Ultimate 200+ Swami Vivekananda Quotes Collection

Swami Vivekananda Quotes on Education:

  • A nation is advanced in proportion to education and intelligence spread among masses.

  • Education is not the amount of information that is put into your brain and runs riot there, undigested, all your life. We must have life building, man making, character making assimilation of ideas.

  • Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in man.

  • Fill the brain with huge thoughts, highest ideals, place them day and night before you and out of that will come Great Work.

  • Infatuation is the biggest disease, greed is the worst enemy of an individual, anger is the endless fire and among all possessions, knowledge is supreme.

  • The current and expression of will are brought under control and become fruitful is called education.

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

  • True guidance is like a small torch in a dark forest. It does not show everything once. But gives enough light for the next step to be safe.

  • We want education by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded and by which one can stand on one’s feet.

  • What is education? Is it book-learning?    Is it diverse knowledge?  Not even that.  The training by which the current and expression of will are brought under control and become fruitful is called education.

Swami Vivekananda Quotes on Love: 

  • All hatred is killing the “Self by the self”, therefore love is the law of life.

  • 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.

  • All things in the universe are of divine origin and deserve to be loved; it has, however, to be borne in mind that the love of the whole includes the love of the parts.

  • Beautiful things are not always good but good things are always beautiful!

  • Be Grateful to the Man you help, think of Him as God. Is it not a great privilege to be allowed to worship God by helping our fellow men?

  • Begin to love. Power must go. Nothing must stand between me and God except love. God is only love and nothing else—love first, love in the middle, and love at the end.

  • Books and learning, Yoga and meditation and illumination – all are but dust compared with love.

  • Do not hate anybody, because that hatred which comes out from you must, in the long run, come back to you.  If you love, that love will come back to you completing the circle.

  • Do not make the mistake of giving the heart to anything that is changing, because that is misery.

  • Do you know why God created gaps between fingers? So that someone who is special to you comes and fills those gaps by holding your hand forever.

  • Do you love your country?  Then come, let us struggle for higher and better things; look not back, no, not even if you see the dearest and nearest cry.  Look not back, but forward.

  • Every act of love brings happiness; there is no act of love which does not bring peace and blessedness as its reaction.

  • Every step that has been really gained in the world has been gained by love.

  • First, let us become gods and then help others to become gods. ‘Be and make.’ Let this be our motto.

  • God is love, and love is God.

  • Good results can be produced only through love, through sympathy.

  • Have Faith in Man, whether he appears to you to be a very learned one or a most ignorant one.

  • Heart is very good fertilizer; anything we plant – love, hate, fear, hope, revenge, jealousy – surely grows and bears fruit.  We have to decide what to harvest.

  • His 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.

  • Human love is seen to flourish only in places where it is returned; where love is not returned for love, cold indifference is the natural result.

  • If I love myself despite my finite faults, how can I have anyone at the glimpse of a few faults?

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

  • In hurting anyone, you hurt yourself, in loving anyone, you love yourself.

  • Kindness and love can buy you the whole world; lectures and books and philosophy all stand lower than these.

  • Love all creatures. Do not be jealous of anyone. Look not to the faults of others.

  • Love and do good to everybody, but do not become a slave.

  • Mind is a not a dustbin to keep anger, hatred and jealousy. But is a treasure box to keep love, happiness and sweet memories.

  • Nothing else is necessary but these – Love, Sincerity and Patience!

  • Patience with family is love, patience with others is respect. Patience with self is confidence and patience with God is faith.

  • Purity, patience, and perseverance are the three essentials to success, and, above all, love.

  • Relationships are more important than life, but it is important for those relationships to have life in them.

  • Stay away from anger… it hurts… only you!

  • 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.

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

  • The more we grow in Love, Virtue and Holiness, the more we see Love, Virtue and Holiness outside.

  • The only way is love and sympathy. The only worship is love.

  • They alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive.

Swami Vivekananda Quotes on Spirituality: 

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

  • All idea of separation is bondage that of non-differentiation is Mukti. Let not the words of people dead-drunk with worldliness terrify you. Be fearless; ignore the ordinary critics as worms!

  • 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.

  • As different streams having different sources all mingle their waters in the sea, so different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to God.

  • 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.

  • Be not in despair, the way is very difficult, like walking on the edge of a razor; yet despair not, arise, awake, and find the ideal, the goal.

  • Come out into the broad open light of day, come out from the little narrow paths, for how can the infinite soul rest content to live and die in small ruts? Come out into the universe of Light. Everything in the universe is yours, stretch out your arms and embrace it with love. If you ever felt you wanted to do that, you have felt God.

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

  • Do not be afraid of a small beginning. Great things come afterwards. Be courageous. Do not try to lead your brethren, but serve them. The brutal mania for leading has sunk many a great ships in the waters of life. Take care especially of that, i.e. be unselfish even unto death, and work.

  • Do not figure out big plans at first, but, begin slowly, feel your ground and proceed up and up.

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

  • 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.

  • Everything that is excellent will come when this sleeping soul is aroused to self conscious activity.

  • Feel like Christ and you will be a Christ; feel like Buddha and you will be a Buddha. It is feeling that is the life, the strength, the vitality, without which no amount of intellectual activity can reach God.

  • 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.

  • First, let us become gods and then help others to become gods. ‘Be and make.’ Let this be our motto.

  • Go on bravely. Do not expect success in a day or a year. Always hold on to the highest. Be steady. Avoid jealousy and selfishness. Be obedient and eternally faithful to the cause of truth, humanity, and your country, and you will move the world.

  • God is to be worshiped as the one beloved, dearer than everything in this and next life.

  • Happiness keeps you sweet… But being sweet brings happiness.

  • He is an atheist who does not believe in himself. The old religions said that he was an atheist who did not believe in God. The new religion says that he is an atheist who does not believe in himself.

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

  • It is our own mental attitude, which makes the world what it is for us. Our thoughts make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our own minds. Learn to see things in the proper light.

  • Like me or hate me, both are in my favour.  If you like me I am in your heart, if you hate me I am in your mind.

  • Meditation can turn fools in to sages but unfortunately fools never meditate.

  • Never think hard about the past, it brings tears… Don’t think more about the future, it brings fear… live this moment with a smile, it brings cheer.

  • Never think there is anything impossible for the soul is the greatest heresy to think so.  If there is sin, this is the only sin to say that you are weak, or others are weak.

  • Realize your true nature. That is all there is to do. Know yourself as you are – infinite Spirit. That is practical religion. Everything else is impractical, for everything else will perish.

  • Religion is being and becoming. Religion is the manifestation of the Divinity already in man.

  • Religion is the manifestation of the natural strength that is in man.

  • Spirituality as a science, as a study, is the greatest and healthiest exercise that the human mind can have.

  • Stand and die in your own strength; if there is any sin in the world, it is weakness; avoid all weakness; for weakness is sin, weakness is death.

  • Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, and 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.

  • Talk to yourself once in a day… Otherwise you may miss meeting an excellent person in this world.

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

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

  • The only definition that can be given of morality is this: That which is selfish is immoral, and that which is unselfish is moral.

  • The real individuality is that which never changes and will never change; and that is the God within us.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • This attachment of Love to God is indeed one that does not bind the soul but effectively breaks all its bondage.

  • This life is short, the vanities of the world are transient, but they alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive.

  • To be good and to do good that is the whole of religion.

  • Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.

  • Truth, purity and unselfishness – wherever these are present, there is no power below or above the sun to crush the possessor thereof. Equipped with these, one individual is able to face the whole universe in opposition.

  • Try to be pure and unselfish, that is the whole of religion.

  • We reap what we sow; we are the makers of our own fate. None else has the blame, none has the price.

  • What is material and what is not? When the world is the end and God is the means to attain that end that is material. When God is the end and the world is only the means to attain that end, spirituality has begun.

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

  • Where should you go to seek for God — are not all the poor, the miserable, the weak, Gods? Why not worship them first? Why go to dig a well on the shores of the Ganga?

  • Without birth or death, eternal, ever-existing, free, unchangeable and beyond all conditions is this Soul of man – the real Self of Man – the Atman.

  • You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.

  • 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.

  • You need not worry or make yourself sleepless about the world; it will go on without you.

Swami Vivekananda Quotes on Students: 

  • 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.

  • A man is not poor without a rupee. But man is really poor without a dream and ambition.

  • Always the wrong person gives you the right lesson in life.

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • Do not afraid of anything.  You will do marvelous work. The moment you fear, you are nobody.  Be a hero.  Always say, “I have no fear”.  Tell this to everybody. Have no fear.

  • Do not figure out big plans at first, but begin slowly, feel your ground and proceed up and up.

  • Don’t over think, over thinking leads to Negative Thoughts.

  • Don’t give any chance for others to steal your smile. Because, it’s the most valuable asset than anything in your life!

  • Everything is easy when you are busy. But nothing is easy when you are lazy.

  • Experience is the only teacher we have. We may talk and reason all our lives, but we shall not understand a word of truth.

  • Freedom is never to be reached by the weak. Throw away all weakness. Tell your body that it is strong, tell your mind that it is strong, and have unbounded faith and hope in yourself.

  • He who struggles is better than he who never attempts.

  • If the Student thinks he is the Spirit, he will be a better Student. If the Lawyer thinks he is the Spirit, he will be a better Lawyer, and so on.

  • It is our own mental attitude which makes the world what it is for us. Our thought make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly.  The whole world is in our own mind.  Learn to see things in the proper light.

  • It is the coward and the fool who says, “This is fate”. But it is the strong man who stands up and says, “I will make my fate”.

  • Knowledge can only be got in one way. The way of experience, there is no other way to know.

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

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

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

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

  • The rose called by any other name would smell as sweet.

  • Whatever you believe, that you will be, if you believe yourselves to be ages, ages you will be tomorrow. There is nothing to obstruct you.

  • Who is helping you, don’t forget them. Who is loving you, don’t hate them.  Who is believing you, don’t cheat them.

  • 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.

Swami Vivekananda Quotes on Youth:

  • All power is within you; you can do anything and everything. Believe in that; don’t believe that you are weak, stand up and express the divinity within you.

  • Always first learn to be a servant, and then you will be fit to be a master. Avoid jealousy, and you will do great works that are yet to be done.

  • Anything that makes you weak physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject as poison.

  • Arise! Awake! And stop not until the goal is reached.

  • Be a Hero. Always say, “I have no fear”.

  • Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvelous work.  The moment you fear, you are nobody.  Be a hero.  Always say, “I have no fear”. Tell this to everybody.  Have no fear.

  • Be the servant while leading.  Be unselfish.  Have infinite patience, and success is yours.

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

  • By doing well the duty which is nearest to us, the duty which is in our hands, we make ourselves stronger.

  • 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.

  • Conquer yourself and the whole universe is yourself.

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

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

  • Every test in our life makes us bitter or better, every problem comes to make us or break us, the choice is ours whether we become victims or victorious.

  • Have faith that you are all, my brave lads, born to do great things!  Let not the barks of puppies frighten you – no, not even the thunderbolts of heaven!

  • He who can become mad with an idea, he alone sees light.

  • If you are right then there is no need to get angry, and if you are wrong then you don’t have any right to get angry.

  • If you don’t learn to control your Thoughts, you will never learn how to control your Behavior.

  • Like fire in a piece of flint, knowledge exists in the mind. Suggestion is the friction which brings it out.

  • My faith is in the younger generation, the modern generation out of them will come my workers. They will work out the whole problem, like lions. I have formulated the idea and have given my life to it.  If I do not achieve success, some better one will come after me to work it out, and I shall be content to struggle.

  • Realize yourself. That is all there is to do. Know yourself as you are – infinite spirit. That is practical religion. Everything else is impractical, for everything else will vanish.

  • Stand up, be bold, and take the blame on your own shoulders. Do not go about throwing mud at other; for all the faults you suffer from, you are the sole and only cause.

  • Strength is Life; Weakness is Death.

  • Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders, and know that you are the creator of your own destiny.

  • 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, and every part of your body be full of that idea and just leave every other idea alone.  This the way to “SUCCESS”.  And this is the way great spiritual giants are produced.  Others are mere talking machines.

  • Talk yourself at least once in a day. Otherwise you may miss a meeting with an excellent person in this world.

  • Tell the truth boldly, whether it hurts or not. Never pander to weakness.  If truth is too much for intelligent people and sweeps them away, let them go; the sooner the better.

  • The great undertakings are achieved through mighty obstacles.

  • 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.

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

  • Throw away all weakness. Tell your body that it is strong. Tell your mind that it is strong and have unbound faith and hope in yourself.

  • When you are doing any work… do it as worship, as he highest worship, and devote your whole life to it for the time being.

  • You must have an iron will if you would cross the ocean. You must be strong enough to pierce the mountains.

  • You need not worry or make yourself sleepless about the world; it will go on without you.

  • You should work like a master and not as a slave; work incessantly, but do not do a slave’s work.

  • Your aim is yours. So don’t change it for others. But, your character is not yours so change it for others.

  • Your body is a weapon and consider it very strong. Consider your mind to be very strong as only with strong mind and body you will be able to cross the ocean of life.  Have a strong faith in yourself, your body and mind.

Swami Vivekananda’s Thoughts:

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

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

  • 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.

  • As you will think, as you will become. If you consider yourself weak then you will become weak and if you consider yourself strong then you will become strong.

  • Be religious. This will make you happy and your mind will be under control.

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

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

  • Even the greatest fool can accomplish a task if it were after his or her heart. But the intelligent ones are those who can convert every work into one that suits their taste.

  • Everything that is excellent will come when this sleeping soul is aroused to self conscious activity.

  • Faith, faith, faith in ourselves, faith, faith in God … this is the secret of greatness.

  • God Gave Me Nothing I Wanted! He Gave Me Everything I Needed!

  • 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.

  • Man cannot be satisfied by wealth.  Man cannot go beyond his nature, no more than you can jump out of your body.

  • May the Lord break the bondage of all; may all come out of Maya.

  • My faith is in the younger generation, the modern generation, out of them will come my workers. They will work out the whole problem, like lions.

  • Neither seek nor avoid take what it comes.

  • One thing that is at the root of all evils in India is the condition of the poor. The poor in the West are devils; compared to them ours are angels, and it is therefore so much the easier to raise our poor. The only service to be done for our lower classes is to give them education, to develop their lost individuality.

  • One moment of company with the holy makes a ship to cross this ocean of life. Such is the power of association.

  • Our duty is to encourage everyone 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.

  • Stand alone! See the glory of your own soul, and see that you will have to work.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The only definition that can be given on morality is this: That which is selfish is immoral, and that which is unselfish is moral.

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

  • There is no chance of the welfare of the world unless the condition of women is improved. It is not possible for a bird to fly on one wing.

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

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

  • When someone is rude. Keep a smile on your face. When you keep your joy, you take away their power.

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

  • You cannot believe in god until you believe in yourself.


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