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Swami Vivekananda Quotes and Thoughts to Help Your Inner Wisdom



Swami Vivekananda Quotes
Swami Vivekananda Quotes and Thoughts

Swami Vivekananda, the original name Narendranath Datta was a famous Indian Hindu Monk. He was the man behind the foundation of the Ramakrishna Mission. He was a brilliant student right from his school days and had exposure in several fields such as arts, music, studies, and literature. Vivekananda was one of the prominent figures in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western World.

Swami was born on 12th January 1863 in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India. Swami was born to Vishwanath Datta, who was an attorney at the Calcutta High Court, and Bhubaneshwar Devi, who was a devout housewife.

Swami Vivekananda’s parents played an important role in his upbringing. The progressive, rational attitude of his father & the religious temperament of his mother helped in shaping his thinking and personality. Hence from starting Swami was inclined towards spiritualism.

He was very much influenced by his Guru, Ramakrishna. His Guru made him clear with different thoughts of life. He learned that all living beings were an embodiment of the divine self. Therefore He learned that service to God could be rendered by service to humankind.

He is also called asThe Great Indian Monk“.

During the late 19th century, Swami was responsible for raising awareness regarding interfaith and brought Hinduism to the status of a major world religion. He played a dominant role in the revival of Hinduism in India. Moreover, he contributed at large to the concept of nationalism in colonial India.

Vivekananda established the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission in 1897. Swami & other disciples spent hours practicing meditation and religious austerities every day.

Swami is well-known for his speech which began with the golden words: –


“Sisters and Brothers of America….

In these lines, he introduced Hinduism at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893.

The great Hindu monk has conducted hundreds of public & private lectures and classes, propagating tenets of Hindu philosophy in the United States, England, and Europe. In India, this significant figure is considered a patriotic saint. His birthday is celebrated as National Youth Day.

Now as you are much familiar with this personality, so let’s explore the most uplifting Vivekananda Quotes that make any human feel enthusiastic, vibrant, and active to succeed in his life.

Swami Vivekananda Quotes

“You cannot believe in god until you believe in yourself.” ― Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda Quotes

“The greatest sin is to think that you are weak.” ― Swami Vivekananda

“If I Love Myself Despite My Infinite Faults, How Can I Hate Anyone At The Glimpse Of A Few Faults?”― Swami Vivekananda

“In one word, this ideal is that you are divine.” ― Swami Vivekananda

“You are the soul, free and eternal, ever free, ever blessed. Have faith enough and you will be free in a minute.” ― 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


“Take risks in your life, If you win, you can lead! If you lose, you can guide!” ― Swami Vivekananda

“We are ever free if we would only believe it, only have faith enough.” ― Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda quotes on self-realization

Swami Vivekananda quotes on self-realization

“Stand up, be bold, be strong. Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders, and know that you are the creator of your own destiny. All the strength and succour you want is within yourself.” — Swami Vivekananda

“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.” ― 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

“Anything that makes you weak physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject it as poison.” — Swami Vivekananda

“This attachment of Love to God is indeed one that does not bind the soul but effectively breaks all its bondage.” ― Swami Vivekananda

“Talk to yourself once in a day.. otherwise, you may miss meeting an excellent person in this world. ” — Swami Vivekananda

“Meditation can turn fools into sages but unfortunately fools never meditate.” ― Swami Vivekananda

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


Swami Vivekananda Motivational Quotes 

“Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached.” ― Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda Motivational Quotes 

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

“If superstitions enter, the brain is gone.” — Swami Vivekananda

“Have faith in yourselves, great convictions are the mothers of great deeds.” — Swami Vivekananda

“That which is selfish is immoral, and that which is unselfish is moral.” — Swami Vivekananda

“Every action that helps us manifest our divine nature more and more is good. Every action that retards it is evil.” — Swami Vivekananda

“Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If not, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way.” — Swami Vivekananda

Knowledge can only be got in one way, the way of experience; there is no other way to know.” — Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda quotes on spirituality

Swami Vivekananda quotes on spirituality

“Fill the brain with high thoughts, highest ideals, place them day and night before you, and out of that will come great work.” — Swami Vivekananda

“As soon as you know the voice and understand what it is, the whole scene changes. The same world which was the ghastly battlefield of Maya is now changed into something good and beautiful.” — Swami Vivekananda

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


“The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.” ― 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

“That man has reached immortality who is disturbed by nothing material.” ― 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

Swami Vivekananda Quotes About Religion

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

Swami Vivekananda Quotes About Religion

“Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is a sin, this is the only sin; to say that you are weak, or others are weak.” ― Swami Vivekananda

“The cheerful mind perseveres and the strong mind hews its way through a thousand difficulties.” ― Swami Vivekananda

“As different streams having different sources all mingle their waters in the sea, so different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to God. ― Swami Vivekananda

“The powers of the mind are like the rays of the sun when they are concentrated they illumine.” ― Swami Vivekananda


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

“To devote your life to the good of all and to the happiness of all is religion. Whatever you do for your own sake is not religion.” — Swami Vivekananda

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

Swami Vivekananda quotes on tolerance and harmony

Swami Vivekananda quotes on tolerance and harmony

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

“If there is one word that you find coming out like a bomb from the Upanishads, bursting like a bombshell upon masses of ignorance. It is the word of “fearlessness.” — Swami Vivekananda

“Watch people do their most common actions; these are indeed the things that will tell you the real character of a great person.” — Swami Vivekananda

“Comfort is no test of truth. Truth is often far from being comfortable.” ― 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

“The mind is but the subtle part of the body. You must retain great strength in your mind and words.” ― 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


Swami Vivekananda Quotes On Life

“Strength is Life, Weakness is Death, Expansion is Life, Contraction is Death, Love is Life, Hatred is Death.” — Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda Quotes On Life

“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

“Truth does not pay homage to any society, ancient or modern. Society has to pay homage to Truth or die.”  ― Swami Vivekananda

“Crave for a thing, you will get it. Renounce the craving, the object will follow you by itself.”  ― Swami Vivekananda

“Whatever you think, that you will be. If you think yourself weak, weak you will be; if you think yourself strong, strong you will be.” ― Swami Vivekananda

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

“Each work has to pass through these stages-ridicule, oppositions, and then acceptance. Those who think ahead of their time are sure to be misunderstood.”  ― 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

“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


“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

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

Swami Vivekananda quotes on serving humanity

Swami Vivekananda quotes on serving humanity

“This attachment of Love to God is indeed one that does not bind the soul but effectively breaks all its bondage.” — Swami Vivekananda

“When you are doing any work, Do it as worship, as the highest worship, and devote your whole life to it for the time being.” — Swami Vivekananda

“Be Grateful to the man you help, think of Him as God. It is not a great privilege to be allowed to worship God by helping our fellow men.” — Swami Vivekananda

“There is one thing to be remembered: that the assertion – I am God- cannot be made with regard to the sense-world.” — Swami Vivekananda

This, I have seen in life – those who are overcautious about themselves fall into dangers at every step. Those who are afraid of losing honour and respect, get only disgrace; and those who are always afraid of loss, always lose.” — 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

“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

“The less passion there is, the better we work. The calmer we are the better for us and the more the amount of work we can do.”  ― Swami Vivekananda


Swami Vivekananda Quotes For Mankind

“Religion is the manifestation of the Divinity already in man.”  ― Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda Quotes For Mankind

“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

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

“The world is ready to give up its secrets if we only know how to knock, how to give it the necessary blow. The strength and force of the blow come through concentration.”  ― Swami Vivekananda

“We are allowed to worship him. Stand in that reverent attitude to the whole universe, and then will come perfect non-attachment.” — Swami Vivekananda

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

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

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

“What is now wanted is a combination of the greatest heart with the highest intellectuality, of infinite love with infinite knowledge.” — Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda quotes on yoga and meditation

Swami Vivekananda quotes on yoga and meditation

“I, for one, thoroughly believe that no power in the universe can withhold from anyone anything they really deserve.”  ― Swami Vivekananda

“First, believe in the world that there is the meaning behind everything.”  ― 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

“Learning and wisdom are superfluities, the surface glitter merely, but it is the heart that is the seat of all power.”  ― 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

“Talk to yourself at least once a day. Otherwise, you may miss a meeting with an excellent person in this world.”  ― Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda Famous Quotes 

“It is the duty of every person to contribute to the development and progress of India.”  ― Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda Quotes For Mankind

Swami Vivekananda Quotes For Mankind

“Impurity is a mere superimposition under which your real nature has become hidden. But the real you is already perfect, already strong.”  ― Swami Vivekananda

“Great work requires great and persistent effort for a long time…character has to be established through a thousand stumbles.”  ― Swami Vivekananda

“Work and worship are necessary to take away the veil, to lift off the bondage and illusion.”  ― Swami Vivekananda

“Take up an idea, devote yourself to it, struggle on in patience, and the sun will rise for you.” — Swami Vivekananda

“It is the cheerful mind that is persevering. It is the strong mind that hews its way through a thousand difficulties.” — Swami Vivekananda


It is the patient building of character, the intense struggle to realize the truth, which alone will tell in the future of humanity. ― 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

“Blows are what awaken us & help to break the dream. They show us the insufficiency of this world & make us long to escape, to have freedom.” — Swami Vivekananda

“God is to be worshipped as the one beloved, dearer than everything in this and next life.” — Swami Vivekananda

“It is the Level-headed Man, the Calm Man, of Good Judgment and cool nerves, of Great sympathy and love, who does good work and so does good to himself.” — Swami Vivekananda

“All that is real in me is God; all that is real in God is I. The gulf between God and me is thus bridged. Thus by knowing God, we find that the kingdom of heaven is within us.” — Swami Vivekananda

“Be a here. Always say, I have no fear. Tell this to everyone – Have no fear.”  ― Swami Vivekananda

We came to enjoy; we are being enjoyed. We came to rule; we are being ruled. We came to work; we are being worked. All the time, we find that. And this comes into every detail of our life.” ― Swami Vivekananda


“What the world wants is a character. The world is in need of those whose life is one burning love, selfless. That love will make every word tell like a thunderbolt.” — 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

“Fear is death, fear is sin, fear is hell, fear is unrighteousness, and fear is wrong life. All the negative thoughts and ideas that are in the world have proceeded from this evil spirit of fear.” — Swami Vivekananda

“I do not want to get material life, do not want the sense-life, but something higher. That is renunciation. Then, by the power of meditation, undo the mischief that has been done.” — Swami Vivekananda

“If the mind is intensely eager, everything can be accomplished-mountains can be crumbled into atoms.” — Swami Vivekananda

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

Swami Vivekananda Famous Quotes 


Swami Vivekananda was a man of words. He was a religious Hindu Monk. He emphasized the importance of coming together for the betterment of society. He urged people worldwide to adopt the Indian culture and follow the path of Karma Yoga.

Vivekananda was chiefly responsible for the foundation of the Ramakrishna Mission. He travelled to several Western countries for spreading the goals and missions of the Ramakrishna Mission. The Mission has published the eight editions of his collected works, which hold his books on Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Raja Yoga, and Karma Yoga, as well as his numerous speeches.

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  1. Mahesh

    February 9, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Very useful

  2. Deepak

    May 21, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    Vivekand ji was the real hero

  3. Quotes Goals

    December 4, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    Nice Article…. I’m really happy after reading this post 🙂

  4. miv

    December 8, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong. …
    swami vivekanand is the hero of india…

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