“We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility.”
“Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for she was born in another time.”
“Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.”
“Those who own much have much to fear”
Do not say, ‘It is morning,’ and dismiss it with a name of yesterday. See it for the first time as a newborn child that has no name.”
“Age considers; youth ventures.”
“No civilized society can thrive upon victims, whose humanity has been permanently mutilated.”
Tagore last five years were marked by chronic pain and two long periods of illness. These began when Tagore lost consciousness in late 1937; he remained comatose and near death for a time. This was followed in late 1940 by a similar spell, from which he never recovered. Poetry from these valetudinary years is among his finest. A period of prolonged agony ended with Tagore's death on 7 August 1941, aged eighty; he was in an upstairs room of the Jorasanko mansion he was raised in. The date is still mourned. A. K. Sen,received dictation from Tagore on 30 July 1941, a day prior to a scheduled operation: his last poem.