Swami Vivekananda Jan 12 1863- 4 July 1902The teachings of Swami Vivekananda are universal in their scope and are meant forpeople belonging to all strata of society, all religions, and all races. SwamiVivekananda’s powerful words awaken the minds of the readers, instill self-confidence and courage to face the problems of life, fill their hearts with love andspirit of service, and guide them through the difficulties and uncertainties of life.For updates on various projects organized as part of 150th Birth AnniversaryCelebrations of Swami Vivekananda, visit http://www.sv150.info/
IntroductionAs an inspirational speaker I am often amazed by the power that lies in a singlequotation to transform someone’s life. Many times, I have felt recharged andenergized on reading the inspiring words of Swami Vivekananda. Good quotes,though short, can be profound and have the power to transform one’s life andone’s thoughts. Empowering quotes “I.N.S.P.I.R.E.” us to reach higher. They:I nfuse positive energy and zest for lifeN urture new ideas and visionsS ummarize complex concepts and ideologiesP rovide us with a new perspective of seeing thingsI nspire us to have dreamsR eveal the mindsets of successful peopleE ncourage us in times of despairThis book contains handpicked quotations by Swami Vivekananda thoughtfullyarranged in alphabetically ordered sections to remind us of our inner strengthsand abilities. I do hope the empowering quotes in this book will inspire you toreach higher… -Amey Hegde
AttitudeIt is our own mental attitude which makes theworld what it is for us. Our thought make thingsbeautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. Thewhole world is in our own minds. Learn to seethings in the proper light.We must have friendship for all; we must bemerciful toward those that are in misery; whenpeople are happy, we ought to be happy; and tothe wicked we must be indifferent. Theseattitudes will make the mind peaceful.
Belief in SelfNever think there is anything impossible for thesoul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If thereis sin, this is the only sin; to say that you areweak, or others are weak.If faith in ourselves had been more extensivelytaught and practiced, I am sure a very largeportion of the evils and miseries that we havewould have vanished.
Concentration & FocusThe world is ready to give up its secrets if weonly know how to knock, how to give it thenecessary blow. The strength and force of theblow come through concentration.Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life -think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let thebrain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body,be full of that idea, and just leave every otheridea alone. This is the way to success.
Grumble Less, Work MoreThose who grumble at the little thing thathas fallen to their lot to do will grumble ateverything. Always grumbling they will leada miserable life... . But those who do theirduty putting their shoulder to the wheelwill see the light, and higher and higherduties will fall to their share.
Kindness & ServiceLook upon every man, woman, and everyone asGod. You cannot help anyone, you can only serve:serve the children of the Lord, serve the LordHimself, if you have the privilege.Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helpinghand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, blessyour brothers, and let them go their own way.
PersistenceTo succeed you must have tremendousperseverance, tremendous will. "I will drink theocean," says the persevering soul, "at my willmountains will crumble." Have that sort ofenergy, that sort of will, work hard, and you willreach the goal.Dont look back- forward, infinite energy, infiniteenthusiasm, infinite daring, and infinite patience -then alone can great deeds be accomplished.
Positive ThinkingIf you think about disaster, you will get it. Brood aboutdeath and you hasten your demise. Think positively andmasterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomesmore secure, more fraught with action, richer inachievement and experience.Fill the brain with high thoughts, highest ideals, placethem day and night before you, and out of that will comegreat work.
Take ResponsibilityStand up, be bold, be strong. Take the wholeresponsibility on your own shoulders, and know that youare the creator of your own destiny. All the strength andsuccor you want is within yourselves. Therefore, makeyour own future.We are responsible for what we are, and whatever wewish ourselves to be, we have the power to makeourselves. If what we are now has been the result of ourown past actions, it certainly follows that whatever wewish to be in future can be produced by our presentactions; so we have to know how to act.