Rabindranath Tagore Birth Anniversary: 10 Inspirational quotes of India’s first Nobel laureate

New Delhi: Friday, May 7 is the 160th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore – India’s first Nobel prize winner and one of the world’s most prolific poets. Tagore is also known as the writer of India’s national anthem. He was born in Kolkata on May 7, 1961.

People also call Tagore as Gurudev, Kabiguru, and Biswakabi for his contribution to literature and poetry. And another famous title for him is the ‘Bard of Bengal’. Tagore won the Nobel Prize in 1913, making him the first Asian and also the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.

He was also the second non-European to win the Nobel Prize after former US President Theodore Roosevelt. Some of his well-known literary work includes Gitanjali, Choker Bali, Kabuliwala and Gitabitan. Tagore died on August 7, 1941 in his home in Kolkata.

Some of inspirational quotes of the great poet:

  1. If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.
  2. Facts are many, but the truth is one.
  3. Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
  4. Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.
  5. We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility.
  6. 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.
  7. Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.
  8. Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.
  9. Gray hairs are signs of wisdom if you hold your tongue, speak and they are but hairs, as in the young
  10. The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but that makes our life in harmony with all existence.

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