Arise,awake,stop not until your goal is achieved.
Pay particular attention to your health, but too much coddling of the body will, on the contrary, also spoil the health.
Say, "I can do everything ." "Even if poison of a snake is powerless if you can firmly deny it."
Real freedom is not merely doing what you like, but also NOT doing what you like.
Be moral. Be brave. Be a heart-whole man, strictly moral, brave unto desperation. Don't bother your head with religious theories. Cowards only sin, brave men never, no, not even in mind.
Anything that brings spiritual, mental, or physical weakness, touch it not with the toes of your feet.
Excessive attention to the minutiae of astrology is one of the superstitions which has hurt the Hindus very much.
Always keep the mind cheerful. Everyone will die once. Cowards suffer the pangs of death again and again, solely due to the fear in their own minds.
The remedy for weakness is not brooding over weakness, but thinking of strength.
Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.
So long as even a single dog in my country is without food, my whole religion will be to feed it.
Never say NO, Never say, 'I cannot', for you are INFINITE. All the power is WITHIN you. You can do anything.
Learn Everything that is Good from Others, but bring it in, and in your own way absorb it; do not become others.
The only religion that ought to be taught is the religion of fearlessness. Either in this world or in the world of religion, it is true that fear is the sure cause of degradation and sin. It is fear that brings misery, fear that brings death, fear that breeds evil. And what causes fear? Ignorance of our own nature.
Do not lower your goals to the level of your abilities. Instead, raise your abilities to the height of your goals.
The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him - that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free.
Every idea that strengthens you must be taken up and every thought that weakens you must be rejected.
Despondency is not religion, whatever else it may be.
Wherever there is evil and wherever there is ignorance and want of knowledge, I have found out by experience that all evil comes, as our scriptures say, relying upon differences, and that all good comes from faith in equality, in the underlying sameness and oneness of things. This is the great Vedantic ideal.
For a warrior, nothing is higher than a war against evil. The warrior confronted with such a war should be pleased, Arjuna, for it comes as an open gate to heaven. But if you do not participate in this battle against evil, you will incur sin, violating your dharma and your honor.
Know that all sins and all evils can be summed up in that one word, weakness. It is weakness that is the motive power in all evil doing; it is weakness that makes men injure others; it is weakness that makes them manifest what they are not in reality. Let them know what they really are.....
Then from the world all spirituality will be extinct, all moral perfection will be extinct, all sweet-souled sympathy for religion will be extinct, all ideality will be extinct; and in its place will reign the duality of lust and luxury as the male and female deities, with money as its priest, fraud, force, and competition its ceremonies, and the human soul its sacrifice. Such a thing can never be.
Man, therefore, according to the Vedanta philosophy, is the greatest being that is in the universe.
Give up all desire for enjoyment in earth or heaven. Control the organs of the senses and control the mind. Bear every misery without even knowing that you are miserable. Think of nothing but spiritual freedom.
Desire, ignorance, and inequality-this is the trinity of bondage.
All these ideas such as astrology, although there may be a grain of truth in them, should be avoided.
This is the line of life, this is the line of growth, and this is the line of well-being in India - to follow the track of religion.
Just as the body has its progress and decadence, so also has the mind, and, therefore, the mind is not the soul, because the soul can neither decay nor degenerate.
Principles must conquer in the long run, for that is the manhood of man.
Man dies but once. My disciples must not be cowards.
Ahimsa (non-killing), truthfulness, purity, mercy, and godliness are always to be kept.
All great undertakings are achieved through mighty obstacles. Keep up the deepest mental poise. Take not even the slightest notice of what puerile creatures may be saying against you.
This is no world. It is God Himself. In delusion we call it world.
Man is the nearest approach to Brahman.
I hate cowardice; I will have nothing to do with cowards or political nonsense.
Religion and religion alone is the life of India, and when that goes India will die, in spite of politics, in spite of social reforms, in spite of Kubera's wealth poured upon the head of every one of her children.
Take any path you like; follow any prophet you like; but have only that method which suits your own nature, so that you will be sure to progress.
Those who work at a thing heart and soul not only achieve success in it but through their absorption in that they also realize the supreme truth-Brahman. Those who work at a thing with their whole heart receive help from God.
Let there be as little materialism as possible, with the maximum of spirituality.
Strength and manliness are virtue; weakness and cowardice are sin.