Our duty is to encourage every one in his
struggle to live up to his own highest idea,
and strive at the same time to make the
ideal as near as possible to the Truth.
All the strength and succor you want is
within yourself. Therefore make your own future.
Stand up, be bold, be strong. Take the whole
responsibility on your own shoulders, and
know that you are the creator of your own destiny.
All knowledge that the world has ever
received comes from the mind; the infinite
library of the universe is in our own mind.
We must have friendship for all; we must
be merciful toward those that are in misery;
when people are happy, we ought to be happy;
and to the wicked we must be indifferent.
We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate.
None else has the blame, none has the praise.
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?
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.
When once you consider an action,
do not let anything dissuade you. Consult
your heart, not others, and then follow its dictates.
That is what I have understood from Christianity and the life of Jesus.
Where God is, there is no other.
Where the world is, there is no God.
These two will never unite.
Like light and darkness.
Work on with the intrepidity of a lion but
at the same time with the tenderness of a flower.
Work and worship are necessary to take
away the veil, to lift off the bondage and illusion.
It is better, far better, to die on the
field of duty, preaching the truth,
than to die like a worldly worm. Advance!
Work unto deathâ€”I am with you, and
when I am gone, my spirit will work with you.
Worship of society and popular opinions is idolatry.
The soul has no sex, no country, no place, no time.
You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.
Excessive merriment will always be followed by sorrow.
Tears and laughter are near kin.
You must avoid excessive merriment.
A mind in that state never becomes calm; it becomes fickle.
People so often run from one extreme to the other.
The real working force of all great work
is in its almost unperceived beginnings.
Wait with patience and love and strength.
If helpers are not ready now, they will come in time.
Why should we be in a hurry?
Your Atman is the support of the
universeâ€”whose support do you stand in need of?
If what we are now has been the result of
our own past actions, it certainly follows
that whatever we wish to be in future can be produced
by our present actions; so we have to know how to act
We are responsible for what we are,
and whatever we wish ourselves to be,
we have the power to make ourselves.