary companions to expression, and we know that the positive element in language is not in its obstructiveness. Exclusively viewed from the side of the obstacle, nature appears inimical to the idea of morality. But if that were abs

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171. If no one responds to your call, then go your own way alone.

172. We cross infinity with every step;we meet eternity in every second. -Rabindranath Tagore

173. I am able to love my God because He gives me freedom to deny Him.

174. Don’t limit a child to your own learning. Rabindranath Tagore

175. We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility. Rabindranath Tagore

176. He alone may chastise who loves.

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