Rabindranath Tagore, who penned the national anthems of both India and Bangladesh, influenced Indian subcontinent politics, art, culture, music, including being the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. (His acceptance so-called Banquet Speech: “I beg to convey to the Swedish Academy my grateful appreciation of the breadth of understanding which has brought the distant near, and has made a stranger a brother.” He was also a leading voice in during the freedom struggle in India, and, in 1919, renounced his knighthood in response to the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. In his letter to Viceroy Chelmsford, Tagore protests the “most terribly efficient organization for destruction of human lives”:
The time has come when badges of honour make our shame glaring in the incongruous context of humiliation, and I for my part wish to stand, shorn of all special distinctions, by the side of those of my countrymen, who, for their so-called insignificance, are liable to suffer degradation not fit for human beings.
Read Tagore’s “Unending Love” from Truth Bomb Trails.
Enjoy the following 66 words!
“What you are you do not see, what you see is your shadow.”
“He has made his weapon his gods. When his weapons win he is defeated himself.”
“God grows weary of great kingdoms, but never of little flowers.”
“The roots below the earth claim no rewards for making the branches fruitful.”
“If you want to be bigger than you are, to your own self humbly bow.”