15 Powerful Quotes by Swami Vivekananda

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“In a day, when you don’t come across any problems – you can be sure that you are travelling in a wrong path.”

“The greatest sin is to think of yourself as weak.”

“We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.”

“Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvellous work. It is fearlessness that brings heaven even in a moment.”

“Learn everything that is good from others, but bring it in, and in your own way absorb it; do not become others.”

“We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our own past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in the future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act.”

“Each work has to pass through these stages—ridicule, opposition, and then acceptance. Those who think ahead of their time are sure to be misunderstood.”

“Whatever you think, you will become; if you think yourself weak, weak you will be. If you think yourself strong, strong you will be.”

“We reap what we sow and that makes us the makers of our own fate.  When the wind is blowing, those vessels whose sails are unfurled catch it and go forward on their way but those which have their sails furled do not catch the wind and remain where they are. Is that the fault of the wind? We make our own destiny.”

“Believe in yourself and the world will be at your feet.”

“Things do not grow better; they remain as they are. It is we who grow better by the changes we make in ourselves.”

“He who struggles is better than he who never attempts.”

“People laugh at me because I am different;
I laugh at people cause the are all the same.”

“It is a very hard thing to understand but you will come to learn in time that nothing in the universe has power over you until you allow it to exercise such a power.”

“Talk to yourself at least once in a day otherwise you may miss meeting with an EXCELLENT person in this world.”

“Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvellous work. It is fear that is the great cause of misery in the world. It is fear that is the greatest of all superstitions. It is fear that is the cause of all our woes, and it is fearlessness that brings heaven even in a moment. Therefore, “arise, awake and stop not until the goal is reached.”


Note : Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) was an Indian Hindu monk and a key figure in the introduction of Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the western world. He was one of the most influential philosophers and social reformers in his contemporary India and the most successful and influential missionaries of Vedanta to the Western world. Indian Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore had suggested to study the works of Vivekananda to understand India. He also told, in Vivekananda there was nothing negative, but everything positive. To know more about Swami Vivekananda, click here.

10 Powerful Inspirational Quotes

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The Pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The Optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.

It’s not important whether you were knocked down. What is important is ‘Did you get up?’

The greatest courage is to bear defeat without losing heart.

You need a heart to dream and a mind to set new goals. Your age has nothing to do with it.

You will have a strong Destiny if you follow the three Ds religiously in whatever you do- Discipline, Dedication, and Determination.

Life does not fail you. You fail life by not responding to the continuous opportunities that it offers to you.

If you imagine yourself as a Failure, you are bound to fail. But if you start with success in mind, you might achieve it or not but you will have a successful journey in pursuit of your Goal.

You might have failed in the past but it has no power to stop you from achieving success in the future. Only you have to decide and begin your every day with new vigour, determination and more resilience to achieve your goal.

Every problem in your life is an opportunity for you to build a new and better life, be it relationship, health, work or business.

Remember, at some stage in your life you will face hard times. Hard time will make you humble, grateful, respectful for money and time, value friendship, fight your own battle and endure pain. It is the process to make you ready to embrace success and happiness.

15 Powerful Life Changing Quotes By Paulo Coelho

Donuts with chocolates and muffins indicating dreams and success.

“At a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.”

“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.”

“Life has a way of testing a person’s will, either by letting nothing happen at all or by letting everything happen at once.”

“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”

“Do something instead of killing time because time is killing you.”

“Sometimes, we are so attached to our way of life that we turn down wonderful opportunities simply because we don’t know what to do with it.”

“When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.”

“Close some doors today, Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they lead you nowhere.”

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

“Don’t explain. Your friends do not need it, and your enemies will not believe you.” 

“If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.”

“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”

“Life really is generous to those who pursue their destiny.” 

“Our true friends are those who are with us when the good things happen. They cheer us on and are pleased by our triumphs. False friends only appear at difficult times, with their sad, supportive faces, when, in fact, our suffering is serving to console them for their miserable lives.”

“When I had nothing more to lose, I was given everything. When I ceased to be who I am, I found myself. When I experienced humiliation and yet kept on walking, I understood that I was free to choose my destiny.”

Note : All quotes are by author Paulo Coelho