(The following quotes of Swami Vivekananda are sourced from various books on the legendary personality.)
- 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 cause of all our woes and it is fearlessness that brings heaven even in a moment.
- Be obedient and eternally faithful to the cause of truth, humanity and your country and you will move the world.
- It is the coward and the fool who says, “This is fate.” But it is the strong man who stands up and says, “I will make my fate.” It is people who are getting old who talk of fate.
- Then only India will awake when hundreds of large hearted men and women, giving up all desires of enjoying the luxuries of life, will long and exert themselves to their utmost for the well being of the millions of their countrymen who are gradually sinking lower and lower in the vortex of destitution and ignorance.
- The secret of religion lies not in theories but in practice. To be good and to do good – that is the whole of religion.
- To advance, we must have faith in ourselves first and then in God. He who has no faith in himself can never have faith in God.
- Mystery-mongering and superstition are always the signs of weakness. These are always signs of degradation and death. Therefore, beware of them; be strong and stand on your own feet.
- Beware of everything that is untrue: stick to truth and we shall succeed, may be slowly, but surely.
- He is an atheist who doesn’t 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 doesn’t believe in himself.
- Let us be no more the worshippers of creeds or sects with small limited notions of God, but see God in everything in the universe. If you are knowers of God, you will everywhere find the same worship as in your own heart.
- When you are doing any work, do it as worship, as highest worship and devote your whole life to it for the time being.