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Swami Vivekananda (1863 – 1902)


Teacher of the Vedanta philosophy, and one of the most famous and influential spiritual leaders of Hinduism.
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.
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Come, be men ! Kick out the priests who are always against progress, because they would never mend, their hearts would never become big. They are the offspring of centuries of superstition and tyranny. Root out priest-craft first. Come, be men ! Come out of your narrow holes and have a look abroad. See how nations are on the march ! Do you love man ? Do you love your country ? Then come, let us struggle for higher and better things ; look not back, no, not even if you see the dearest and nearest cry. Look not back, but forward !
Vivekananda
We have to go back to philosophy to treat things as they are. We are suffering from our own karma. It is not the fault of God. What we do is our own fault, nothing else. Why should God be blamed?




Vivekananda Swami quotes
Knowledge can only be got in one way, the way of experience; there is no other way to know.
Vivekananda Swami
Whenever we attain a higher vision, the lower vision disappears of itself.
Swami Vivekananda quotes
Experience is the only source of knowledge. The same methods of investigation which we apply to the sciences and to exterior knowledge should be applied to religion. If a religion is destroyed by such investigation and found it was nothing but a useless and unworthy superstition; the sooner it disappeared the better. Why religions should claim that they are not bound to abide by the standpoint of reason no one knows. For it is better that mankind should become atheist by following reason than blindly believe in two hundred million gods on the authority of anybody. Perhaps there are prophets, who have passed the limits of sense and obtained a glimpse of the beyond. We shall believe it only when we can do the same ourselves; not before. It is said that reason is not strong enough, that often it makes mistakes. If reason is weak why should a body of priests be considered any better guides?
Swami Vivekananda
Tell the truth boldly, whether it hurts or not. Never pander to weakness. If truth is too much for intelligent people and sweeps them away, let them go; the sooner the better.
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Give me few men and women who are pure and selfless and I shall shake the world.
Vivekananda
Women will work out their destinies much better, too, than men can ever do for them. All the mischief to women has come because men undertook to shape the destiny of women.
Vivekananda Swami
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
I, for one, thoroughly believe that no power in the universe can withhold from anyone anything he really deserves.




Swami Vivekananda quotes
The past was great no doubt, but I sincerely believe that the future will be more glorious still.
Swami Vivekananda
Arise, awake and Stop not till the Goal is Reached.
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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.
Vivekananda Swami
The more you think of yourself as shining immortal spirit, the more eager you will be to be absolutely free of matter, body, and senses. This is the intense desire to be free.
Vivekananda Swami quotes
Truth does not pay homage to any society, ancient or modern. Society has to pay homage to Truth or die.
Swami Vivekananda
It is an insult to a starving people to offer them religion; it is an insult to a starving man to teach him metaphysics.
Swami Vivekananda quotes
This is no world. It is God Himself. In delusion we call it world.
Swami Vivekananda
There cannot be friendship without equality.
Vivekananda Swami
As long as we believe ourselves to be even the least different from God, fear remains with us; but when we know ourselves to be the One, fear goes; of what can we be afraid?


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