07 January 2014

Swami Vivekananda's Quotes On Nation

The best thermometer to the progress
of a nation is its treatment of its women.
—Swami Vivekananda
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In this article we'll make a collection of Swami Vivekananda's quotes on nation.
  • A nation is advanced in proportion as education and intelligence spread among the masses.[Source]
  • A nation is sure to die when the main purpose of its life is hurt.[Source]
  • A nation is the sum total of so many individual men; will a nation live if it has utterly lost all its strength and activity?[Source]
  • A nation that cannot provide for its simple food and clothing, which always depends on others for its subsistence -- what is there for it to vaunt about?[Source]
  • A nation that has no history of its own has nothing in this world.[Source]
  • Bearing this in mind we shall be in a better position to understand why, for our national welfare, we must first seek out at the present day all the spiritual forces of the race, as was done in days of yore and will be done in all times to come.[Source]
  • Each nation, beyond a general humanity, develops a certain peculiarity of character — so in religion, so in politics, so in the physical body, so in mental habitude, so in men and women, so in character. One nation develops one peculiarity of character, another takes another peculiarity. Within the last few years the world has begun to recognize this.[Source]
  • Each nation has a destiny to fulfil, each nation has a message to deliver, each nation has a mission to accomplish.[Source]
  • Each nation has a mission for the world. So long as that mission is not hurt, that nation lives, despite every difficulty. But as soon as its mission is destroyed, the nation collapses.[Source]
  • Each nation has its own part to play, and naturally, each nation has its own peculiarity and individuality with which it is born.[Source]
  • Each nation has its own peculiar method of work. Some work through politics, some through social reforms, some through other lines.[Source]
  • Each nation must give in order to live. When you give life, you will have life; when you receive, you must pay for it by giving to all others.[Source]
  • Giving up the senses makes a nation survive. As a proof of this, here is history today telling us of mushroom nations rising and falling almost every century — starting up from nothingness, making vicious play for a few days, and then melting. This big, gigantic race which had to grapple with some of the greatest problems of misfortunes, dangers, and vicissitudes such as never fell upon the head of any other nation of the world, survives because it has taken the side of renunciation; for without renunciation how can there be religion?[Source]
  • Glory unto God, that it is impossible, that we cannot be twisted and tortured into the shape oil other nations.[Source]
  • Great enterprise, boundless courage, tremendous energy, and, above all, perfect obedience — these are the only traits that lead to individual and national regeneration.[Source]
  • In each nation, as in music, there is a main note, a central theme, upon which all others turn. Each nation has a theme: everything else is secondary.[Source]
  • In the well-being of one's own nation is one's own well-being.[Source]
  • Race, religion, language, government — all these together make a nation.[Source]
  • The best thermometer to the progress of a nation is its treatment of its women.[Source]
  • The more strength is infused into the national life, the more will language art, and music, etc. become spontaneously instinct with ideas and life.[Source]

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