Quotes from Swami Vivekananda

Quotes from Swami Vivekananda


Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it,live on that idea. Let the brain, 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.

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

Arise! Awake! and stop not until the goal is reached.

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.

The greatest sin is to think yourself weak

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 any thing and everything, without even the guidance of any one. Stand up and express the divinity within you.

“Face the brutes.” That is a lesson for all life—face the terrible, face it boldly. Like the monkeys, the hardships of life fall back when we cease to flee before them.

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

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

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.

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

Be not Afraid of anything. You will do Marvelous work. it is Fearlessness that brings Heaven even in a moment

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.

Education is the manifestation of perfection already existing in man.

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

This is the first lesson to learn: be determined not to curse anything outside, not to lay the blame upon anyone outside, but stand up, lay the blame on yourself. You will find that is always true. Get hold of yourself.

To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will. “I will drink the ocean”, says the persevering soul; “at my will mountains will crumble up”. Have that sort of energy, that sort of will; work hard, and you will reach the goal.

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

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.

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 freed.

Say, ‘This misery that I am suffering is of my own doing, and that very thing proves that it will have to be undone by me alone.’ That which I created, I can demolish; that which is created by someone else, I shall never be able to destroy. Therefore, stand up, be bold, be strong. Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders, and know that you are the creators of your own destiny. All the strength and success you want is within ourselves.

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

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.


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