Swami Vivekananda was born on January 12, 1863 in Calcutta of British India. He was known as Narendra Nath Datta in his pre-monastic life. He was one of India’s deeply profound spiritual leaders and inspired the youth of our country to be better by living a pure life and setting an example for the rest of the world.

January 12, is marked as ‘National Youth Day’ as an honour and tribute to him and his beliefs. He believed in the power of youth and always suggested it is them who will build this nation and carry it to its glorious future. His teachings, philosophies are followed by millions of people all over the world, making him a popular figure across the globe and we are forever thankful for his contribution to our society. Today, on the occasion of his birthday, we honour his knowledge and the bastion of Indian spirituality that he was.

Swamiji regarded young power as crucial to nation-building and universal fraternity. He saw education as a never-ending process in which all parts of life, including physical, intellectual, emotional, moral, and spiritual, should be absorbed. His contribution to the development of a new modern India has been enormous and significant. To commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, let us revisit his wise and eminent thoughts, philosophies and teachings for our children, students and today’s youth.

Here’s the list of top 25 quotes:

  • “We are what our thoughts have made us; so, take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.”
  • “Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in man.”
  • “Books are infinite in number and time is short. The secret of knowledge is to take what is essential. Take that and try to live up to it.”
  • “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.”
  • “If you ever feel afraid of anything, always turn around and face it. Never think of running away.”
  • “The power of concentration is the only key to the treasure-house of knowledge.”
  • “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.”
  • “Be a hero. Always say, I have no fear.”
  • “Arise and awake, for the time is passing & all our energies will be frittered away in vain talking. Arise and awake, let minor things and quarrels over little details and fights over little doctrines be thrown aside, for here is the greatest of all works, here are the sinking millions…. And first of all, work it out for your own country.”
  •  “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.”

  •  “Take risks in your life, if you win, you can lead! If you lose, you can guide!”
  •  “All know their own Self, all know, “I am”, even animals. All we know is the projection of the Self. Teach this to the children, they can grasp it.”
  •  “We want that education by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded, and by which one can stand on one’s own feet.”
  •  “Talk to yourself once in a day, otherwise, you may miss meeting an excellent person in this world.”
  •  “Do not lower your goals to the level of your abilities. Instead, raise your abilities to the height of your goals.”
  •  “In a conflict between the heart and the brain, follow your heart.”
  •  “All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who we have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.”
  •  “You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.”
  •  “Learn everything good from others but bring it in, and in your own way absorb it; do not become others.”
  •  “In a day, when you don’t come across any problems – you can be sure that you are travelling on a wrong path.”
  • “Believe in yourself and the world will be at your feet.”
  •  “There is no limit to the power of the human mind. The more concentrated it is, the more power is brought to bear on one point.”
  •  “If the mountain does not come to Mohammed, Mohammed must go to the mountain. If the poor cannot come to education, education must reach them at the plough, in the factory, everywhere.”
  •  “The powers of the mind are like the rays of the sun when they are concentrated, they illumine.”
  •  “To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will. “I will drink the ocean.” says the persevering soul, “At my will mountains will crumble up.” Have that sort of energy, that sort of will, work hard, and you will reach the goal.”

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