Stray Birds
  Rabindranath Tagore

Excerpts from the book by Rabindranath Tagore


We live in this world when we love it. Rabindranath Tagore quotes

Born in 1861,
Rabindranath Tagore,
the liberal religious Poet of
Asia's first Nobel laureate when he won the 1913 Nobel Prize
in Literature.

Tagore exemplifies life-affirmation and world-affirmation in uniquely potent literature of love.




Excerpts from 'Stray Birds'


We live in this world when we love it... >>>

The best does not come alone. It comes with the company of the all.

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

I cannot chose the best. The best chooses me.

Man is a born child, his power is the power of growth.

God finds himself by creating.















Life finds its wealth by the claims of the world, and its worth by the claims of love.

Do not blame your food because you have no appetite.

He has made his weapons his gods. When his weapons win he is defeated himself.

The stars are not afraid to appear like fireflies.

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

They throw their shadows before them who carry their lantern on their back.




The mind sharp, but not broad, sticks at every point but does not move.

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

He who wants to do good knocks at the gate; he who loves finds the gate open.

"How far are you from me, O Fruit?"   "I am hidden in your heart, O Flower."

Do not insult your friend by lending him merits from your own pocket.

I cast my own shadow upon my path, because I have a lamp that has not been lighted.

The bird thinks it is an act of kindness to give the fish a lift in the air.

If you shut your door to all errors truth will be shut out.

Silence will carry your voice like the nest that holds the sleeping birds.

The canal loves to think that rivers exist solely to supply it with water.

The sun greets me with a smile. The rain, his sad sister, talks to my heart.




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

By touching you may kill, by keeping away you may possess.

Men are cruel, but Man is kind.

Kicks only raise dust and not crops from the earth.

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

Set the bird's wings with gold and it will never again soar in the sky.

The stream of truth flows through its channels of mistakes.

Lead me in the centre of thy silence to fill my heart with songs.

Put out the lamp when thou wishest. I shall know thy darkness and shall love it.

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

Let this be my last word, but I trust in thy love.