Fresh Quotes: Rabindranath Tagore

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

~Rabindranath Tagore~

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The first time I read the words of this great poet I knew I had found a kindred spirit. Never before or since have I identified so much with another person’s words. The fact that this man was born and passed many years before me and came from a completely different and unknown culture from me mattered not.

His words show a deep and profound connection to nature and spirituality: a connection that I have always instinctively felt for as long as I can remember. My upbringing as a lapsed Catholic couldn’t be further from this, but it is this very sentiment I have felt most deeply.

Tagore seemed to have an understanding of the world and a profound love for the smallest of the small lives mixed with a delightful childlike whimsy that has intrigued me. In my ignorance I thought I was the only one who felt that way and now that I know he lived I don’t feel so alone in my feelings.

As a typical American in that regard, I have not been exposed to or do I know much of other cultures, especially non-Christian ones.  I consider this a deficit and I have recently been dipping my toe into the deep waters of the beautiful art and literature of wonderful India. I have been drawn to what I consider a wildly exotic and ancient culture that impresses me greatly.

Rabindranath Tagore in my opinion is the perfect first teacher. I have discovered his works not very long ago and I can’t seem to get enough. What follows are some of my favorite quotes by this amazing poet and fascinating individual.

watercolor sky by SBI
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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.”

cluster of stars
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“If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.”

Birds-Flying-above-the-Sea-at-Sunrise_by public photo.com
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Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.”

night-view by SBI
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“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in you.  Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.”

purple coneflower by SBI
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“By plucking her petals you do not gather the beauty of the flower.”

dew drop by Public Domain
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“Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time like dew on the tip of a leaf.”
 

stream-water-at-grotto-with-rocks by SBI
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“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.”

moon by Public Domain
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Perhaps the crescent moon smiles in doubt
at being told that it is a fragment
awaiting perfection.”

mountain climber by designyourtrust in public domain
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“Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them.”

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♦ ALL QUOTES BY RABINDRANATH TAGORE ♦

Tagore was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913 “because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West.”

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Rabindranath Tagore and Gandhi in 1940.
Rabindranath Tagore and Gandhi in 1940. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rabindranath Tagore Bio (Wikipedia)

Nobel Prize Laurates: Rabindranath Tagore  (www.nobelprize.org)

Incomplete By Rabindranath Tagore___ translation by Ranu (sabethville.wordpress.com)

A Taste of Tagore ~ By Rabindranath Tagore, compiled by Meron Shapland Foreword by Deepak Chopra (evolutionarymystic.wordpress.com)

Albert Einstein and Rabindranath Tagore (sureshemre.wordpress.com)

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