30 Quotes of Swami Vivekananda on personal achievement


World renowned Hindu spiritual leader and monk ‘Swami Vivekananda’ is a beacon of inspiration and wisdom to millions. His speech at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893 is perhaps the most iconic of his many famous speeches. He was a major force in the modern day revival of Hinduism and contributed greatly in the awakening of Indian nationalism. He is said to be the earliest Hindu teacher to popularise Advaita Vedantic teachings and yoga practices in the West through his writings and speeches.

Swami Vivekananda had profound influence on many notable personalities around the world. Some of such well-known personalities are: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Mahatma Gandhi, Mark Twain, Rolland Romain, Rabindranath Tagore, Margaret Noble (Sister Nivedita), Christine Greenstidel, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz, John D. Rockefeller, Jamsetji Tata, Sarah Bernhardt, Emma Calvé, Nikola Tesla, Aldous Huxley, Christopher Isherwood, Sukarno, Eugene Chelyshev and many more.

Swami Vivekananda quotes are among the best lessons ever uttered on personal development and life achievement and they are sure to stir you and inspire you to greater heights in life.

Here is a selection of 30 Inspirational quotes by Swami Vivekananda:

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

2. “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

3. “All great undertakings are achieved through mighty obstacles. Keep up the deepest mental poise. Take not even the slightest notice of what puerile creatures may be saying against you.” – Swami Vivekananda

4. “Never mind failures; they are quite natural, they are the beauty of life, these failures. What would life be without them? It would not be worth having if it were not for struggles. Where would be the poetry of life? Never mind the struggles, the mistakes. I never heard a cow tell a lie, but it is only a cow—never a man. So never mind these failures, these little backslidings; hold the ideal a thousand times, and if you fail a thousand times, make the attempt once more.” – Swami Vivekananda

5. “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

6. “Things do not grow better. They remain as they are; and we grow better by the changes we make in them.” – Swami Vivekananda

7. “The remedy for weakness is not brooding over weakness, but thinking of strength. Teach men of the strength that is already within them. Instead of telling them they are sinners, the Vedanta takes the opposite position, and says, “You are pure and perfect, and what you call sin does not belong to you.” Sins are very low degrees of Self-manifestation; manifest your Self in a high degree. That is the one thing to remember; all of us can do that. Never say, “No”, never say, “I cannot”, for you are infinite. Even time and space are as nothing compared with your nature. You can do anything and everything, you are almighty.” – Swami Vivekananda

8. “To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will. “I will drink the ocean,” says the persevering soul, “at my will mountains will crumble up.” Have that sort of energy, that sort of will, work hard, and you will reach the goal.” – Swami Vivekananda

9. “Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvelous work. The moment you fear, you are nobody. 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 our woes, and it is fearlessness that brings heaven even in a moment. Therefore, “Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached.” – Swami Vivekananda

10. “Sincerity of conviction and purity of motive will surely gain the day; and even a small minority, armed with these, is surely destined to prevail against all odds.” – Swami Vivekananda

11. “And here is the test of truth — anything that makes you weak physically, intellectually, and spiritually, reject as poison; there is no life in it, it cannot be true.” – Swami Vivekananda

12. “Do not figure out big plans at first, but, begin slowly, feel your ground and proceed up and up.” – Swami Vivekananda

13. “Your success is not measured in terms of what all you obtained but in term of what you become, how you live and what actions you do. Upon this point reflect well and attain great happiness” – Swami Vivekananda

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

15. “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

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

17. “Can any work be done unless all of us gird up our loins? And be up and doing! “Fortune favours the brave and energetic.” Don’t look back — forward, infinite energy, infinite enthusiasm, infinite daring, and infinite patience — then alone can great deeds be accomplished. We must set the whole world afire.” – Swami Vivekananda

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

19. “How has all the knowledge in the world been gained but the concentration of the powers of mind? The world is ready to give 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

20. “Dare to be free, dare to go as far as your thought leads, and dare to carry that out in your life.” – Swami Vivekananda

21. “Learn everything that is good from others, but bring it in, and in your own way absorb it; do not become others.” – Swami Vivekananda

22. “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

23. “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

24. “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

25. “Fear is death, fear is sin, fear is hell, fear is unrighteousness, 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

26. “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

27. “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?” – Swami Vivekananda

28. “Do one thing at a time, and while doing it put your whole soul into it to the exclusion of all else.” – Swami Vivekananda

29. “Action will come. Fill yourselves with the ideal; whatever you do, think well on it. All your actions will be magnified, transformed, deified, by the very power of the thought. If matter is powerful, thought is omnipotent. Bring this thought to bear upon your life, fill yourselves with the thought of your almightiness, your majesty, and your glory.” – Swami Vivekananda

30. “Why are people so afraid? The answer is that they have made themselves helpless and dependent on others. We are so lazy, we do not want to do anything ourselves. We want a Personal God, a Savior or a Prophet to do everything for us.” – Swami Vivekananda


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