Rabindranath Tagore

“The traveler has to knock at every alien door to come to his own, and he has to wonder through all the outer worlds to reach the innermost shrine at the end.”

This is such a beautiful quote. By Bengali poet and novelist, Rabindranath Tagore (7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941).

Also a musician, painter and playwright, he reshaped Bengali literature and music.  He was the first non-European to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature (1913).

Some other beautiful words written by home are below.

“I travelled the old road every day, I took my fruits to the market,

my cattle to the meadows, I ferried my boat across the stream and

all the ways were well known to me.

One morning my basket was heavy with wares. Men were busy in

the fields, the pastures crowded with cattle; the breast of earth

heaved with the mirth of ripening rice.

Suddenly there was a tremor in the air, and the sky seemed to

kiss me on my forehead. My mind started up like the morning out of

mist.

I forgot to follow the track. I stepped a few paces from the

path, and my familiar world appeared strange to me, like a flower

I had only known in bud.

My everyday wisdom was ashamed. I went astray in the fairyland

of things. It was the best luck of my life that I lost my path that

morning, and found my eternal childhood.”

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

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

“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.”

“Love’s gift cannot be given, it waits to be accepted.”

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”

“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.”

“It is very simple to be happy, but it is very difficult to be simple.”

“Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.”

“I seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times, in life after life, in age after age forever.”

“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in you. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.”

“Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for she was born in another time.”

“I seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times, in life after life, in age after age forever.”

Apparently he’s the writer of this poem, whom i have heard of many times in chinese

The furthest distance in the world

Is not between life and death

But when I stand in front of you

Yet you don’t know that I love you

The furthest distance in the world

Is not when I stand in front of you

Yet you can’t see my love

But when undoubtedly knowing the love from both

Yet cannot be together

 

The furthest distance in the world

Is not being apart while being in love

But when plainly cannot resist the yearning

Yet pretending you have never been in my heart

 

The furthest distance in the world

Is not but using one’s indifferent heart

To dig an uncrossible river

For the one who loves you

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