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1861 - 1941, Bengali poet, philosopher, composer, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.
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If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing
the stars.
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Don't limit a child to your own learning, for she was born in another time.
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The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in
harmony with all existence.
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If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door - or I'll make a door.
Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.
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Age considers; youth ventures.
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Reach high, for stars lie hidden in you. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.
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Most people believe the mind to be a mirror, more or less accurately reflecting the world
outside them, not realizing on the contrary that the mind is itself the principal element of
creation.
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The traveler has to knock at every alien door to come to his own, and one has to wander
through all the outer worlds to reach the innermost shrine at the end.
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You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
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Music fills the infinite between two souls. This has been muffled by the mist of our daily
habits.
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Love is the ultimate meaning of everything around us. It is not a mere sentiment; it is truth;
it is the joy that is at the root of all creation.
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The truth comes as conqueror only because we have lost the art of receiving it as guest.
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The human soul is on its journey from the law to love, from discipline to liberation, from the
moral plane to the spiritual.
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The wise man warns me that life is but a dewdrop on the lotus leaf.
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Love is an endless mystery, for it has nothing else to explain it.
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I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold,
service was joy.
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Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.
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Life's errors cry for the merciful beauty that can modulate their isolation into a harmony with
the whole.
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Life is given to us, we earn it by giving it.
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If anger be the basis of our political activities, the excitement tends to become an end in
itself, at the expense of the object to be achieved. Side issues then assume an exaggerated
importance, and all gravity of thought and action is lost; such excitement is not an exercise
of strength, but a display of weakness.
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God waits to win back his own flowers as gifts from man's hands.
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The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
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Truth cannot afford to be tolerant where it faces positive evil.
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O Woman, you are not merely the handiwork of God, but also of men; these are ever endowing
you with beauty from their own hearts… You are one-half woman and one-half dream.
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God respects me when I work, but he loves me when I sing.
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The soil in return for her service keeps the tree tied to her, the sky asks nothing and leaves it
free.
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Our passions and desires are unruly, but our character subdues these elements into a
harmonious whole.
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Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.
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A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it.
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Beauty is in the ideal of perfect harmony which is in the universal being; truth the perfect
comprehension of the universal mind. We individuals approach it through our own mistakes
and blunders, through our accumulated experience, through our illumined consciousness -
how, otherwise, can we know truth?
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The biggest changes in a women's nature are brought by love; in man, by ambition.
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Love's gift cannot be given, it waits to be accepted.
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He who wants to do good knocks at the gate; he who loves finds the gate open.
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Those who are near me do not know that you are nearer to me than they are. Those who
speak to me do not know that my heart is full with your unspoken words. Those who crowd in
my path do not know that I am walking alone with you. Those who love me do not know that
their love brings you to my heart.
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