Quotes and poems to share on Gurudev’s birth anniversary

Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti


  • Rabindranath Tagore was born in Kolkata on May 7, 1861
  • He is India’s first Nobel laureate
  • He penned our national anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana’

Rabindranath Tagore, India’s first Nobel laureate, was born in Kolkata on May 7, 1861. He was a poet, writer, playwright, composer, philosopher, social reformer and painter. Tagore was known as the Bard of Bengal and Gurudev.

In 1913, Tagore became the first non-European to win a Nobel Prize in Literature and the second non-European to receive a Nobel Prize after Theodore Roosevelt for Gitanjali, his best-known collection of poetry.

Tagore was the one who had penned our national anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana’, as well as ‘Amar Shonar Bangla’, which is the national anthem sung in Bangladesh.

The Bengali poet was awarded a knighthood by King George V in 1915, however, he repudiated it after the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

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Here are some Rabindranath Tagore’s quotes and poems:

Rabindranath Tagore quotes

  • If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.
  • Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
  • Music fills the infinite between two souls.
  • What is Art? It is the response of man’s creative soul to the call of the Real.
  • Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.
  • Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
  • By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.
  • Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.
  • 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.
  • Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.
  • If you shut the door to all errors, truth will be shut out.
  • Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.
  • 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.
  • Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.

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Rabindranath Tagore poems


Pluck this little flower and take it, delay not! I fear lest it

droop and drop into the dust.

I may not find a place in thy garland, but honor it with a touch of

pain from your hand and pluck it. I fear lest the day end before I am

aware, and the time of offering go by.

Though its color be not deep and its smell be faint, use this flower

in your service and pluck it while there is time.


Art thou abroad on this stormy night

on your journey of love, my friend?

The sky grows like one in despair.

I have no sleep tonight.

Ever and again I open my door and look out on

the darkness, my friend!

I can see nothing before me.

I wonder where lies thy path!

By what dim shore of the ink-black river,

by what far edge of the frowning forest,

through what mazy depth of gloom art thou threading

thy course to come to me, my friend?


I wonder if I know him

In whose speech is my voice,

In whose movement is my being,

Whose skill is in my lines,

Whose melody is in my songs

In joy and sorrow.

I thought he was chained within me,

Contained by tears and laughter,

Work and play.

I thought he was my very self

Coming to an end with my death.

Why then in a flood of joy do I feel him

In the sight and touch of my beloved?

This ‘I’ beyond self I found

On the shores of the shining sea.

Therefore I know

This ‘I’ is not imprisoned within my bounds.

Losing myself, I find him

Beyond the borders of time and space.

Through the Ages

I come to know his Shining Self

In the Iffe of the seeker,

In the voice of the poet.

From the dark clouds pour the rains.

I sit and think:

Bearing so many forms, so many names,

I come down, crossing the threshold

Of countless births and deaths.

The Supreme undivided, complete in himself,

Embracing past and present,

Dwells in Man.

Within Him I shall find myself –

The ‘I’ that reaches everywhere.


On many an idle day I have grieved over lost time.

But it is never lost, my lord.

Thou hast taken every moment of my life in thine own hands.

Hidden in the heart of things thou art nourishing seeds into sprouts,

buds into blossoms, and ripening flowers into fruitfulness.

I was tired and sleeping on my idle bed

and imagined all work had ceased.

In the morning I woke up

and found my garden full with wonders of flowers.


The song I came to sing

remains unsung to this day.

I have spent my days in stringing

and in unstringing my instrument.

The time has not come true,

the words have not been rightly set;

only there is the agony

of wishing in my heart…..

I have not seen his face,

nor have I listened to his voice;

only I have heard his gentle footsteps

from the road before my house…..

But the lamp has not been lit

and I cannot ask him into my house;

I live in the hope of meeting with him;

but this meeting is not yet.


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