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  • I shall inspire men everywhere until the world shall know that it is one with God.

  • Man never progresses from error to truth, but from truth to truth, from lesser truth to higher truth.

  • Spiritual knowledge is the only thing that can destroy our miseries forever.

  • He who has no faith in himself can never have faith in God.

  • What, seekest thou the pleasures of the world! He is the fountain of all Bliss.

  • Sympathy for the poor, the downtrodden, even unto death-this is our motto.

  • Great convictions are the mothers of great deeds.

  • What India wants is a new electric fire to stir up a fresh vigour in the national veins.

  • The greatest truths are the simplest things in the world, simple as your own existence.

  • It is fear that is the great cause of our woes.

  • Doing good to others is virtue, injuring others is sin. '

  • Strength and manliness are virtues; weakness and cowardice are sins.

  • Independence is virtue; hating others is sin. Faith tn God. and in one's own self is virtue; doubt is sin .

  • Knowledge of oneness is virtue; seeking diversity is sin.

  • Give me few men .and women who are pure and selfless, and I shall shake the world.

  • He who loves lives, he who is selfish is dying. Therefore, love for love's sake.

  • Any expansion is life, all contraction is death .

  • He works best who works without any motive ..

  • I consider that the great national sin is the neglect of the masses and that is one of the causes of our downfall.

  • If you think yourselves weak, weak you will be; if you. think yourselves strong, strong you will be,

  • What I want is muscles of iron and nerves of steel, inside which dwells a mind of the same material as that of which the thunderbolt is made.

  • Love is the gate of all the secrets of the universe.

  • Unselfishness is more paying, only people have not the patience to practise.

  • Look not back, no, not even if you see the dearest and nearest cry. Look not back, but forward.

  • Let us all work hard, my brethren, this is no time for sleep. On our work depends the coming of the India of the future.

  • I do not care of liberation, I would rather go to a hundred thousand hells, "doing good to others (silently) like the spring" - this my religion.

  • Shall India die? Then from the world all spirituality will be extinct; all moral perfection will be extinct...such a thing can never be.

  • Faith, faith, faith in ourselves, faith, faith in God-this is the secret of greatness.

  • They alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive.

  • Truth is purity, Truth is all knowledge. Truth must be strengthening, must be enlightening, must be invigorating.

  • Save yourself by yourself! There is none to help your-never was, to think that there is, is a sweet delusion.

  • Stand up, be bold, be strong. Take the whole responsibility on your shoulders.

  • All the strength and succour you want is within yourselves. Therefore make your own future.

  • Service to humanity is the highest form of worship.

  • The goal of mankind is knowledge.

  • It is better, far better to die on the field of duty, preaching the Truth, than to die like a worldly worm.

  • tfthere is sin, this is the only sin, to say that you are weak, or others are weak.

  • Work as if on each of you depended the whole work.

  • Duty is sweet only through Love.

  • The Indian nation can not be killed, so Long as her peopLe do not give up their spirituality.

  • Space is in the souL and not the soul in space. Do not look back upon what has been done. Go ahead!

  • Men, men, these are wanted; everything eLse will be ready.

  • Go from vilLage to vilLage, do good to humanity and to the world at Large.

  • Go to heLL yourseLf to buy saLvation for others.

  • Death being so certain it is better to die for a good cause.

  • Cowards onLy sin, brave men never, no, not even in mind.

  • The universe is objectified God.

  • Man shouLd be taught to be practicaL and physically strong. A dozen of such Lions will conquer the world, and not millions of sheep can do so.

  • To be good and do good - that is the whole of religion.

  • It is a privilege to serve mankind, for this is the worship of God.

  • Pay as much attention to the means as to the end.

  • Every duty is holy and devotion to duty is the highest form of the worship of God.

  • The remedy for weakness is not brooding over weakness, but thinking of strength.

  • You can not believe in God until you believe in yourself.

  • The difference between God and devil is in nothing except in unselfishness and seLfishness.

  • He who sees Shiva in the poor, in the weak, and in the diseased, really worships Shiva.

  • The nationaL ideals of India are RENUNCIATION AND SERVICE. Intensify her in these channels, andthe rest wilL take care of itseLf.

  • Each souL is potentially divine.

  • So Long as millions live in hunger and ignorance, I hold every man a traitor, who, having been educated at their expense, pays not the Least heed to them.

  • Religion is realization; not talk, no doctrine, nor theories, however beautifuL they may be. It is being and becoming.

  • Perfection comes through the disinterested performance of action.

  • That" Love which is perfectly unseLfish, is the onLy love, and that is of God.

  • Let New India a rise-out of the peasants' cottage, grasping the pLough; out of the huts of the fisherman, the cobbler, and the sweeper.

  • Death is better than a vegetating ignorant life; it is better to die on the battlefieLd than to live a life of defeat.

  • This world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.

  • Real education is that which enables one to stand on his own Legs.

  • Utter no words of condemnation. Close your lips, and let your hearts open.

  • He who adjusts himself best lives the longest.

  • That which is selfish is immoral, and that which is unselfish is moral.

  • It is better to wear out than to rust out specially for the sake of doing good to others.

  • He is an atheist who does not believe in himself.

  • Knowledge is nothing but finding unity in the midst of diversity.

  • Purity, patience and perseverance are the three essentials of success and above all Love.

  • Religion is the idea which is raising the brute unto man, and man unto God.

  • What the nation wants is pluck and scientific genius. We want great spirit, tremendous energy, and boundless enthusiasm.

  • The only service to be done for our lower classes is to give them education, to develop their lost individuality.

  • Even thinking of the least good of others gradually instills into the heart, the strength of a lion.

  • Him I call a Mahatman whose heart bleeds for the poor; otherwise he is a Duratman.

  • India will be raised, not with the power of the flesh, but with the power of the spirit.

  • What we want is vigour in the blood, strength in the nerves, iron muscles and nerves of steel, not softening namby-pamby wor:ds.

  • I bequea_th to you, young men, this sympathy, this struggle for the poor, the ignorant, the oppressed.

  • Anything that makes you weak physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject as poison.

  • Off at once, to lay down your life for your own liberation and for the good of others.

  • India wants the sacrifice of at least a thousand of her young men-men and not brutes.

  • Truth alone gives strength .... strength is the medicine for the world's disease.

  • To work without motive, to work unattached, brings the highest bliss and freedom.

  • The older I grow, the more everything seems to me to lie in manliness.

  • Give up jealousy and conceit. Learn to work unitedly for others.

  • The only God to worship is the human soul in the human body.

  • It is struggle against nature and not confinity to nature that makes man what he is.

  • Whatever you think, that you become. If you have to think, think good thoughts, great thoughts.

  • Even as an intellectual study, the study of Vedanta is the healthiest.

  • When a man has begun to be ashamed of his ancestors, the end has come.

  • The world is in need of those whose life is one of burning love, selfless.

  • Arise! Awake! And stop not till the goal is reached.

  • Men are more valuable than all the wealth' of the world.

  • The concentrated mind is a lamp that shows us every corner of the soul.

  • Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in man.

  • Religion is the manifestation of the Divinity already in man.

  • What is the watch-word of all ethical codes? 'Not I, but thou'.

  • That action is moral which frees us from the bondage of matter.

  • The happiest moments we ever know are when we entirely forget ourselves.

  • Cleanse the mind, this is all of religion.

  • Read man, he is the living poem.

  • If your freedom hurts others, you are not free there.

  • He who struggles is better than he who never attempts.

  • Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles.

  • The history of civilization is the progressive reading of spirit into matter.

  • All knowledge depends upon calmness of mind.

  • The eternal law is self·sacrifice, not self-assertion.

  • Inspiration is much higher than reason but it must not contradict it.

  • Give as the rose gives perfume, because it is its own nature, utterly unconscious of giving.

  • Books are useless to us until our own book opens.

  • The world is a gymnasium in which we play; our life is an eternal holiday.

  • Choose the highest ideal and live your life upto that. Look at the 'ocean' and not at the 'wave'.

  • All condemnation of others really condemns ourselves.

  • Experience is the only teacher.

  • This is the only world where man can work out his salvation.

  • The greatest sin is to think yourself weak.

  • Instinct is like ice, reason is the water, and inspiration is the subtlest form of vapour.

  • Do not spend your energy in talking, but meditate in silence.

  • The whole ocean is present at the back of each wave.

  • Melancholy is an almost insurmountable barrier.

  • Seek the science of the maker, and not that of the made.

  • Guess against the guess makes fight.

  • Do not be mere white mice in a treadmill, working always and never accomplishing anything.

  • Only those who want nothing are the masters of nature.

  • Put God behind everything-man, animal, food, work; make this a habit.

  • No man should be judged by his defects.

  • A perfect man's body mechanically does right.

  • Bear every misery without even knowing that you are miserable.

  • The tyrannical idea of duty is a terrible poison and is destroying the world.

  • Come to God any way you can; only come.

  • But in coming do not push anyone down.

  • The sum total of all ideas of help is God.

  • He alone, who is always awake to the idea of freedom, becomes free.

  • In eating, dressing or lying. In singing or playing, in enjoyment or disease, always manifest the highest moral courage.

  • Truth does not pay homage to society, society has to pay homage to Truth or die.

  • Art, Science, and Religion are but three different ways of expressing a single truth.

  • There is nothing holier in the world than to keep good company.

  • Every being is the temple of the Most High.

  • Be brave and be sincere; then follow the path with devotion and you must reach the Lord.

  • Religion begins where philosophy ends.

  • Every great achievement is done slowly.

  • Art is-representing the beautiful. There must be Art in everything.

  • Our misery comes, not from work, but by our getting attached to something.

  • One atom has the power of the whole universe at its back.

  • Blows are what awaken us and help to break the dream.

  • The thirst after body is the great bane of human life.

  • A golden chain is as much a chain as an iron one.

  • Desire, ignorance and inequality-this is the trinity of bondage.

  • The cause of today is the effect of the past and the cause for the future.

  • Character is repeated habits, and repeated habits alone can reform character.

  • It is character that cleaves its way through adamantine walls of difficulties.

  • My method of work is to construct and not pull down.

  • Chastity is the corner-stone of all morality and of all religion. No civilization can grow unless fanaticism, bloodshed, and brutality stop.

  • True civilization should mean the power of taking the animal-man out of his sense-life.

  • There is no greater sin than cowardice; cowards are never saved-that is sure.

  • It is spiritual culture and ethical culture alone that can change wrong racial tendencies for the better.

  • It is the duty of every aristocracy to dig its own grave; and the sooner it does so, the better for all.

  • Unto him comes everything who does not care for anything.

  • Dirt cannot wash dirt, hate cannot cure hate.

  • Before reaching the highest ideal, man's duty is to resist evil; let him work, let him fight, let him strike straight from the shoulder.

  • Our duty is to encourage everyone in his struggle to live up to his own highest ideal, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the truth.

  • Education is not the amount of information that is put into your brain and runs riot there, undigested, all your life.

  • It is man-making education all round that we want.

  • 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.

  • That action is moral which frees us from the bondage of matter.

  • If the poor cannot come to education, education must reach them, at the plough, in the factory, everywhere.

  • One particle of matter has all the energy of the universe at its back.

  • Enjoyment lies not in physical development, but in the culture of the mind and the intellect.

  • No privileges for anyone, equal chances for all; let everyone work out his own salvation.

  • Chastity is the first virtue in man or woman. This is the way to perfection, to strive to be perfect, and to strive to make perfect a few men and women.

  • We need to have three things; the heart to feel, the brain to conceive, the hand to work.

  • We want infinite energy, infinite zeal, infinite courage, and infinite patience, then only will great things be achieved.

  • Infinite patience, infinite purity and infinite perseverance are the secret of success in a good cause.

  • The cause of evil is our desire to be superior to others and our selfishness.

  • This disease of fanaticism is one of the most dangerous of all diseases.

  • The only religion that ought to be taught is the religion of fearlessness.

  • When the heart has been purified, into that heart will come the love of God.

  • It is preferable to live on grass for the sake of doing good to others.

  • The power of love is infinitely of greater potency than the power of hatred.

  • It is hatred that separates man from man, therefore it is wrong and false.

  • If we cannot bel:p ourselves, there is none to hetp us.

  • In helpi-ng the world we really help ourselves,

  • Defeat is the ornament the hero adorns himself with.

  • If a Hindu is not spiritual, I do not caU him a Hindu.

  • The Hindu must not give up his retigion, but must keep religion within its proper limits and give freedom to society to grow.

  • The Hindu religion does not consist in struggles and attempts to believe a certain doctrine or dogma, but in reatizing-snot in believtng, but in being and becoming.

  • Hindus are head and shoulders above all other nations in morality and spirituatity.

  • No religion on earth preaches the dignity of humanity in such a lofty strain as Hinduism.

  • East or We-st, home is best.

  • Humanity travels not from error to truth, but from truth to truth.

  • The real evil is Idleness, which is the principal-cause of our poverty.

  • There is only one country in the world which understands religion. It is India.

  • Religion is the backbone, the bed-rock, the foundation upon which the national edifice has been built.

  • Religion and religion alone is the life of India, and when that goes India will die.

  • Here in India, religion is the one and the only occupation of life.

  • Religion, in India, means realization and nothing short of that.

  • National union in India must be a gathering up of all scattered spiritual force.

  • The gift of India is the gift of religion and philosophy, and wisdom and spirituality.

  • Renunciation and spirituality are the two great ideas of India.

  • India's contribution to the sum total of human knowledge has been spirituality and philosophy.

  • Whether you believe in spirituality or not, for the sake of the national life, you have to get hold on spirituality and keep to it.

  • A nation in India must be a union of those whose hearts beat to the same spiritual tune.

  • No amount of politics would be of any avail until the masses in India are once more well- educated, well-fed and well-cared for.

  • India must conquer the world, and nothing less than that is my ideal.

  • The ideal woman in India is the mother, the mother first, and the mother last.

  • The world has yet to learn from India the idea not only of toleration, but of sympathy:

  • He who can become mad with an idea, he alone sees light.

  • The leaders of our societies have never been either generals or kings but Rishis.

  • Life is too short to be spent in talking about frauds and cranks.

  • When you give life, you will have life.

  • Multitude counts for nothing. A few hearts- whole, sincere, and energetic men can do more in a year, than a mob in a century.

  • All misery of the world is caused by the slavery to the senses.

  • Everythtng that strengthens the will by revealing the real nature is moral,

  • We can't be twisted and tortured into. the shape of other nations.

  • A nation is advanced tn p-roportion to education and intelligence spread among the masses.

  • In the well-being of one's own-nation is one's own welt-being.

  • He who is overcautious about.hrmsetf fans into dangers at every step,

  • The first of everything shautd gQtCl'the.poor; we have only a right to wnat remains.

  • Even the least work done for ethers, awakens the power within.

  • One ounce of practice is worth a theusand pounds of theory. I The test of progress is' the amount of renunclatton that. one has attained.

  • Purity in thought; speech and. act is absolutely necessary for anyone to. be religious.

  • Work-thfs is the time; for the freshest, the untouched, and unsmelled ftowers alone are to be latd at the feet of the Lord.

  • It is reason that develops into inspiration and therefore inspiration does not contradict reason but fulfils it.

  • Meddle not with so-called social reform, for, there cannot be any reform without spiritual reform first.

  • It is life to do good; it is death not to do good to others.

  • Science and religion will meet and shake hands.

  • It is an tnsult to a starving people to offer them religion.

  • If a religion cannot help man wherever he may be, wherever he stands, it is not of much use.

  • The goal of all religions is the same but the language of the teachers differs.

  • The man who is frightened into religion has no religion at all.

  • The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature.

  • Religion is realization; not talk, nor doctrine, nor theories, however beautiful they may be.

  • All that man has to do is to take care of three things; good thought, good word, good deed.

  • Sanskrit and prestige go together in India. The Lord has hidden Himself best and His work is best; he who hides himself best, accomplishes most.

  • Self-sacrifice, indeed, is the basis of all civilization.

  • Blessed are they whose bodies get destroyed in the service of others.

  • What makes one man great and another weak and low is Sraddha.

  • Spirit speaks unto spirit in silence and yet in most unmistakable language.

  • He alone is a sinner who sees a sinner in another man.

  • Slave of the body, slave of the mind, slave of the world, slave of a good word, slave of a bad word, slave of passion, slave of happiness, slave of life, slave of death, slave of everything, this slavery has to be broken.

  • Slave wants power to make slaves.

  • That society is the greatest where the highest truths become practical.

  • Being of one mind is the secret of society. Our solution is renunciation, giving up, fearlessness, and love, these are the fittest to survive.

  • No other ideal can put into us the same mass of energy as the spiritual.

  • We must keep a firm hold on spirituality, that inestimable gift handed down to us by our ancient forefathers.-

  • The best guide i~ life- is strength.

  • What this world wants today, more than it ever did before, is strength.

  • The degree of unselfishness marks the degree of success everywhere.

  • The great task is to revive the whole man, as it were, in order to make him the complete master of himself.

  • Whatever we shall be in the future will be the result of what we think and do now.

  • The world is waiting for this grand idea of universal toleration.

  • The whole idea of human life can be put into that one word, unselfishness.

  • The perfectly unselfish man is the most successful.

  • Whatever retards the onward progress or helps the downward fall is vice; whichever helps in coming up and becoming harmonized is virtue.



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