Swami Vivekananda Quotes

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life; dream of it; think of it; live on that idea. Let the brain, the body, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, and this is the way great spiritual giants are produced.

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 “In a conflict between the heart and the brain, follow your heart. ”

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 “In a day, when you don’t come across any problems – you can be sure that you are travelling in a wrong path”

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The perfectly unselfish person, is the most successful.”

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 “All power is within you; you can do anything and everything.”

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“The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature.”

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“They alone live, who live for others.”

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“You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.”

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

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“Arise, awake, stop not until your goal is achieved.”

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“Neither seek nor avoid, take what comes.”

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“The fire that warms us can also consume us; it is not the fault of the fire.”

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Ask nothing; want nothing in return. Give what you have to give; it will come back to you, but do not think of that now.

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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.

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Learn everything that is good from others, but bring it in, and in your own way absorb it; do not become others.

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Whatever you think that you will be.

If you think yourself weak, weak you will be;

If you think yourself strong, you will be

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“We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our own past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in the future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act.”

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Was there ever a more horrible blasphemy than the statement that all the knowledge of God is confined to this or that book? How dare men call God infinite, and yet try to compress Him within the covers of a little book!

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Do one thing at a time, and while doing it put your whole Soul into it to the exclusion of all else.

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“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.”

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“The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.”

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Believe in yourself and the world will be at your feet.

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As Long as I Live, so long do I learn. That man or that society which has nothing to learn is already in the jaws of death.”

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“Books are infinite in number and time is short. The secret of knowledge is to take what is essential, live up to it.”

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“Education is the expression of perfection already existing in man.”

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How often does a man ruin his disciples by remaining always with them! When men are once trained, it is essential that their leader leave them, for without his absence they cannot develop themselves. Plants always remain small under a big tree.

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“The greatest truths are the simplest things in the world, simple as your own existence.”

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“Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being.”

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There is no limit to the power of the human mind. The more concentrated it is, the more power it brings.

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“Take risks in your life if you win, you can lead! If you lose, you can guide!”

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“Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this divinity by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work, or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy – by one, or more, or all of these – and be free. This is the whole of religion. Doctrines, or dogmas, or rituals, or books, or temples, or forms, are but secondary details.”

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The brain and muscles must develop simultaneously. Iron nerves with an intelligent brain — and the whole world is at your feet.

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All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind.

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Are you unselfish? That is the question. If you are, you will be perfect without reading a single religious book, without going into a single church or temple.

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The Vedanta recognizes no sin it only recognizes error. And the greatest error, says the Vedanta is to say that you are weak, that you are a sinner, a miserable creature, and that you have no power and you cannot do this and that.

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The powers of the mind are like the rays of the sun when they are concentrated they illumine.

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Blessed are they whose bodies get destroyed in the service of others.

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Astrology and all these mystical things are generally signs of a weak mind; therefore as soon as they are becoming prominent in our minds, we should see a physician, take good food, and rest.

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Don’t look back— Go ahead with, infinite energy, infinite enthusiasm, infinite daring, and infinite patience—then alone can great deeds be accomplished.

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“This is a great fact: strength is life; weakness is death. Strength is felicity, life eternal, immortal; weakness is constant strain and misery, weakness is death.”

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“Veer bhogya vasundhara” The earth is enjoyed by heroes”—this is the unfailing truth. Be a hero. Always say, “I have no fear.”

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Bless people when they insult you. Think how much good they are doing by helping to stamp out the false ego.

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Devotion to duty is the highest form of worship of God.

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The very reason for nature’s existence is for the education of the soul.

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Even the greatest fool can accomplish a task if he puts his heart at it.

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Do not believe a thing because you have read about it in a book. Do not believe a thing because another man has said it was true. Do not believe in words because they are hallowed by tradition. Find out the truth for yourself. Reason it out. That is realization.

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You must worship the Self in Krishna, not Krishna as Krishna.

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Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, and each of those statement can be true.

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Man is to become divine by realizing the divine. Idols or temples, or churches or books, are only the supports, the help of his spiritual childhood.

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The more we come out and do good to others, the more our hearts will be purified, and God will be in them.

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This World will always continue to be a mixture of Good and Evil. Our duty is to sympathize with the weak and to Love even the wrongdoer.

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The Tapas and the other hard YOGAS that were practiced in other Yugas do not work now. What is needed in this Yuga is giving, helping others.

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This universe is the wreckage of the infinite on the shores of the finite.

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Things do not grow better; they remain as they are. It is we who grow better, by the changes we make in ourselves.

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So long as the 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!

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Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvellous work. It is fear that is the great cause of misery in the world. It is fear that is the greatest of all superstitions. It is fear that is the cause of all our woes, and it is fearlessness that brings heaven even in a moment. Therefore, “arise, awake and stop not until the goal is reached.

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God gave me nothing i wanted

He gave me everything i needed.

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He who struggles is better than he who never attempts.

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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.

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A good practice carried to an extreme and worked in accordance with the letter of the law becomes a positive evil.

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 “A few heart-whole, sincere, and energetic men and women can do more in a year than a mob in a century.”

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Why Man is mortal?

Because this strengthens his will.

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If faith in ourselves had been more extensively taught and practiced, a very large portion of the evils and miseries will be vanished.

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When an idea exclusively occupies the mind, it is transformed into an actual physical or mental state.

(WHEN PEOPLE START SAYING THAT YOU ARE MAD ABOUT SOMETHING, UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE FOLLOWING THE RIGHT COURSE OF ACTION…!!!)

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Anything that brings spiritual, mental, or physical weakness, touch it not with the toes of your feet.

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Do good because it is good to do good. Ask no more.

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Never forget the glory of human nature! We are the greatest gods…. Christs and Buddhas are but waves in the boundless ocean which I AM.

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Of one hundred persons who take up the spiritual life, eighty turn out to be a fake, fifteen insane, and only five, maybe, get a glimpse of the real truth. Therefore beware.

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What is now wanted is a combination of the greatest heart with the highest intellectuality, of infinite love with infinite knowledge.

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The natural ambition of woman is through marriage to climb up, leaning upon a man; but those days are gone. You shall be great without the help of any man, just as you are.

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There was never a time when we did not exist.

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There will never be a time when we shall not exist.

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We are allowed to worship him. Stand in that reverent attitude to the whole universe, and then will come perfect non attachment.

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Stand up and be strong! No fear. No superstition. Face the truth as it is!

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We must be Bright and Cheerful, long faces do not make Religion.

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If money help a man to do good to others, it is of some value; but if not, it is simply a mass of evil, and the sooner it is got rid of, the better.

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Work for work’s sake. Worship for worship’s sake.

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If a person who can [give a blow] forbears, there is merit in that.

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Let miseries come in millions of rivers and happiness in hundreds! I am no slave to misery.  I am no slave to happiness.

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The mother and the father are the causes of this body; so a man must undergo a thousand troubles in order to do good to them.

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 “The man who has given up all desires, who desires nothing, not even this life, nor freedom, nor gods, nor work, nor anything. Gets everything he deserves.”

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Awake…! Stand up and fight..! Die if you must…!

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The mind is in its own nature when it is calm. The moment you can calm it, that [very] moment you will know the truth.

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It is better not to love, if loving only means hating others. That is no love. That is hell! If loving your own people means hating everybody else, it is the quintessence of selfishness and brutality, and the effect is that it will make you brutes. Therefore, better die working out your own natural religion than following another’s natural religion, however great it may appear to you.

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Strength is life, weakness is death.

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You find in Krishna that non-attachment is the central idea.”

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We only know the universe from the point of view of beings with five senses. Suppose we obtain another sense, the whole universe must change for us.

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The present is determined by our past actions, and the future by the present.

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The Buddhists or the Jains do not depend upon God; but the whole force of their religion is directed to the great central truth in every religion, to evolve a God out of man. They have not seen the Father, but they have seen the Son. And he that hath seen the Son hath seen the Father also.

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For all of us in this world life is a continuous fight.

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We know how often in our lives through laziness and cowardice we give up the battle and try to hypnotise our minds into the belief that we are brave.

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If you project hatred and jealousy, they will rebound on you with compound interest. No power can avert them; when once you have put them in motion, you will have to bear them. Remembering this will prevent you from doing wicked things.

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Karma means law, and it applies everywhere. Everything is bound by Karma.

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You cannot die nor can I.

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Great difference between the priests and the Upanishads. The Upanishads say, renounce.

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The next step is Asana, posture. A series of exercises, physical and mental, is to be gone through every day, until certain higher states are reached. Therefore it is quite necessary that we should find a posture in which we can remain long. That posture which is the easiest for one should be the one chosen.

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 “It is the most difficult thing in this world to work and not care for the result, to help a man and never think that he ought to be grateful, to do some good work and at the same time never look to see whether it brings you name or fame, or nothing at all. Even the most arrant coward becomes brave when the world praises him. A fool can do heroic deeds when the approbation of society is upon him, but for a man to constantly do good without caring for the approbation of his fellow men is indeed the highest sacrifice man can perform.”

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Then the gods become no gods; death becomes no death; life becomes no life.

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Work for work’s sake. There are some who are really the salt of the earth in every country and who work for work’s sake, who do not care for name, or fame, or even to go to heaven.

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Who can work without any attachment? That is the real question.

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The ideal man is he who, in the midst of the greatest silence and solitude, finds the intensest activity, and in the midst of the intensest activity finds the silence and solitude of the desert.

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First the nerves are to be purified, then comes the power to practice Pranayama. Stopping the right nostril with the thumb, through the left nostril fill in air, according to capacity; then, without any interval, throw the air out through the right nostril, closing the left one. Again inhaling through the right nostril eject through the left, according to capacity; practicing this three or five times at four hours of the day, before dawn, during midday, in the evening, and at midnight, in fifteen days or a month.

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If you want to be religious, enter not the gate of any organised religions. They do a hundred times more evil than good, because they stop the growth of each one’s individual development.

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To the Hindu, says Vivekananda, “Man is not travelling from error to truth, but climbing up from truth to truth, from truth that is lower to truth that is higher.

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We have to bear the result of our own actions because we attach ourselves to them. …”

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The [original] scriptures of the Hindus are called the Vedas.

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Uniformity is the rigorous law of nature; what once happened can happen always.

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That which is true must be infinite and eternal. That is the one test of truth. It never decays, it is always the same.

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Believe not because some old manuscripts are produced, believe not because it is your national belief, because you have been made to believe it from your childhood; but reason it all out, and after you have analysed it, then, if you find that it will do good to one and all, believe it, live up to it, and help others to live up to it.

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The Upanishads point out that the goal of man is neither misery nor happiness, but we have to be master of that out of which these are manufactured. We must be masters of the situation at its very root, as it were.

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The great men think, and you and I [also] think. But there is a difference.

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Circumstances can never be good or bad. Only the individual man can be good or bad.

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This human body is the greatest body in the universe, and a human being the greatest being. Man is higher than all animals, than all angels; none is greater than man. Even the Devas (gods) will have to come down again and attain to salvation through a human body. Man alone attains to perfection, not even the Devas.

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You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.

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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.

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