100 Famous Swami Vivekananda Quotes & Thoughts In English

These Swami vivekananda quotes and thoughts on love, youth, education and success teach you a lot about the way of life.

Swami Vivekananda was born on 12 January 1863 was an Indian Hindu monk. Bon with the name of Narendranath Datta, Swami Vivekananda was a chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna.

Born in Calcutta, West Bengal in a typical Bengali family, he was one of those people who introduced Vedanta and yoga types of Indan philosophies to the western world. He also raised the status of the Hinduism religion as the major world religion at his time.

Swami Vivekananda Quotes In English

Famous for his speech that began with “Sisters and brothers of America …” where he introduced Hinduism at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893. Since his childhood, he was always inclined towards spirituality, meditating at the very young age in front of hindu dieties such as Lord Shiva and Rama and when he found his guru Shri Ramakrishna, he influenced him and taught that all living beings were an embodiment of the divine self; therefore, service to God could be rendered by service to humankind. 

After the death of his guru Shri Ramakrishna, Vivekananda started traveling and learning about the conditions prevailing in British India. Later he went to the United States in 1893, where the famous speech we mentioned takes place in the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

Later he conducted hundreds of public and private lectures and classes, teaching the Hindu philosophies in the United States, England and Europe. Vivekananda is known as the famous patriotic saint in india and his birthday is celebrated as the National Youth Day.

When his guru, Ramakrishna died, many of his students and devotees stopped following his disciples and returned to their home and started their family. Later, Narendra decided to convert an old house into a new monastery for the remaining devotees. They named the Baranagar place to Ramakrishna Math where they spent a large of their time practicing meditation and religious austerities daily.

Swami Vivekananda died on 4th July, 1902. At the day of his death, Vivekananda woke up early, went to the monastry at Belur  Math and gie three hours to the meditation. Doing his usual teaching in the day, he returned to his room at 7:00 pm and asked not to be disturbed.

It is said that he died at 9:20 pm while meditating but according to his devotees, he attained mahasamadhi. But later it is claimed that the rupture of a blood vessel in his brain was reported as a possible cause of death. He was criminated opposite to his guru Ramakrishna.

Here we are sharing a collection of Swami Vivekananda quotes and thoughts on youth, success, god and nature for you to learn some wisdom shared by this Indian Hindu Monk.

Swami Vivekananda Quotes

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

“They alone live, who live for others.”
― Swami Vivekananda

“believe in yourself and the world will be at your feet”
― 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

“Desire, ignorance, and inequality—this is the trinity of bondage.”
― 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

“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

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

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

“He who struggles is better than he who never attempts.”
― Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda Thoughts

“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 , Letters of Swami Vivekananda

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

“It is a very hard thing to understand, but you will come to learn in time that nothing in the universe has power over you until you allow it to exercise such a power.”
― Swami Vivekananda

“Neither seek nor avoid, take what comes.”
― Swami Vivekananda

“Talk to yourself at least once in a Day, otherwise you may miss a meeting with an EXCELLENT person in this World.”
― Swami Vivekananda

“Strength is Life, Weakness is Death.
Expansion is Life, Contraction is Death.
Love is Life, Hatred is Death.”
― 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 good because it is good to do good. Ask no more.”
― Swami Vivekananda, Lectures on Bhagavad Gita

“You need not worry or make yourself sleepless about the world; it will go on without you.”
― 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

Swami Vivekananda Quotes In English

“Blessed are they whose bodies get destroyed in the service of others.”
― 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

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

“You must worship the Self in Krishna, not Krishna as Krishna.”
― 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

“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

“The only religion that ought to be taught is the religion of fearlessness. Either in this world or in the world of religion, it is true that fear is the sure cause of degradation and sin. It is fear that brings misery, fear that brings death, fear that breeds evil. And what causes fear? Ignorance of our own nature.”
― Swami Vivekananda

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

“Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this divinity by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work, or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy – by one, or more, or all of these – and be free. This is the whole of religion. Doctrines, or dogmas, or rituals, or books, or temples, or forms, are but secondary details.”
― Swami Vivekananda

“Take Risks in Your Life If u Win, U Can Lead! If u Lose, U Can Guide!”
― Swami Vivekananda, Raja-Yoga

Swami Vivekananda Quotes On Youth, Success

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

“Devotion to duty is the highest form of worship of God.”
― Swami Vivekananda

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

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

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

“Learn Everything that is Good from Others, but bring it in, and in your own way absorb it; do not become others.”
― Swami Vivekananda

“There is no God separate from you, no God higher than you, the real ‘you’. All the gods are little beings to you, all the ideas of God and Father in heaven are but your own reflection. God Himself is your image. ‘God created man after His own image.’ That is wrong. Man creates God after his own image. That is right. Throughout the universe we are creating gods after our own image. We create the god and fall down at his feet and worship him; and when this dream comes, we love it!”
― Swami Vivekananda

“Education is the manifestation of perfection already existing in man.”
― 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

Swami Vivekananda Quotes On God, Nature

“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.”
― Swami Vivekananda, Lectures from Colombo to Almora

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

“Was there ever a more horrible blasphemy than the statement that all the knowledge of God is confined to this or that book? How dare men call God infinite, and yet try to compress Him within the covers of a little book!”
― Swami Vivekananda, Raja-Yoga

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

“We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our own past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in the future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act.”
― Swami Vivekananda

“The greatest sin is to think yourself weak”
― Swami Vivekanand, Pearls of Wisdom

“Anything that makes weak – physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject it as poison.”
― 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

“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

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

Swami Vivekananda Motivational And Inspirational Quotes

“The very reason for nature’s existence is for the education of the soul.”
― Swami Vivekananda, Karma Yoga: the Yoga of Action

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

“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

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

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

“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

“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life; dream of it; think of it; live on that idea. Let the brain, the body, 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, and this is the way great spiritual giants are produced.”
― 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

Swami Vivekananda Quotes On Education, Hinduism

“Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvellous work. It is fear that is the great cause of misery in the world. It is fear that is the greatest of all superstitions. It is fear that is the cause of all our woes, and it is fearlessness that brings heaven even in a moment. Therefore, “arise, awake and stop not until the goal is reached.”
― Swami Vivekananda

“If in this hell of a world one can bring a little joy and peace even for a day into the heart of a single person, that much alone is true; this I have learnt after suffering all my life; all else is mere moonshine. . . .”
― 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, Complete Works

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

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

“We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate.
The wind is blowing; those vessels whose sails are unfurled
catch it, and go forward on their way, but those which have
their sails furled do not catch the wind. Is that the fault of
the wind?……. We make our own destiny.”
― 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

Swami Vivekananda Quotes For Students

“How often does a man ruin his disciples by remaining always with them! When men are once trained, it is essential that their leader leave them, for without his absence they cannot develop themselves. Plants always remain small under a big tree.”
― 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

“Do not believe a thing because you have read about it in a book. Do not believe a thing because another man has said it was true. Do not believe in words because they are hallowed by tradition. Find out the truth for yourself. Reason it out. That is realization.”
― 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

“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

“The Vedanta recognizes no sin it only recognizes error. And the greatest error, says the Vedanta is to say that you are weak, that you are a sinner, a miserable creature, and that you have no power and you cannot do this and that.”
― 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

“Give up the idea that by ruling over others you can do any good to them. But you can do just as much as you can in the case of the plant: you can supply the growing seed with the materials for the making up of its body, bringing to it the earth, the water, the air, that it wants. It will take all that it wants by its own nature, it will assimilate and grow by its own nature.”
― 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

“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

Famous Quotes Of Swami Vivekananda On Love, Life

“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

“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

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

“The goal of mankind is knowledge. That is the one ideal placed before us by Eastern philosophy. Pleasure is not the goal of man, but knowledge. Pleasure and happiness come to an end. It is a mistake to suppose that pleasure is the goal.”
― Swami Vivekananda, Karma Yoga

“By doing well the duty which is nearest to us, the duty which is in our hands, we make ourselves stronger”
― 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

“This universe is the wreckage of the infinite on the shores of the finite.”
― Swami Vivekananda

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

Best Swami Vivekananda Quotes, Thoughts and Slogans

“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

“The mind is in its own nature when it is calm. The moment you can calm it, that [very] moment you will know the truth.”
― 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

“Why should a Man be Moral? Because this strengthens his will.”
― 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

“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.”
― Swami Vivekananda

“After every happiness comes misery; they may be far apart or near. The more advanced the soul, the more quickly does one follow the other. What we want is neither happiness nor misery. Both make us forget our true nature; both are chains–one iron, one gold; behind both is the Atman, who knows neither happiness nor misery. These are states, and states must ever change; but the nature of the Atman is bliss, peace, unchanging. We have not to get it, we have it; only wash away the dross and see it.”
― Swami Vivekananda

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

“A tremendous stream is flowing toward the ocean, carrying us all along with it; and though like straws and scraps of paper we may at times float aimlessly about, in the long run we are sure to join the Ocean of Life and Bliss.”
― Swami Vivekananda

“We only know the universe from the point of view of beings with five senses. Suppose we obtain another sense, the whole universe must change for us.”
― Swami Vivekananda, Jnana Yoga

“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

Did you learn something meaningful from these Swami Vivekananda quotes?

Swami Vivekanand was a firmed believer of the existence of God. ven though he has suffered through many disease like Malaria, diabetes, and asthma but nothing deterred him from this vision and motto in life. He strongly believed in “One has to die…it is better to wear out than to rust out.”

Even though he died at the age of 39, his teachings and wisdom continue to spread throughout the world and enlightening people in the path of spirituality. We hope you will learn something new from these Swami Vivekananda quotes and thoughts on life, success, Hinduism that you can apply and icrease the quality of your life.

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