British decent Ruskin Bond is an Indian Author whose books and stories like The Room On The Roof, The Blue Umbrella, A Flight Of Pigeons etc have had us entertained and moved. He has been writing for the last 67 years and has been awarded the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan and currently lives in Landour, Mussoorie.

He is well-known for his classic tales for children and as we reminiscence, on his 84th birthday, we look back at some of his most passionate quotes that have us feeling profound.

  1. “and when all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful.”

    ― Ruskin Bond, Scenes from a Writer’s Life

  2. “To be able to laugh and to be merciful are the only things that make man better than the beast”

    ― Ruskin Bond

  3. “How evanescent those loves and friendships seem at this distance in time…We move on, make new attachments. We grow old. But sometimes, we hanker for old friendships, the old loves. Sometimes I wish I was young again. Or that I could travel back in time and pick up the threads. Absent so long, I may have stopped loving you, friends; but I will never stop loving the Day I loved you.”

    ― Ruskin Bond

  4. “Red roses for young lovers. French beans for longstanding relationships”

    ― Ruskin Bond, Ruskin Bond’s Book Of Nature

  5. “All glory comes from daring to begin.”

    ― Ruskin Bond, Scenes from a Writer’s Life

  6. “Happiness is a mysterious thing, to be found somewhere between too little and too much.”

    ― Ruskin Bond, A Book of Simple Living

  7. “It is always the same with mountains. Once you have lived with them for any length of time, you belong to them. There is no escape.”

    ― Ruskin Bond, Rain in the Mountains: Notes from the Himalayas

  8. “love is undying,of that I feel certain.I mean deep,abiding,cherishing love.The love that gives protection even as you,my guardian angel,gave me protection long after you had gone-and continue to give this very day…

    A love beyond Death-a love that makes Life alive!”

    ― Ruskin Bond, Scenes from a Writer’s Life

  9. “Yesterday, I was sad, tomorrow I may be sad again, but today I know that I am happy. I want to live on and on, delighting like a pagan in all that is physical; and I know that this one lifetime, however long, cannot satisfy my heart.”

    ― Ruskin Bond, Delhi Is Not Far

  10. “Happiness is an elusive state of mind not to be gained by clumsy pursuit. It is given to those who do not sue for it: to be unconcerned about the desired good is probably the only way to possess it.”

    ― Ruskin Bond, The Lamp is Lit: Leaves from a Journal