20 Quotes By Swami Vivekananda That Continues to Inspire Millions

Last Updated on June 26, 2022

Swami Vivekananda quotes inspiring

Swami Vivekananda, a leader, and mystic of India was a disciple of 19th century Indian mystic Ramakrishna. Swami Vivekananda is credited for introducing the Hindu philosophy of Vedanta and Yoga in the west.

He was inclined towards spirituality as he belonged to an aristocratic Bengali Kayastha family of Calcutta. He learned that human beings are the embodiment of the divine self which means service to God can be rendered by serving humankind.

Swami Vivekananda was a great leader and still acts as a guiding force to new leaders worldwide.

His words and teachings have influenced the greatest scientists like Nikol Tesla, visionaries like J.R.D Tata, Mahatma Gandhi, Subhash Chandra Bose, etc.

20 Inspiring Quotes By Swami Vivekananda

Here are Vivekananda’s top 20 quotes which will inspire you.

Swami Vivekananda Quotes on Success

1. “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, 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.” – Swami Vivekananda

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

3. “In wealth is the fear of poverty; in knowledge, the fear of ignorance; in beauty, the fear of age; in fame, the fear of backbiters; in success, the fear of jealousy: even in body is the fear of death. Everything in this earth is fraught with fear. He alone is fearless, who has given up everything.” – Swami Vivekananda

4. “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

5. “Do not lower your goals to the level of your abilities; instead, raise your abilities to the height of your goals.” – Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda Quotes on Mind

6. “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

7. “It is our own mental attitude that makes the world what it is for us. Our thought make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our own minds. Learn to see things in the proper light.” – Swami Vivekananda

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

9. “Anything that makes weak – physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject it as poison.” – Swami Vivekananda

10. “All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind. “ – Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda Quotes on Mindset

11. “Arise! Awake! and stop not until the goal is reached.” – Swami Vivekananda

12. “Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is sin, this is the only sin; to say that you are weak, or others are weak.” – Swami Vivekananda

13. “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.” – Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda Quotes on Meditation

14. “Meditative state is the highest state of existence. So long as there is desire, no real happiness can come. It is only the contemplative, witness-like study of objects that brings us real enjoyment and happiness.” – Swami Vivekananda

15. “Meditation can turn fools into sages, but unfortunately, fools never meditate.” – Swami Vivekananda

16. “Meditation means the mind is turned back upon itself. The mind stops all the thought-waves, and the world stops. Your consciousness expands. Every time you meditate, you will keep your growth.” – Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda Quotes on Education

17. “Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in man.” – Swami Vivekananda

18. “If education is identical with information, the libraries are the greatest sages in the world, and encyclopedias are the Rishis.” – Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda Inspirational Quotes

19. “Experience is the only teacher we have. we may talk and reason all our lives, but we shall not understand a word of truth.” – Swami Vivekananda

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


Swami Vivekananda is an inspiration for all of us, and his words keep inspiring and motivating us every time. If you have more quotes to share, do share them in the comment section.

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