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Vivekananda Quotes in English

Life and death are only different expressions
of the same thing looked at from different
standpoints; they are the falling and the rising
of the same wave, and the two form one whole.

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Understanding human nature is the highest knowledge,
and only by knowing it can we know God? It is also a
fact that the knowledge of God is the highest knowledge,
and only by knowing God can we understand human nature

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It is not in the brain but in the heart that the Atman,
possessed of knowledge, power, and activity, has its seat.

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Learning and wisdom are superfluities,
the surface glitter merely, but it is the
heart that is the seat of all power.

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If helpers are not ready now, they will come in time.
Why should we be in a hurry? The real working force
of all great work is in its almost unperceived beginnings.

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Your Atman is the support of the universe—
whose support do you stand in need of?
Wait with patience and love and strength.

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As long as we believe ourselves to be even
the least different from God, fear remains with us;
but when we know ourselves to be the One,
fear goes; of what can we be afraid?

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If you know that you are free, you are free this moment.
This is knowledge, knowledge of freedom.
Freedom is the goal of all nature

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If you think that you are bound, you remain
bound; you make your own bondage.

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Even the greatest fool can accomplish a
task if it were after his or her heart.
But the intelligent ones are those who can
convert every work into one that suits their taste.

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He who loves lives, he who is selfish is dying.
Therefore love for love’s sake, because it is
law of life, just as you breathe to live.

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All love is expansion, all selfishness is contraction.
Love is therefore the only law of life.

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Everything in the world is good, is holy and beautiful.
If you see something evil, think that you do not understand
it in the right light. Throw the burden on yourselves!

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First, believe in this world, that
there is meaning behind everything.

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It is our own mental attitude which
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.

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That love will make every word tell like
a thunderbolt. Aware, awake, great souls!
The world is burning in misery. Can you sleep?

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What the world wants is character.
The world is in need of those whose
life is one burning love—selfless.

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Who will go? Why should one fear? If this is true,
what else could matter? If it is not true, what do our lives matter?

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What the world wants today is twenty men and
women who can dare to stand in the street yonder
and say that they possess nothing but God.

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When we come to nonattachment, then we can
understand the marvelous mystery of the universe:
how it is intense activity and at the same time intense
peace, how it is work every moment and rest every moment.

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The same phenomena will remain but with a new meaning.

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When we have become free, we need not go mad and
throw up society and rush off to die in the forest
or the cave; we shall remain where we were but
we shall understand the whole thing.

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Whose meditation is real and effective?
Who can really surrender to the will of God?
Only the person whose mind has been purified by selfless work.

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It is better, far better, to die on the field
of duty, preaching the truth, than to die
like a worldly worm. Advance!

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This life comes and goes—wealth, fame,
enjoyments are only of a few days.

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Work unto death—I am with you, and
when I am gone, my spirit will work with you.

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