National Youth Day: Celebrating Swami Vivekananda On His Birth Anniversary


Born as Narendranath Datta and hailed from an aristocratic Bengali Kayastha family. Swami Vivekananda is credited with bringing Hinduism to the status of major world religion in the late 19th century. He played an important role in introducing the Indian Vedanta and philosophies of yoga to the western world, which put India on the world’s spiritual map. On Swami Vivekananda’s 157th birth anniversary here we have 10 of his quotes that will inspire you to change the way you look at life!

  • “The greatest sin is to think yourself weak.”
  • “Talk to yourself once in a day, otherwise you may miss meeting an intelligent person in this world.”
  • “Arise, awake and don’t stop until the goal is reached.”
  • “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.”
  • “We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.”
  • “In a day, when you don’t come across any problems – you can be sure that you are travelling in a wrong path.”
  • “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.”
  • “Ask nothing; want nothing in return. Give what you have to give; it will come back to you, but do not think of that now.”
  • “All power is within you; you can do anything and everything. Believe in that, do not believe that you are weak; do not believe that you are half-crazy lunatics, as most of us do nowadays. You can do anything and everything, without even the guidance of anyone. Stand up and express the divinity within you.”
  • “Strength is life, weakness is death. Expansion is life, contraction is death. Love is life, hatred is death.”


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