Best Quotes by Swami Vivekananda to read on his Birth Anniversary

Swami Vivekananda is one of the greatest Indian leaders whose contribution to the country’s reforms and its youth’s betterment, is celebrated. That is why, the nation celebrates his birthday on January 12 as National Youth Day every year.

Commemorating Swami Vivekananda on this day, here are some inspirational quotes by him:

  • “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.”
  • “In a conflict between the heart and the brain, follow your heart.”
  • “In a day, when you don’t come across any problems – you can be sure that you are travelling in a wrong path”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far”
  • “The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves.”
  • “The greatest sin is to think yourself weak”
  • “Dare to be free, dare to go as far as your thought leads, and dare to carry that out in your life.”
  • “Anything that makes weak – physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject it as poison.”
  • “Be not Afraid of anything. You will do Marvelous work. it is Fearlessness that brings Heaven even in a moment.”
  • “Arise, awake, stop not till the goal is reached.”
  • “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.”
  • “You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.”
  • “Neither seek nor avoid, take what comes.”
  • “Strength is Life, Weakness is Death. Expansion is Life, Contraction is Death. Love is Life, Hatred is Death.”
  • “Comfort is no test of truth. Truth is often far from being comfortable.”
  • “The fire that warms us can also consume us; it is not the fault of the fire.”
  • “Learn everything that is good from others, but bring it in, and in your own way absorb it; do not become others.”
  • “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.”
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