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Top 30 Swami Vivekananda Quotes

Swami Vivekananda ji’s original name was Narendranath. He was born on 12th January 1863 at Kolkata (Swamiji’s Jayanti i.e. birth anniversary is celebrated as the ‘International Youth Day). Right from childhood, two aspects of his behavior could clearly be noticed. One was his devout and compassionate nature and the other was his readiness to perform any act of courage. Since his whole family was spiritually inclined, he received an appropriate religious upbringing.


Swami Vivekananda was admitted to the school founded by Mr. Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar in 1870. While in school he focused both on studies as well as bodybuilding. He had great respect for his mother tongue. One such incident was when he had an English language class in school, he said, “I shall not learn the language of the white master.” At least for 7 – 8 months, he abstained from learning that language. Later he learned English owing to compulsion.  Swami Vivekananda stood first in his matriculate examination and added to the glory of his family and school. Then he joined the Presidency College in Kolkata and completed his M.A. in Philosophy.

India was ruled by the British during the period of Swami Vivekananda. Owing to the influence of the British education system, their culture, strategies of Christian missionaries misleading people, and their literature, the affluent class in Bharat developed inferiority complex feeling that Hindu Dharma and culture is of very low standard, inhuman and barbarian. Many Hindus would have been baptized and adopted Christianity, but there is no doubt that it was curbed due to the fiery propagation of ‘Vedanta’ in other countries by Swami Vivekananda.


We are what our thoughts have made us

Anything that makes weak - physically intellectually and spiritually reject it as poison.

Each man has a mission in life which is the result of all his infinite past Karma.

Self-love is the first teacher of self-renunciation.

It is not God's fault. It is our fault that we suffer. Whatever we sow we reap.

Losing faith in one's self means losing faith in God.

You never hear of a mother cursing the child; she is forgiving always forgiving.

There is no help for you outside yourself; You are the creator of the universe.

You are the creator of your own destiny

Strength and manliness are virtue; weakness and cowardice are sin.

Charity is great but the moment you say it is all you run the risk of running into materialism.

All real progress must be slow.

In a conflict between the heart and the brain follow your heart.

The body is our enemy and yet is our friend.

No two persons have the same mind or the same body.

All forms are transitory that is why all religions say "God has no form".

I am teaching you now about it but how many of you will practice it?

Alcohol is not the answer to all questions

Any time you attempt to make a God beyond Christ you murder the whole thing. God alone can worship God.

Attachment comes only where we expect a return.

Accumulate power in silence and become a dynamo of spirituality.

Every human being has the right to ask the reason why and to have his question answered by himself if he only takes the trouble.

Everything can be sacrificed for truth but truth cannot be sacrificed for anything.

Do not say we are weak; we can do anything and everything. What can we not do? Everything can be done by us; we all have the same glorious soul let us believe in it.

Learn Everything that is Good from Others but bring it in and in your own way absorb it; do not become others.

Good works are continually being undone by the tons of hatred and anger which are being poured out on the world.

Arise! Awake! and stop not until the goal is reached.

The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you free.

Music is the highest art and to those who understand is the highest worship

Believe in yourself and the world will be at your feet.