Swami Vivekananda Quotes

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Swami Vivekananda Bengali: born Narendranath Dutta , was an Indian Hindu monk, a chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna. He was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world[4] and is credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion during the late 19th century.

2. Inspirational Quotations by Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda (Indian Hindu Mystic)

Swami Vivekananda (1863–1902,) born Narendra Nath Datta is one of most admired spiritual leaders of India.

He was the chief disciple of the 19th-century Hindu saint Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.

He was a major force in the revival of Hinduism in India, and contributed to the concept of nationalism in colonial India.

Vivekananda founded the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission.

In India, Swami Vivekananda is widely regarded as the patriot saint of modern India and a source of inspiration.

This I have seen in life?those who are overcautious about themselves fall into dangers at every step; those who are afraid of losing honor and respect, get only disgrace; and those who are always afraid of loss, always lose.
Swami Vivekananda

Be a hero. Always say, “I have no fear.” Tell this to everyone ? “Have no fear.”
Swami Vivekananda

Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth.
Swami Vivekananda

Only when a man sees this universe as God does the veil fall from his eyes; then that man, purified and cleansed, finds his whole vision changed.
Swami Vivekananda

Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way.
Swami Vivekananda

I am the thread that runs through all these pearls, and each pearl is a religion or even a sect thereof. Such are the different pearls, and God is the thread that runs through all of them; most people, however, are entirely unconscious of it.
Swami Vivekananda

So long as millions live in hunger and ignorance, I hold every person a traitor who, having been educated at their expense, pays not the least heed to them.
Swami Vivekananda

The greatest source of strength for any society is its faith in God. The day it renounces such faith will be the day that society begins to die.
Swami Vivekananda

Those who work at a thing heart and soul not only achieve success in it but through their absorption in that they also realize the supreme truth – Brahman. Those who work at a thing with their whole heart receive help from God.
Swami Vivekananda

What the world wants is character. The world is in need of those whose life is one burning love, selfless. That love will make every word tell like a thunderbolt.
Swami Vivekananda

We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate. None else has the blame, none has the praise.
Swami Vivekananda

Come out into the broad light of day, come out from the little narrow paths, for how can the infinite soul rest content to live and die in small ruts?
Swami Vivekananda

If there is one word that you find coming out like a bomb from the Upanishads, bursting like a bombshell upon masses of ignorance, it is the word “fearlessness”.
Swami Vivekananda

Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves.|We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.
Swami Vivekananda

Stand upon the Self, only then can we truly love the world. Take a very high stand; knowing our universal nature, we must look with perfect calmness upon all the panorama of the world.
Swami Vivekananda

Fear is death, fear is sin, fear is hell, fear is unrighteousness, fear is wrong life. All the negative thoughts and ideas that are in the world have proceeded from this evil spirit of fear.
Swami Vivekananda

Even the greatest fool can accomplish a task if it were after his or her heart. But the intelligent ones are those who can convert every work into one that suits their taste.
Swami Vivekananda

All that is real in me is God; all that is real in God is I. The gulf between God and me is thus bridged. Thus by knowing God, we find that the kingdom of heaven is within us.
Swami Vivekananda

Superstition is our great enemy, but bigotry is worse. If superstition enters, the brain is gone.
Swami Vivekananda

Look upon every man, woman, and everyone as God. You cannot help anyone, you can only serve: serve the children of the Lord, serve the Lord Himself, if you have the privilege.
Swami Vivekananda

The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one.Only the moment you reject all help are you free.
Swami Vivekananda

The highest manifestation of strength is to keep ourselves calm and on our own feet.
Swami Vivekananda

First, let us become gods and then help others to become gods. ‘Be and make.’ Let this be our motto.
Swami Vivekananda

All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes & cry that it is dark.
Swami Vivekananda
Topics: Mindfulness

We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.
Swami Vivekananda

If you think that you are bound, you remain bound; you make your own bondage. If you know that you are free, you are free this moment. This is knowledge, knowledge of freedom. Freedom is the goal of all nature.
Swami Vivekananda

Freedom can never be reached by the weak. Throw away all weakness. Tell your body that it is strong, tell your mind that it is strong, and have unbounded faith and hope in yourself.
Swami Vivekananda

Give me a few men and women who are pure and selfless, and I shall shake the world.
Swami Vivekananda

Strength is Life, Weakness is Death.
Expansion is Life, Contraction is Death.
Love is Life, Hatred is Death.
Swami Vivekananda

Each work has to pass through these stages — ridicule, opposition, and then acceptance. Those who think ahead of their time are sure to be misunderstood.
Swami Vivekananda

Be for a lone moment really “hopeless”, and the mist will clear. For what to hope when one is the all of existence.
Swami Vivekananda

Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is sin, this is the only sin? To say that you are weak, or others are weak.
Swami Vivekananda

The infinite library of the universe is in your mind.
Swami Vivekananda

The more you think of yourself as shining immortal spirit, the more eager you will be to be absolutely free of matter, body, and senses. This is the intense desire to be free.
Swami Vivekananda

Face the brute, which is a lesson for all life?face the terrible, face it boldly. The hardships of life fall back when we cease to flee before them.
Swami Vivekananda

If you want to have life, you have to die every moment for it. Life|and death are only different expressions of the same thing looked at|from different standpoints; they are the falling and the rising of the|same wave, and the two form one whole.
Swami Vivekananda

Strength is the sign of vigor, the sign of life, the sign of hope, the sign of health, and the sign of everything that is good. As long as the body lives, there must be strength in the body, strength in the mind, strength in the hand.
Swami Vivekananda

Come up, O lions, and shake off the delusion that you are sheep; you are soul-immortal, spirits free, blest and eternal; you are not matter, you are not bodies; matter is your servant, not you the servant of matter.
Swami Vivekananda

Good Motive, Sincerity and Infinite love can conquer the world. One single soul possessed of these virtues can destroy the dark designs of millions of hypocrites and brutes.
Swami Vivekananda

Take courage and work on. Patience and steady work–this is the only way. Go on. Remember–patience and purity and courage and steady work. So long as you are true and pure, you will never fail. Mother will never leave you. All blessings will be on you.
Swami Vivekananda

Stand up, be bold, be strong. Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders, and know that you are the creator of your own destiny. All the strength and succor you want is within yourselves. Therefore, make your own future.
Swami Vivekananda

To define God is grinding what is already ground; for He is the only being we know.
Swami Vivekananda

Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached.
Swami Vivekananda

This is the great lesson that we are here to learn through myriads of births and heavens and hells — that there is nothing to be asked for, desired for, beyond one’s spiritual Self.
Swami Vivekananda

We came to enjoy; we are being enjoyed. We came to rule; we are being ruled. We came to work; we are being worked. All the time, we find that. And this comes into every detail of our life.
Swami Vivekananda

The will is not free – it is a phenomenon bound by cause and effect – but there is something behind the will which is free.
Swami Vivekananda

Thou brave one, be bold take courage,|be proud that thou art an Indian and proudly proclaim,|I am an Indian… The Indian is my brother,|the Indian is my life, the good of India is my good,|take away my weakness, take away my unmanliness and make me a man.
Swami Vivekananda

This life is a hard fact; work your way through it boldly, though it may be adamantine; no matter, the soul is stronger.
Swami Vivekananda

We are ever free if we would only believe it, only have faith enough. You are the soul, free and eternal, ever free, ever blessed. Have faith enough and you will be free in a minute.
Swami Vivekananda

Perfection does not come from belief or faith. Talk does not count for anything. Parrots can do that. Perfection comes through selfless work.
Swami Vivekananda

All search is vain, until we begin to perceive that wisdom is within ourselves … then we may know the sun is rising, that the morning is breaking for us.
Swami Vivekananda

As long as we believe ourselves to be even the least different from God, fear remains with us; but when we know ourselves to be the One, fear goes; of what can we be afraid?
Swami Vivekananda

Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in man, and character is the test of that manifestation.
Swami Vivekananda

Fill the brain with high thoughts, highest ideals, place them day and night before you, and out of that will come great work.
Swami Vivekananda

He who always thinks himself as weak will never become strong, but he who knows himself to be a lion, rushes out from the worlds meshes, as a lion from its cage.
Swami Vivekananda

Feel like Christ and you will be a Christ; feel like Buddha and you will be a Buddha. It is feeling that is the life, the strength, the vitality, without which no amount of intellectual activity can reach God.
Swami Vivekananda

This life is short, the vanities of the world are transient, but they alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive. If all of us think for the society and the country, all our problems will be solved.
Swami Vivekananda

God is merciful to those whom He sees struggling heart and soul for realization. But remain idle, without any struggle, and you will see that His grace will never come.
Swami Vivekananda

Anything that makes weak – physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject it as poison.
Swami Vivekananda

If we really want to be blessed, and make others blessed, we must go deeper. The first step is not to disturb the mind, not to associate with persons whose ideas are disturbing.
Swami Vivekananda

Great work requires great and persistent effort for a long time. Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles.
Swami Vivekananda

However we may receive blows, and however knocked about we may be, the Soul is there and is never injured. We are that Infinite.
Swami Vivekananda

It is our mental attitude which makes the world what it is for us. Our thoughts make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our own minds.
Swami Vivekananda

The world is ready to give up its secrets if we only know how to knock, how to give it the necessary blow. The strength and force of the blow come through concentration.
Swami Vivekananda

Truth, Purity, Unselfishness|wherever these are present,|there is no power below or above the Sun|to crush the possessor thereof.
Swami Vivekananda

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