Occupation: Musician, Novelist, Playwright, and Poet
Profile: Awarded the 1913 Nobel Prize in Literature. Best known for Gitanjali.
Number of Quotes: 19
After sixty years of self-experience, I have found that out and out hypocrisy is an almost impossible achievement.
Age considers; youth ventures.
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
Creation is an endless activity of God's freedom; it is an end in itself.
Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.
Freedom is true when it is a revelation of truth.
I believe in the true meeting of the East and the West.
I do not put my faith in institutions, but in individuals all over the world who think clearly, feel nobly and act rightly. They are the channels of moral truth.
I have no zeal for life. You know the only thing that concerns me? That I have laboured so hard to build Viswa-bharati, wouldn't it have no value after my exit? ... I think I have one reservation regarding death, and that is Viswa-bharati, nothing else.
I say again and again that I am a poet, that I am not a fighter by nature. I would give everything to be one with my surroundings. I love my fellow beings and I prize their love.
India has ever declared that Unity is Truth, and separateness is maya.
It hurts me deeply when the cry of rejection rings loud against the West in my country with the clamour that the Western education can only injure us.
It's difficult to know a person until he turns twenty-five - difficult to say what would happen to him ... but it is easy to recognise a twenty seven-year old - it can be said he's become what he's supposed to be, and from now on this is how his life would be guided, [if] there's anything left in his life to get astonished.
Our country is the land of rites and ceremonials, so that we have more faith in worshiping the feet of the priest than the Divinity whom he serves.
Our fight is a spiritual fight, it is for Man.
That which fails to illuminate the intellect, and only keeps it in the obsession of some delusion, is its greatest obstacle.
The danger inherent in all force grows stronger when it is likely to gain success, for then it becomes temptation.
The religion of economics is where we should above all try to bring about this union of ours ... If this field ceases to be one of warfare, if there we can prove, that not competition but cooperation is the real truth, then indeed we can reclaim from the hands of the Evil One an immense territory for the reign of peace and goodwill.
To enjoy something, it's essential to guard it with the fence of leisure.