Swami Vivekananda Thoughts And Quotes

Understand the interesting philosophies of Swami Vivekananda by reading his quotes.
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And even if you

And even if you have to go to hell in working for others, that is worth more than to gain heaven by seeking your own salvation.

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As soon as a

As soon as a man or a nation loses faith in himself or itself, death comes. Believe first in yourself and then God.

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as soon as they

as soon as they are becoming prominent in our minds, we should see a physician, take good food, and rest.

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As soon as you

As soon as you know the voice and understand what it is, the whole scene changes.

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Astrology and all these

Astrology and all these mystical things are generally signs of a weak mind; therefore

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Be moral Be brave

Be moral. Be brave. Be a heartwhole man. Strictly moral, brave unto desperation.

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But if superstition enters

But if superstition enters, the brain is gone, the brain is softening, degradation has seized upon the life

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but when we know

but when we know ourselves to be the One, fear goes; of what can we be afraid? As soon as I think that I am a little body.

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By the study of

By the study of different religions we find that in essence they are one.

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Did not our Gurudev

Did not our Gurudev use to say ‘An empty stomach is no good for religion’?

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External nature is only

External nature is only internal nature writ large.

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Face the brutes

Face the brutes.

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For our own motherland

For our own motherland a junction of the two great systems, Hinduism and Islam.-Vedanta brain and Islam body- is the only hope.

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God is to be

God is to be worshipped as the one beloved, dearer than everything in this and next life.

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God of truth be

God of truth, be Thou alone my guide.

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He is an atheist

He is an atheist who does not believe in himself.

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Help if you can

Help if you can; if you cannot, fold your hands and stand by and see things go on. Do not injure, if you cannot render help.

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I am the thread

I am the thread that runs through all these pearls, and each pearl is a religion or even a sect thereof.

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I do not want

I do not want to get material life, do not want the sense-life, but something higher.

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I have been asked

I have been asked many times, Why do you laugh so much and make so many jokes? I become serious sometimes-when I have a stomachache!

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I want to preserve

I want to preserve it, to protect it, to keep it nice, at the expense of other bodies; then you and I become separate.

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I would rather see

I would rather see everyone of you rank atheists than superstitious fools, for the atheist is alive, and you can make something of him.

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If there is a

If there is a sin in the world it is weakness; avoid all weakness, weakness is sin, weakness is death.

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If there is sin

If there is sin, this is the only sin ? to say that you are weak, or others are weak.

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If you seek your

If you seek your own salvation, you will go to hell. It is the salvation of others that you must seek;

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It is self creating

It is self-creating, self-dissolving, self-manifesting, One Infinite Existence, the Brahma.

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Let the brain muscles

Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone.

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Let these people be

Let these people be your GOD – think of them, work for them, pray for them incessantly – the Lord will show you the way.

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Life is short Give

Life is short. Give it up to a good cause.

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My ideal indeed can

My ideal indeed can be put into a few words and that is to preach unto mankind their divinity and how to make it manifest in evrey moment of life.

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Mystery mongering and superstition

Mystery mongering and superstition are always signs of weakness.

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Never think there is

Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so.

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Our religion is in

Our religion is in the kitchen. Our God is the cooking-pot, and our religion is: don’t touch me, I am holy.

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Seek ye first the

Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and everything shall be added unto you.

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So long as even

So long as even a single dog in my country is without food, my whole religion will be to feed it.

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So long as millions

So long as millions die in hunger and ignorance, I hold every man a traitor who, havin been educatd at their expense, pays not the least heed to them.

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Stand as a rock

Stand as a rock; you are indestructible. You are the self, the God of the universe. – Swami Vivekananda

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Stand up be bold

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.

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Such are the different

Such are the different pearls and God is the thread that runs through all of them; most people, however, are entirely unconscious of it.

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Take up one idea

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea.

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That man has reached

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

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The earth is enjoyed

The earth is enjoyed by heroes.

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The first sign of

The first sign of your becoming religious is that you are becoming cheerful

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The goal of mankind

The goal of mankind is knowledge … Now this knowledge is inherent in man. No knowledge comes from outside: it is all inside.

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The more we come

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

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The same world which

The same world which was the ghastly battlefield of maya is now changed into something good and beautiful

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The world is the

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

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This is the way

This is the way to success, that is way great spiritual giants are produced.

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This life is short

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.

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This universe has not

This universe has not been created by any extra-cosmic God, nor is it the work of any outside genius.

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Those poor people are

Those poor people are leading the life of brutes is simply due to ignorance!

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We are so many

We are so many sannyasins wandering about and teaching the people metaphysics – it is all madness!

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We are what our

We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.

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We are what our

We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.

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We have for all

We have for all ages been sucking their blood and trampling them under foot.

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what man learns is

what man ‘learns’ is really what he discovers by taking the cover off his own soul, which is a mine of infinite knowledge.

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What we say a

What we say a man ‘knows’, should, in strict psychological language, be what he ‘discovers’ or ‘unveils’

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Where can we go

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

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Where can we go

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

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Where should you go

Where should you go to seek for God? Are not all the poor, the miserable, the weak, Gods? Why not worship them first? Why go to dig a well on the shores of the Ganga?

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With five hundred men

With five hundred men, the conquest of India might take fifty years: with as many women, not more than a few weeks.

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You are the God

You are the God of this universe. As long as we believe ourselves to be even the least different from God, fear remains with us.

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You cannot believe in

You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.

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You have to grow

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.

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