10 inspiring quotes by Swami Vivekananda

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Swami Vivekananda has inspired millions around the world with his inspirational words. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid a tribute to Swami Vivekananda on his 153rd birth anniversary on January 12, 2016, a day which is also observed as the National youth Day. Here are 10 quotes by the visionary that create a positive impact even today.

  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.
  2. We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.
  3. You must have an iron will, if you would cross the ocean. You must be strong enough to pierce the mountains.
  4. 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.
  5. You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.
  6. Arise, awake, and do not stop until the goal is reached.
  7. All the powers in the universe are alreasy ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.
  8. Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.
  9. Condemn none; if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way.
  10. The Christian is not to become a Hindu or a Buddhist, nor a Hindu or a Buddhist to become a Christian. But each must assimilate the spirit of the others and yet preserve his individuality and grow according to his own law of growth.

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