128+ Best Swami Vivekananda Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Swami Vivekananda was an Indian Hindu monk, a chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna. Inspirational Swami Vivekananda quotes will guide you in life with wisdom and help you to feel enthusiastic to succeed in his life.

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Most Famous Swami Vivekananda Quotes

Take risks in your life, if you win, you can lead! If you lose, you can guide! – Swami Vivekananda

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

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. – Swami Vivekananda

Meditation can turn fools in to sages but unfortunately fools never meditate. – Swami Vivekananda

Learn everything that is good from others, but bring it in, and in your own way adsorb it; do not become others. – Swami Vivekananda

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

You cannot believe in god until you believe in yourself. – Swami Vivekananda

Talk to yourself once in a day… otherwise you may miss meeting an excellent person in this world. – Swami Vivekananda

Arise awake and stop not until the goal is achieved. – Swami Vivekananda

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. – Swami Vivekananda

Conquer yourself and the whole universe is yours. – Swami Vivekananda

3 Golden rules!! Who is helping you, don’t forget them. Who is loving you, don’t hate them. Who is trusting you, don’t cheat them. – Swami Vivekananda

I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world tolerance & universal acceptance. we believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religion as true. – Swami Vivekananda

Neither money pays, not name, nor fame, nor learning; it is CHARACTER that an cleave through adamantine walls of difficulties. – Swami Vivekananda

In a conflict between the heart and the brain, follow your heart. – Swami Vivekananda

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

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. – Swami Vivekananda

The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves. – Swami Vivekananda

The greatest sin is to think yourself weak – Swami Vivekananda

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

Be not Afraid of anything. You will do Marvelous work. it is Fearlessness that brings Heaven even in a moment. – Swami Vivekananda

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

They alone live, who live for others. – Swami Vivekananda

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

Neither seek nor avoid, take what comes. – Swami Vivekananda

Strength is Life, Weakness is Death. Expansion is Life, Contraction is Death. Love is Life, Hatred is Death. – Swami Vivekananda

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

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. – Swami Vivekananda

Comfort is no test of truth. Truth is often far from being comfortable. – Swami Vivekananda

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. – Swami Vivekananda

Do one thing at a Time, and while doing it put your whole Soul into it to the exclusion of all else. – Swami Vivekananda

Whatever you think that you will be. if you think yourself weak,weak you will be; if you think yourself strong,you will be – Swami Vivekananda

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

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. – Swami Vivekananda

The whole life is a succession of dreams. My ambition is to be a conscious dreamer, that is all. – Swami Vivekananda

Beleive in yourself and the world will be at your feet – Swami Vivekananda

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. – Swami Vivekananda

The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong. – Swami Vivekananda

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. – Swami Vivekananda

Education is the manifestation of perfection already existing in man. – Swami Vivekananda

Desire, ignorance, and inequality—this is the trinity of bondage. – Swami Vivekananda

Shri Ramakrishna use to say, As Long as I Live, so long do I learn. That man or that society which has nothing to learn is already in the jaws of death. – Swami Vivekananda

Astrology and all these mystical things are generally signs of a weak mind; therefore as soon as they are becoming prominent in our minds, we should see a physician, take good food, and rest. – Swami Vivekananda

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 – Swami Vivekananda

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

Are you unselfish? That is the question. If you are, you will be perfect without reading a single religious book, without going into a single church or temple. – Swami Vivekananda

All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind. – Swami Vivekananda

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. – Swami Vivekananda

The greatest truths are the simplest things in the world, simple as your own existence. – Swami Vivekananda

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. – Swami Vivekananda

You must worship the Self in Krishna, not Krishna as Krishna. – Swami Vivekananda

The cheerful mind perseveres, and the strong mind hews its way through a thousand difficulties. – Swami Vivekananda

The brain and muscles must develop simultaneously. Iron nerves with an intelligent brain — and the whole world is at your feet. – Swami Vivekananda

Blessed are they whose bodies get destroyed in the service of others. – Swami Vivekananda

The powers of the mind are like the rays of the sun when they are concentrated, they illumine. – Swami Vivekananda

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

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. – Swami Vivekananda

The very reason for nature’s existence is for the education of the soul. – Swami Vivekananda

Bless people when they revile you. Think how much good they are doing by helping to stamp out the false ego. – Swami Vivekananda

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

Devotion to duty is the highest form of worship of God. – Swami Vivekananda

The earth is enjoyed by heroes—this is the unfailing truth. Be a hero. Always say,I have no fear. – Swami Vivekananda

This is a great fact: strength is life; weakness is death. Strength is felicity, life eternal, immortal; weakness is constant strain and misery, weakness is death. – Swami Vivekananda

So long as the millions live in hunger and ignorance, I hold every person a traitor who, having been educated at their expense, pays not the least heed to them! – Swami Vivekananda

This 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. – Swami Vivekananda

Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true. – Swami Vivekananda

Liberty is the first condition of growth. It is wrong, a thousand times wrong, if any of you dares to say, ‘I will work out the salvation of this woman or child. – Swami Vivekananda

The Tapas and the other hard Yogas that were practiced in other Yugas do not work now. What is needed in this Yuga is giving, helping others. – Swami Vivekananda

He who struggles is better than he who never attempts. – Swami Vivekananda

Desire can be eradicated from the roots by firmly imbibing the four attributes of: Jnan, Atmanishtha, Vairagya, Dharma and the full fledged devotion to God. – Swami Vivekananda

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. – Swami Vivekananda

Man is to become divine by realizing the divine. Idols or temples, or churches or books, are only the supports, the help of his spiritual childhood. – Swami Vivekananda

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

By doing well the duty which is nearest to us, the duty which is in our hands, we make ourselves stronger – Swami Vivekananda

God did not give me everything that i wanted. But, He gave me everything that i needed! – Swami Vivekananda

Why should a Man be Moral? Because this strengthens his will. – Swami Vivekananda

This universe is the wreckage of the infinite on the shores of the finite. – Swami Vivekananda

Anything that brings spiritual, mental, or physical weakness, touch it not with the toes of your feet. – Swami Vivekananda

Do good because it is good to do good. Ask no more. – Swami Vivekananda

The knowing ones must have pity on the ignorant. One who knows is willing to give up his body even for an ant, because he knows that the body is nothing. – Swami Vivekananda

The Heart and core of everything here is good, that whatever may be the surface waves, deep down and underlying everything, there is an infinite basis of Goodness and Love. – Swami Vivekananda

A good practice carried to an extreme and worked in accordance with the letter of the law becomes a positive evil. – Swami Vivekananda

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? – Swami Vivekananda

God Gave Me Nothing I Wanted He Gave Me Everything I Needed. – Swami Vivekananda

Serve man Serve god – Swami Vivekananda

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. – Swami Vivekananda

The help which tends to make us spiritually strong is the highest help, next to it comes intellectual help and after that comes physical help. – Swami Vivekananda

A few heart-whole, sincere, and energetic men and women can do more in a year than a mob in a century. – Swami Vivekananda

Our duty is to encourage every one 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. – Swami Vivekananda

All condemnation of others really condemns ourselves. Adjust the microcosm which is in your power to do) and the macrocosm will adjust itself for you. – Swami Vivekananda

When an idea exclusively occupies the mind, it is transformed into an actual physical or mental state. – Swami Vivekananda

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

This attachment of Love to God is indeed one that does not bind the soul but effectively breaks all its bondages. – Swami Vivekananda

God is present in every Jiva; there is no other God besides that. Who serves Jiva serves God indeed. – Swami Vivekananda

The more we grow in Love, Virtue and Holiness, the more we see Love, Virtue and Holiness outside. – Swami Vivekananda

The will is not free – it is a phenomenon bound by cause and effect – but there is something behind the will which is free. – Swami Vivekananda

If faith in ourselves had been more extensively taught and practiced, I am sure a very large portion of the evils and miseries that we have would have vanished. – Swami Vivekananda

The Older I grow, the more everything seems to me to lie in manliness. This is my new gospel – Swami Vivekananda

Now is wanted intense Karma-Yoga with unbounded courage and indomitable strength in the heart. Then only will the people of the country be roused. – Swami Vivekananda

But where the ignorant are asleep, there the sage keeps awake – Swami Vivekananda

Never forget the glory of human nature! We are the greatest god… Christs and Buddhas are but waves in the boundless ocean which I AM. – Swami Vivekananda

Religion is being and becoming. Religion is the manifestation of the Divinity already in man. – Swami Vivekananda

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. – Swami Vivekananda

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. – Swami Vivekananda

Put the good before them, see how eagerly they take it, see how the divine that never dies, that is always living in the human… – Swami Vivekananda

Where the whole world is awake, the sage sleeps. – Swami Vivekananda

Of one hundred persons who take up the spiritual life, eighty turn out to be charlatans, fifteen insane, and only five, maybe, get a glimpse of the real truth. Therefore beware. – Swami Vivekananda

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

If you think yourselves strong, strong you will be. – Swami Vivekananda

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. – Swami Vivekananda

That man has reached immortality who is disturbed by nothing material. – Swami Vivekananda

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. – Swami Vivekananda

If I love myself despite my infinite faults, how can I hate anyone at the glimpse of a few faults…! – Swami Vivekananda

All power is within you. You can do anything and everything. Believe in that. Do not believe that you are weak; do ot believe that you are half-crazy lunatics, as most of us do nowadays. Stand up and express the divinity within you. – Swami Vivekananda

You are the creator of your own destiny. – Swami Vivekananda

That which is selfish is immoral, and that which is unselfish is moral. – Swami Vivekananda

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. – Swami Vivekananda

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. – Swami Vivekananda

The mistake is that we want to tie the whole world down to our own plane of thought and to make out mind the measure of the whole universe. – Swami Vivekananda

Have faith in yourself – all power is in you. Even the poison of a snake is powerless, if you can firmly deny it. – Swami Vivekananda

Have faith in yourselves, great convictions are the mothers of great deeds. – Swami Vivekananda

If superstitions enters, the brain is gone – Swami Vivekananda

Both attachment and detachment perfectly developed make a man great and happy. – Swami Vivekananda

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. – Swami Vivekananda

The calmer we are and the less disturbed our nerves, the more shall we love ad the better will our work. – Swami Vivekananda

The power of concentration is the only key to the treasure-house of knowledge. – Swami Vivekananda

If you really my children, you will fear nothing, stop at nothing, you will be like lions,,, My prayers and benedictions follow every step you take… everything will come to you if you have faith. – Swami Vivekananda

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. – Swami Vivekananda

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