Swami Vivekananda Quotes

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Every idea that strengthens you must be taken up and every thought that weakens you must be rejected.

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

Do not lower your goals to the level of your abilities. Instead, raise your abilities to the height of your goals.

This is no world. It is God Himself. In delusion we call it world.

Take Risks in Your Life If u Win, U Can Lead! If u Lose, You Can Guide!

Real freedom is not merely doing what you like, but also NOT doing what you like.

So long as even a single dog in my country is without food, my whole religion will be to feed it.

Religion is the life of India, religion is the language of this country, the symbol of all its movements.

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

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.

Whom anger chains, can ever pass thro' Maya's gates.

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

That which is selfish is immoral, and that which is unselfish is moral.

If superstition enters, the brain is gone.

Despondency is not religion, whatever else it may be.

Do not wait for anybody or anything. Do whatever you can. Build your hope on none.

It's the coward who says, 'This is fate'...It's the strong who stands up & says 'I will make my fate'.

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.

Neither money pays, nor name pays, nor fame, nor learning; it is CHARACTER that cleave through adamantine walls of difference.

Thinking of objects, attachment to them is formed in a man. From attachment longing, and from longing anger grows.

So long as there is desire or want, it is a sure sign that there is imperfection. A perfect, free being cannot have any desire.

When once you consider an action, do not let anything dissuade you. Consult your heart, not others, and then follow its dictates.

Oh, if only you knew yourselves! You are souls; you are Gods. If ever I feel like blaspheming, it is when I call you man.

Give up all desire for enjoyment in earth or heaven. Control the organs of the senses and control the mind. Bear every misery without even knowing that you are miserable. Think of nothing but spiritual freedom.

All love is expansion, 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.

You see, no one can teach anybody. The teacher spoils everything by thinking that he is teaching. Thus Vedanta says that within man is all knowledge-even in a boy it is so-and it requires only an awakening, and that much is the work of a teacher.

The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him - that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free.

For a warrior, nothing is higher than a war against evil. The warrior confronted with such a war should be pleased, Arjuna, for it comes as an open gate to heaven. But if you do not participate in this battle against evil, you will incur sin, violating your dharma and your honor.

Know that all sins and all evils can be summed up in that one word, weakness. It is weakness that is the motive power in all evil doing; it is weakness that makes men injure others; it is weakness that makes them manifest what they are not in reality. Let them know what they really are.....

Wherever there is evil and wherever there is ignorance and want of knowledge, I have found out by experience that all evil comes, as our scriptures say, relying upon differences, and that all good comes from faith in equality, in the underlying sameness and oneness of things. This is the great Vedantic ideal.

Mark you, if you give up spirituality, leaving it aside to go after the materializing civilization of the West, the result will be that in three generations you will be an extinct race; because the backbone of the nation will be broken, the foundation upon which the national edifice has been built will be undermined, and the result will be annihilation all round.

Never say NO, Never say, 'I cannot', for you are INFINITE. All the power is WITHIN you. You can do anything.

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