51 Inspiring Quotes From Swami Vivekananda


I dare to say anything about him, most likely because words and expressions will fall a short. Most of the time I keep quiet when it comes to Vivekananda; it was started since my school days when I was first introduced to him. Later I became a fan of him; I have collected a lot of books about him, even the letters of Vivekananda’s too.

A person who wants to live a positive life and truly wants to find his purpose in life, I would suggest him to read Vivekananda’s works. His works have the power to transform you from “Rat” to “Tiger”.

51 Inspiring Quotes From Swami Vivekananda

“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.”

“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.”

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

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

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

“Neither seek nor avoid, take what comes.”

“All love is expansions all selfishness is contraction. Love is therefore the only law of life. He who loves lives, he who is selfish is dying. Therefore love for love’s sake, because it is the only law of life, just as you breathe to live. This is the secret of selfless love, selfless action and the rest.”

“The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves.”

“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.”

“The great secret of true success, of true happiness, is this: the man or woman who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish person, is the most successful.”

“Be not afraid of anything. You will do Marvelous work. it is Fearlessness that brings Heaven even in a moment.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Strength is Life, Weakness is Death.
Expansion is Life, Contraction is Death.
Love is Life, Hatred is Death.”

“whatever you think that you will be. if you think yourself weak, weak you will be; if you think yourself strong, you will be”

“All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.”

“Shri Ramakrishna use to say, “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.”

“A fool may buy all the books in the world, and they will be in his library, but he will be able to read only those that he deserves to.”

“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.”

“Don’t look back—forward, infinite energy, infinite enthusiasm, infinite daring, and infinite patience—then alone can great deeds be accomplished.”

“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.”

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

“Dare to be free, dare to go as far as your thought leads, and dare to carry that out in your life. ”

“You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you,
none can make you spiritual.

“All power is within you; you can do anything and everything. Believe in that, do not believe that you are weak; do not believe that you are half-crazy lunatics, as most of us do nowadays. You can do anything and everything, without even the guidance of anyone. Stand up and express the divinity within you.”

“Anything that makes weak – physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject it as poison.”

“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

“Feel nothing, know nothing, do nothing, have nothing, give up all to God, and say utterly, ‘Thy will be done.’ We only dream this bondage. Wake up and let it go.”

“Learn Everything that is Good from Others, but bring it in, and in your own way absorb it; do not become others.”

“The whole life is a succession of dreams. My ambition is to be a conscious dreamer, that is all.”

“believe in yourself and the world will be at your feet”

“Be strong! … You talk of ghosts and devils. We are the living devils. The sign of life is strength and growth. The sign of death is a weakness. Whatever is weak, avoid! It is death. If it is a strength, go down to hell and get hold of it! There is salvation only for the brave. “None but the brave deserves the fair,  None but the bravest deserves salvation.”

“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 about yourself. Reason it out. That is realization.”

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

“There is no limit to the power of the human mind. The more concentrated it is, the more power is brought to bear on one point”

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

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

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

“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.”

“All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind because oneness is the secret of everything.”

 “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.” – Swami Vivekananda

“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!”

“Desire, ignorance, and inequality—this is the trinity of bondage.”

“Take Risks in Your Life If you Win, you Can Lead! If you Lose, you Can Guide!”

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

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

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

“Comfort is no test of truth. The truth is often far from being comfortable.”

“They alone live, who live for others.”

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

“The greatest sin is to think yourself weak”

“The greatest sin is to think yourself weak”

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

There is no other teacher but your own soul.”

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