11 April 2014

Swami Vivekananda's Quotes On Motto

"Avoid not and seek not —
wait for what the Lord sends", is my motto. . . .
—Swami Vivekananda 
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In this article you'll find Swami Vivekananda's quotes on motto or mottos.
  • "Avoid not and seek not — wait for what the Lord sends", is my motto. . . .[Source]
  • Ethics always says, "Not I, but thou." Its motto is, "Not self, but non-self." The vain ideas of individualism, to which man clings when he is trying to find that Infinite Power or that Infinite Pleasure through the senses, have to be given up — say the laws of ethics.[Source]
  • First, let us be Gods, and then help others to be Gods. "Be and make." Let this be our motto. Say not man is a sinner. Tell him that he is a God. Even if there were a devil, it would be our duty to remember God always, and not the devil.[Source]
  • "Hard as steel and soft as a flower" is the motto.[Source]
  • In Advaitism, there is no Jivatma; it is only a delusion. In Dvaitism, there is Jiva infinitely distinct from God. Both are true. One went to the fountain, another to the tank. Apparently we are all Dvaitists as far as our consciousness goes. But beyond? Beyond that we are Advaitists. In reality, this is the only truth. According to Advaitism, love every man as your own Self and not as your brother as in Christianity. Brotherhood should be superseded by universal Selfhood. Not universal brotherhood, but universal Selfhood is our motto. Advaitism may include also the "greatest happiness" theory.[Source]
  • Individuality is my motto. I have no ambition beyond training individuals up.[Source]
  • Keep the motto before you — "Elevation of the masses without injuring their religion".
  • My motto is to learn whatever good things I may come across anywhere.[Source]
  • Onward for ever! Sympathy for the poor, the downtrodden, even unto death — this is our motto. Onward, brave lads![Source]
  • Patiently wait and resign myself unto His guidance — that is my motto.[Source]
  • Renunciation, renunciation and renunciation — let this be the one motto of your lives. " सर्वं वस्तु भयान्वितं भुवि नृणां वैराग्यमेवाभयम् — For men, all things on earth are infected with fear, Vairâgya (renunciation) alone constitutes fearlessness" (Vairâgya-Shatakam).[Source]
  • Struggle, struggle, was my motto for the last ten years. Struggle, still say I. When it was all dark, I used to say, struggle; when light is breaking in, I still say, struggle. Be not afraid, my children. Look not up in that attitude of fear towards that infinite starry vault as if it would crush you. Wait! In a few hours more, the whole of it will be under your feet. Wait, money does not pay, nor name; fame does not pay, nor learning. It is love that pays; it is character that cleaves its way through adamantine walls of difficulties.[Source]
  • What we want are Western science coupled with Vedanta, Brahmacharya as the guiding motto, and also Shraddhâ and faith in one's own self.[Source]
  • Work, work, work — let this be your motto. I cannot see anything else.[Source]

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