Swami Vivekananda Quotes

  • Jnana, bhakti, yoga and karma – these are the four paths which lead to spiritual freedom. One must follow the path for which one is best suited. But in this age, special stress should be laid on karma yoga.

  • Why is it that we three hundred and thirty millions of people have been ruled for the last one thousand years by any and every handful of foreigners who chose to walk over our prostrate bodies? Because they had faith in themselves and we had not.

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

  • Do not lower your goals to the level of your abilities. Instead, raise your abilities to the height of your goals.

  • Never say NO, Never say, ‘I cannot’, for you are INFINITE. All the power is WITHIN you. You can do anything.

  • But on the heights of the Himalayas I have a place where I am determined nothing shall enter except pure truth. There I want to work out this idea about which I have spoken to you today. There are an Englishman and an Englishwoman in charge of the place. The purpose is to train seekers of truth and to bring up children without fear and without superstition. They shall not hear about Christs and Buddhas and Shivas and Vishnus – none of these.

  • Take Risks in Your Life If you Win, U Can Lead! If You Lose, You can Guide!

  • Strength is Life, Weakness is Death. Expansion is Life, Contraction is Death. Love is Life, Hatred is Death.

  • All these disciplines are for the purification of the heart. And as soon as it is pure, all truths flash upon it in a minute; all truth in the universe will manifest in your heart, if you are sufficiently pure.

  • The difference between God and the devil is in nothing except in unselfishness and selfishness. The devil knows as much as God, is as powerful as God; only he has no holiness that makes him a devil. Apply the same idea to the modern world: excess of knowledge and power, without holiness, makes human beings devils.

  • Take any path you like; follow any prophet you like; but have only that method which suits your own nature, so that you will be sure to progress.

  • 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 moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him – that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free.

  • All objective pleasure in the long run must bring pain, because of the fact of change or death.

  • There is salvation only for the brave.

  • 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. Have faith in yourself-all power is in you-be conscious and bring it out. Say, “I can do everything.”

  • As long as we require someone else to make us happy, we are slaves.

  • The greatest sin is to think yourself weak

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

  • Do not say, ‘You are bad’; say only, ‘You are good’, but be better!

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

  • Let positive, strong, helpful thoughts enter into your brains from very childhood. Lay yourselves open to these thoughts, and not to weakening and paralysing ones.

  • Some people are so afraid of losing their individuality. Wouldn’t it be better for the pig to lose his pig-individuality if he can become God? Yes. But the poor pig does not think so at the time. Which state is my individuality? When I was a baby sprawling on the floor trying to swallow my thumb? Was that the individuality I should be sorry to lose? Fifty years hence I shall look upon this present state and laugh, just as I now look upon the baby state. Which of these individualities shall I keep?

  • Stand upon the Atman, then only can we truly love the world. Take a very, very high stand; knowing our universal nature, we must look with perfect calmness upon all the panorama of the world.

  • Real freedom is not merely doing what you like, but also NOT doing what you like.