17 April 2013

50 Inspiring and Motivational Quotes of Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda quotes
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
Image source: Wikimedia Commons

In this article you'll find 50 quotations of Swami Vivekananda.  
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    50 Inspiring And Motivational Quotes

    1. Universe
      All the powers in the universe are already ours.
      —Swami Vivekananda
      Image source: Wikimedia Commons
      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.[Source]
    2. "Arise, awake, sleep no more; within each of you there is the power to remove all wants and all miseries. Believe this, and that power will be manifested. [Source]
    3. Be free; hope for nothing from anyone. I am sure if you look back upon your lives you will find that you were always vainly trying to get help from others which never came.[Source]
    4. Be not afraid, for all great power throughout the history of humanity has been with the people. From out of their ranks have come all the greatest geniuses of the world, and history can only repeat itself. Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvellous work.[Source]
    5. 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.[Source]
    6. Be strong, my young friends; that is my advice to you. You will be nearer to Heaven through football than through the study of the Gita. These are bold words; but I have to say them, for I love you. I know where the shoe pinches.[Source]
    7. Calm and silent and steady work, and no newspaper humbug, no name-making, you must always remember.[Source]
    8. 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.[Source]
    9. Cowards only sin, brave men never, no, not even in mind.[Source]
    10. 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.[Source]
    11. Do not figure out big plans at first, but, begin slowly, feel your ground and proceed up and up.[Source]
    12. Do not wait for anybody or anything. Do whatever you can. Build your hope on none.[Source]
    13. 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.[Source]
    14. Have faith in yourselves, and stand up on that faith and be strong; that is what we need.[Source]
    15. Hold on to your own ideal. . . . Above all, never attempt to guide or rule others, or, as the Yankees say, "boss" others. Be the servant of all.[Source]
    16. I hate cowardice; I will have nothing to do with cowards or political nonsense. I do not believe in any politics. God and truth are the only politics in the world, everything else is trash.[Source]
    17. I want each one of my children to be a hundred times greater than I could ever be. Everyone of you must  be a giant— must, that is my word. Obedience, readiness, and love for the cause— if you have these three, nothing can hold you back.[Source]
    18. If you are really my children, you will fear nothing, stop at nothing. You will be like lions. We must rouse India and the whole world. No cowardice. I will take no nay. Do you understand?
    19. If you can think that infinite power, infinite knowledge and indomitable energy lie within you, and if you can bring out that power, you also can become like me.[Source]
    20. Infinite patience, infinite purity, and infinite perseverance are the secret of success in a good cause.[Source]
    21. 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.[Source]
    22. Know that every time you feel weak, you not only hurt yourself but also the cause. Infinite faith and strength are the only conditions of success.[Source]
    23. Let people say whatever they like, stick to your own convictions, and rest assured, the world will be at your feet. They say, 'Have faith in this fellow or that fellow', but, I say, 'Have faith in yourself first'. that's the way.[Source]
    24. Man is born to conquer nature and not to follow it. [Source]
    25. Man never dies, nor is he ever born; bodies die, but he never dies.[Source]
    26. Neither numbers nor powers nor wealth nor learning nor eloquence nor anything else will prevail, but purity, living the life, in one word, anubhuti, realisation. Let there be a dozen such lion-souls in each country, lions who have broken their own bonds, who have touched the Infinite, whose whole soul is gone to Brahman, who care neither for wealth nor power nor fame, and these will be enough to shake the world.[Source]
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      Never think
      there is anything impossible...
      It is the greatest heresy 
      to think so.
      —Swami Vivekananda
       Image source: Own creation

    27. Never mind the struggles, the mistakes. I never heard a cow tell a lie, but it is only a cow— never a man. So never mind these failures, these little backslidings;  hold the ideal a thousand times, and if you fail a thousand times, make the attempt once more.
    28. Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It 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.
    29. No great work can be achieved by humbug. It is through love, a passion for truth, and tremendous energy, that all undertakings are accomplished.
    30. No need for looking behind. FORWARD! We want infinite energy, infinite zeal, infinite courage, and infinite patience, then only will great things achieved.
    31. 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. [Source]
    32. Pay no attention whatsoever to newspaper nonsense or criticism. Be sincere and do your duty. Everything will come all right. Truth must triumph.
    33. Perfect sincerity, holiness, gigantic intellect, and all-conquering will. Let only a handful of men work with these, and the whole world will be revolutionized.
    34. Persevere on, my brave lads, We have only just begun. Never despond! Never say enough!
    35. Purity, perseverance, and energy— these three I want.
    36. Purity, patience and perseverance overcome all obstacles. All great things must of necessity be slow.[Source]
    37. Say, "I can do everything." "Even if poison of a snake is powerless if you can firmly deny it." 
    38. 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."
    39. Take courage and work on. Patience and steady work— this is the only way.
    40. 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, that is way great spiritual giants are produced.
    41. "The earth is enjoyed by heroes"— this is the unfailing truth. Be a hero. Always say, "I have no fear".
    42. The remedy for weakness is not brooding over weakness, but thinking of strength.
    43. This is the great fact: strength is life, weakness is death. Strength is felicity, life eternal, immortal; weakness is constant strain and misery: weakness is death. 
    44. 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. 
    45. To work with undaunted energy! What fear! Who is powerful enough to thwart you.
      A man's face, thinking
      Whatever you think,
      that you will be.
      If you think yourselves weak,
      weak you will be; 
      if you think yourselves strong,
      strong you will be
      —Swami Vivekananda
      Image source: Wikimedia Commons
    46. Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true. [Source]
    47. 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 future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act.
    48. We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.
    49. We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate. None else has the blame, none has the praise.
    50. Whatever you think, that you will be. If you think yourselves weak, weak you will be; if you think yourselves strong, strong you will be; if you think yourselves impure, impure you will be; if you think yourselves pure, pure you will be.[Source]


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                1. I like the quote "Calm and silent and steady work, and no newspaper humbug, no name-making, you must always remember."
                  It is very inspiring.
                  most of the works we do don't follow it

                  1. Thanks Gayatri Joshi. Yes, I agree those are excellent words.

                2. i like it. thanksss.

                3. Plz add source link for the quote "Whatever you think, that you will be. If you think yourselves weak, weak you will be; if you think yourselves strong, strong you will be."
                  I want to read the main page too. Thnx.

                  1. Hello,
                    I have added a source, You may read it here as well:

                4. My name is Brajesh, and I suggest everyone read the books of Swami Vivekanand. Vivekananda's works and thoughts changed my life.

                5. i can not dowload the pdf file, please help.

                  1. Are you trying to download the file from Google Drive? I just checked the link once again. It is working fine for me. Click on File menu at Google Docs there you'll find download option.
                    If that does not work for you, please explain the problem you are facing in details (like error message etc). I'll check it and if necessary upload the file somewhere else.

                  2. thank you. it is working now, i got some server 500 error. now i could download the pdf file. thanks for your instructions.

                6. Thank you very much. specially for the powerpoint presentation

                7. yes, ia agree

                8. Vivekananda's works have been one of the most inspiring and encouraging works I have ever read.

                9. please try to give every page in pdf format for instance 'Swami Vivekananda Quotes For You When You Are Frustrated Or Depressed' this page etc

                  1. Hello,
                    Each page has PDF/Print option. Check at the bottom of articles (just below "You might also like" widget, or see the Main page to learn how to download PDF files.

                10. Fine article. Very motivational and inspiring quotation. Thanks a lot.

                11. I also recommend every youth of our country to read Vivekananda;s books and motivational quotes

                12. Pleasee send me pdf file of this swami vivekananda quotes to my email address?

                13. What is your email id? :-) BTW, please don't share email id publicly, that is a not a good practice (specially if it is your primary email).

                  Please see in the article,. we have already linked PDF download copy. Click on File>>Download at Google Docs to download the file.

                  You may download the entire page using the Print?PDF option too )look at the bottom of the article)

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                14. Vivekannanda the great, the most encouraging, the most motivation, the most inspiring, the most illuminated Indan ever. I salute the great son of mother India. Vivekananda the great.

                15. Brilliant work, Althought I wanted to see more motivational quotes of Swamiji

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                17. This is really wonderful to see how Swami Vivekananda and his immortal word are still read and remembered by millions of people worldwide.

                  A man like Swami Vivekananda comes in a century, shakes the world, and then goes back to heavenly abode.

                  What Swami Vivekananda told a century ago, are still relevant and useful. Only a person like Swami Vivekananda can lead us.

                  I do not believe in politics. Nor I believe in any so caked popularity and limelight-begging social reform. But this man, Swami Vivekananda was above everything. He did not ask anything for himself, He did not care for his own benefit or profit. All his works were for the welfare of the masses. I salute this man.

                  As we will go on and on, we will need Swami Vivekananda more and more.

                18. please tell me who was swami vivekananda's grandfather and did swami vivekananda ever marry any woman?

                  1. Hello, Anonymous,

                    1) Swami Vivekananda's grandfather was Durgaprasad Datta. He became a sannyasi at the age of 25. We don't have a biography of Durgaprasad in our website yet, we'll try writing one.

                    2) No, Swami Vivekananda did not marry. Please see this article for details. Thank you.

                19. Jai shri guru maharaj ki, jai, Swami Vivekananda is great, his words have magic.

                20. Thank you for motivating us.

                  1. You are welcome. Thank you for your comments.

                21. Unbelievable!
                  A current passes through you whenever one reads the quotes!
                  Must have been a great, great yogi and a very pure soul.

                22. i love this article. vivekananda was a giant, he was not only a human being, i believe that he was an incarnation, as well as a divine incarnate.,

                  i don't think that what swami vivekananda had (including his lifelong vow, his allegiance towards his master, sri ramakrishna or sri ma sarada devi, or sarada muni) was/were co-incidental

                  i read a forum post where i read that vivekananda even never even had any sexual thought. it seems to be unbelievable. when i first read it i was 17 years old, and that first time i seriously started reading swami vivekananda.

                  vivekananda, his words, his quotes, his knowledge is amazing.

                  people claim that vivekananda was an incarnation of shiva or narayana or vishnu,

                  being an atheist, i believe that swami vivekananda was a superbly talented human being, we must read his works, his books, his quotes and everything.

                  long live Hinduism and humanity and GOD

                23. Very helpful, inspiring, encouraging quotes. swami Vivekananda's words and quotes are always very inspiring. It encourages everyone.

                  I started reading swami Vivekananda's works in my childhood. I am still reading his works. I have read Karama yoga, Jnana yoga, Bhakti Yoga, but my most favourite book is Lecture from Colombo to almora.

                24. thank u so much for the burning fire thought of swami ji


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