Quotes of Swami Vivekananda – 10

Quotes – 10

  1. Don’t die of fright. Die fighting. Don’t go down till you are knocked down.
  2. All the negative thoughts and ideas that are in the world have proceeded from this evil spirit of fear.
  3. Out of purity and silence comes the word of power.
  4. Pure love has no motive. It has nothing to gain.
  5. The real individuality is that which never changes and will never change; and that is the God within us.
  6. Hold the ideal a thousand times, and if you fail a thousand times, make the attempt once more.
  7. Live for an ideal, and leave no place in the mind for anything else.
  8. We must be bright and cheerful. Long faces do not make religion.
  9. “The earth is enjoyed by heroes”-this is the unfailing truth. Be a hero. Always say, “I have no fear”.
  10. Impurity is a mere superimposition under which your real nature has become hidden. But the real you is already perfect, already strong.
  11. Man comes from God in the beginning, in the middle he becomes man, and in the end he goes back to God.
  12. If the mind is intensely eager, everything can be accomplished—mountains can be crumbled into atoms.
  13. Each work has to pass through these stages—ridicule, opposition, and then acceptance.
  14. The first sign of your becoming religious is that you are becoming cheerful.
  15. We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.
  16. Be thou unselfish.
  17. Existence cannot be produced by non-existence. Something cannot come out of nothing.
  18. All religions are different expressions of the same truth; all march on or die out.
  19. We believe all religions are good, only those who hold them must not quarrel.
  20. We believe that if he is a good man he will be saved. Even an atheist, if he is a good man, we believe must be saved. That is our religion.
  21. All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.
  22. Everything can be sacrificed for truth, but truth cannot be sacrificed for anything.
  23. The goal of mankind is knowledge, now this knowledge is inherent in man. No knowledge comes from outside: it is all inside.
  24. 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.
  25. If there is sin, this is the only sin – to say that you are weak, or others are weak.
  26. Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so.
  27. The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves!
  28. 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.
  29. If money helps a man to do good to others ,it is of some value; but if not, it is simply a mass of evil, & the sooner it is got rid of, the better
  30. It is feeling that is the life, the strength, the vitality, without which no amount of intellectual activity can reach God.
  31. If you see something evil, think that you do not understand it in the right light. Throw the burden on yourselves! It’s The Way You Feel: Feel like Christ and you will be a Christ; feel like Buddha and you will be a Buddha.
  32. Everything in the world is good, is holy and beautiful.
  33. First, believe in this world – that there is meaning behind everything.
  34. The whole world is in our own minds. Learn to see things in the proper light.
  35. Our thoughts make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly.
  36. It is our own mental attitude, which makes the world what it is for us.
  37. Therefore, love for love’s sake, because it is law of life, just as you breathe to live.
  38. Love is therefore the only law of life. He who loves lives, he who is selfish is dying.
  39. All love is expansion, all selfishness is contraction.
  40. One infinite pure and holy—beyond thought beyond qualities I bow down to thee.
  41. “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.
  42. Come out into the universe of Light. Everything in the universe is yours, stretch out your arms and embrace it with love.
  43. Do not look back upon what has been done. Go ahead!
  44. All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind.
  45. Both the forces of good and evil will keep the universe alive for us, until we awake from our dreams and give up this building of mud pies.
  46. Desire, ignorance, and inequality—this is the trinity of bondage.
  47. Each work has to pass through these stages—ridicule, opposition, and then acceptance.
  48. The Self when it appears behind the universe is called God. The same Self when it appears behind this little universe–the body –is the soul.
  49. “Face the brutes.” That is a lesson for all life—face the terrible, face it boldly.
  50. The Kingdom of Heaven is within us. He’s there. He’s the soul of our souls. See Him in your own soul. That is practical religion. That’s freedom.
  51. When once you consider an action, do not let anything dissuade you. Consult your heart, not others, and then follow its dictates.
  52. Whenever we attain a higher vision, the lower vision disappears of itself.
  53. We must approach religion with reverence and with love, and our heart will stand up and say, this is truth, and this is untruth.
  54. Truth does not pay homage to any society, ancient or modern. Society has to pay homage to Truth or die.
  55. A few heart-whole, sincere, and energetic men and women can do more in a year than a mob in a century.
  56. All truth is eternal. Truth is nobody’s property; no race, no individual can lay any exclusive claim to it. Truth is the nature of all souls.
  57. Anything that brings spiritual, mental, or physical weakness, touch it not with the toes of your feet.
  58. As thoughts are the seeds of all actions, let me plant only good, pure seeds so that the fruit will be the best.
  59. Blows’re what awaken us and help to break the dream. They show us the insufficiency of this world and make us long to escape, to have freedom.
  60. As body, mind, or soul, you are a dream; you really are Being, Consciousness, Bliss (satchidananda). You are the God of this universe.
  61. Be a hero. Always say, “I have no fear.” Tell this to everyone—“Have no fear.”
  62. We may talk and reason all our lives, but we shall not understand a word of truth until we experience it ourselves.
  63. Experience is the only teacher we have.
  64. All the negative thoughts and ideas that are in this world have proceeded from this evil spirit of fear.
  65. Fear is death, fear is sin, fear is hell, fear is unrighteousness.
  66. First get rid of the delusion “I am the body,” then only will we want real knowledge.
  67. First, believe in the world—that there is meaning behind everything.
  68. Go on saying, “I am free.” Never mind if the next moment delusion comes and says, “I am bound.” Dehypnotize the whole thing.
  69. God is merciful to those whom He sees struggling heart and soul for realization.
  70. God is not to be reached by the weak. Never be weak. You have infinite strength within you. How else will you conquer anything?
  71. When there is faith and victory in the mind, success can be gained. If the thoughts are weak, there is defeat.
  72. Great work requires great and persistent effort for a long time. Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles.
  73. However we may receive blows, and however knocked about we may be, the Soul is there and is never injured. We are that Infinite.
  74. If superstition enters, the brain is gone.
  75. If the mind is intensely eager, everything can be accomplished—mountains can be crumbled into atoms.
  76. If there is no strength in body and mind, the Atman cannot be realized. First you have to build the body by good nutritious food.
  77. Give up the identification with the body, and stand up!
  78. Is there any sex-distinction in the Atman (Self)? Out with the differentiation between man and woman—all is Atman!
  79. It is feeling that is the life, the strength, the vitality, without which no amount of intellectual activity can reach God.
  80. It is only by doing good to others that one attains to one’s own good.

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