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Indian monk and philosopher (d. 1902), Birth: 12-1-1863 Swami Vivekananda Quotes
Everything is easy when you are busy. But nothing is easy when you are lazy.
Swami Vivekananda

'Everything is effortless when you are industrious. But nothing is straightforward when you are indolent.'
You are incarnations of God, all of you. You are incarnations of the Almighty, Omnipresent, Divine Principle. You may laugh at me now, but the time will come when you will understand. You must. Nobody will be left behind.
Swami Vivekananda

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

Do not let your aspirations be diminished by your capacities. Instead, push yourself to reach the heights of your ambitions.
Never say NO, Never say, 'I cannot', for you are INFINITE. All the power is WITHIN you. You can do anything.
Swami Vivekananda

Never refuse, never utter 'I am unable', for you are UNLIMITED. All the might is INSIDE you. You can attain anything.
Take Risks in Your Life If you Win, U Can Lead! If You Lose, You can Guide!
Swami Vivekananda

Venture into Unknown Waters; Triumphant or Instructive, the Outcome is Yours.
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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

Expansion is life, contraction is death. Love is life, hatred is death.
Swami Vivekananda

Growth is vitality, diminishment is mortality. Affection is vitality, animosity is mortality.
All power is within you; you can do anything and everything. Believe in that, do not believe that you are weak; do not believe that you are half-crazy lunatics, as most of us do nowadays. You can do any thing and everything, without even the guidance of any one. Stand up and express the divinity within you.
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Society does not go down because of the activities of criminals, But because of the inactivities of the good people.
Swami Vivekananda

Society does not suffer due to the misdeeds of evildoers, but because of the inaction of those with good intent.
It is our own mental attitude which makes the world what it is for us. Our thought make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our own minds. Learn to see things in the proper light.
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As long as we require someone else to make us happy, we are slaves.
Swami Vivekananda

As long as we depend on others for our contentment, we are bound to them.
When I Asked God for Strength He Gave Me Difficult Situations to Face When I Asked God for Brain & Brawn He Gave Me Puzzles in Life to Solve When I Asked God for Happiness He Showed Me Some Unhappy People When I Asked God for Wealth He Showed Me How to Work Hard When I Asked God for Favors He Showed Me Opportunities to Work Hard When I Asked God for Peace He Showed Me How to Help Others God Gave Me Nothing I Wanted He Gave Me Everything I Needed.
Swami Vivekananda

Believe in yourself and the world will be at your feet.
Swami Vivekananda

Have faith in yourself and the universe will be yours to command.
When I asked God for strength, He gave me difficult situations to face.
Swami Vivekananda

When I entreated God for fortitude, He presented me with arduous predicaments to confront.
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

You have to blossom from within. No one can bestow knowledge upon you, no one can make you spiritually enlightened. There is no instructor other than your own spirit.
Anything that makes weak - physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject it as poison.
Swami Vivekananda

Discard anything that diminishes strength - in body, mind and soul - as a toxin.
Purity, patience and perseverance are the three essentials to success and above all love.
Swami Vivekananda

Equanimity, fortitude and tenacity are the three requisites to triumph and paramount of all affection.
When a man is perfect, he sees perfection in others. When he sees imperfection, it is his own mind projecting itself.
Swami Vivekananda

When a person is flawless, they perceive excellence in others. When they observe shortcomings, it is their own psyche projecting itself.
When you are doing any work, do not think of anything beyond. Do it as worship, as the highest worship, and devote your whole life to it for the time being.
Swami Vivekananda

Focus all your attention on the task at hand and approach it with reverence as if it is an act of devotion.
This is the gist of all worship: to be pure and to do good to others. He who sees Shiva in the poor, in the weak, and in the diseased, really worships Shiva. And if he sees Shiva only in the image, his worship is but preliminary. He who has served and helped one poor man seeing Shiva in him, without thinking of his caste or creed or race or anything, with him Shiva is more pleased than with the man who sees Him only in temples
Swami Vivekananda

Never lose faith in yourself; you can do anything in the universe.
Swami Vivekananda

Believe in yourself; you can accomplish anything in existence.
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."
Swami Vivekananda

All love is expansion, all selfishness is contraction. Love is therefore the only law of life. He who loves lives, he who is selfish is dying. Therefore love for love's sake, because it is the only law of life, just as you breathe to live.
Swami Vivekananda

Arise! Awake! and stop not until the goal is reached.
Swami Vivekananda

Rouse! Stir! and persist until the objective is accomplished.
The power of concentration is the only key to the treasure-house of knowledge.
Swami Vivekananda

The potency of focus is the single gateway to the vault of wisdom.
Do not say, ‘You are bad’; say only, ‘You are good’, but be better!
Swami Vivekananda

Do not comment negatively; only speak kindly, yet strive to be better!
He who struggles is better than he who never attempts
Swami Vivekananda

'He who perseveres is superior to he who shies away from challenge'.
The brain and muscles must develop simultaneously. Iron nerves with an intelligent brain — and the whole world is at your feet.
Swami Vivekananda

'Nurture both your intellect and strength; a steadfast mind combined with a sharpened wit will open up numerous opportunities.'
Advance like a hero. Do not be thwarted by anything. How many days will this body last, with its happiness and misery? When you have the human body, then rouse the Atman within and say-I have reached the state of fearlessness!...and then as long as the body endures, speak unto others this message of fearlessness: 'Thou art That', 'Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached'
Swami Vivekananda

You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.
Swami Vivekananda

You cannot trust in a higher power until you trust yourself.
So long as even a single dog in my country is without food, my whole religion will be to feed it.
Swami Vivekananda

As long as there is even one canine in my nation that goes hungry, my faith will be to provide sustenance.
Be brave! Be strong! Be fearless! Once you have taken up the spiritual fife, fight! Fight as long as there is any life in you! Even though you know that you are going to be killed, fight till you are killed! Don't die of fright! Die fighting! Don't go down till you are knocked down.
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Relationships are more important than life,but it is important for those relationships to have life in them
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'Connections are more essential than existence, but it is critical for those ties to possess vitality.'
You see, no one can teach anybody. The teacher spoils everything by thinking that he is teaching. Thus Vedanta says that within man is all knowledge-even in a boy it is so-and it requires only an awakening, and that much is the work of a teacher.
Swami Vivekananda

We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate. None else has the blame, none has the praise.
Swami Vivekananda

We are the architects of our own destiny. We create our own destiny through our choices, for which we accept full responsibility and receive due recognition.
A Brahmin is not so much in need of education as a Chandala. If the son of a Brahmin needs one teacher, that of a Chandala needs ten.
Swami Vivekananda

A Brahmin does not necessitate an education as much as a Chandala. If the offspring of a Brahmin requires one educator, that of a Chandala needs ten tutors.
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.
Swami Vivekananda

All power is within you; you can do anything and everything. Believe in that, do not believe that you are weak; do not believe that you are half-crazy lunatics, as most of us do nowadays. You can do anything and everything without even the guidance of any one.
Swami Vivekananda

The best thermometer to the progress of a nation is its treatment of its women.
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Great work requires great and persistent effort for a long time. ... Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles.
Swami Vivekananda

Infinite patience, infinite purity, and infinite perseverance are the secret of success in a good cause.
Swami Vivekananda

Never turn back to see the result of what you have done. Give all to the Lord and go on, and think not of it.
Swami Vivekananda

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

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

Work on with the intrepidity of a lion but at the same time with the tenderness of a flower.
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

Shivaji was the greatest Hindu king that India had produced within the last thousand years; one who was the very incarnation of lord Siva, about whom prophecies were given out long before he was born; and his advent was eagerly expected by all the great souls and saints of Maharashtra as the deliverer of the Hindus from the hands of the Mlecchas, and as one who succeeded in the reestablishment of Dharma which had been trampled underfoot by the depredations of the devastating hordes of the Moghals
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

Everyone goes with the flow... but the one who goes against the flow becomes someone remarkable in life.
Swami Vivekananda

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