Quotes from the profound and heartfelt Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore, accompanied by 6 paintings and images, 3 of which are his own works!

“LET ONLY THAT little be left of me whereby I may name thee my all.”

“The night is black as a black stone. Let not the hours pass by in the dark. Kindle the lamp of love with thy life.”

“And because I love this life, I know I shall love death as well.”

“THIS IS MY prayer to thee, my Lord-strike, strike at the root of penury in my heart.
Give me the strength lightly to bear my joys and sorrows.
Give me the strength to make my love fruitful in service.
Give me the strength never to disown the poor or bend my knees before insolent might.
Give me the strength to raise my mind high above daily trifles.
And give me the strength to surrender my strength to thy will with love.”

“HE CAME AND sat by my side but I woke not. What a cursed sleep it was, O miserable me!
He came when the night was still; he had his harp in his hands, and my dreams became resonant with its melodies.
Alas, why are my nights all thus lost? Ah, why do I ever miss his sight whose breath touches my sleep?”

“Oh my only friend, my best beloved, the gates are open in my house – do not pass by like a dream.”

“WHEN I go from hence let this be my parting word, that what I have seen is unsurpassable. I have tasted of the hidden honey of this lotus that expands on the ocean of light, and thus am I blessed—let this be my parting word. In this playhouse of infinite forms I have had my play and here have I caught sight of him that is formless. My whole body and my limbs have thrilled with his touch who is beyond touch; and if the end comes here, let it come – let this be my parting word.”

All Rabindranath Tagore Quotes

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Walt Whitman 
in Leaves of Grass (1855)

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