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Be brave! Be strong! Be fearless! Once you have taken up the spiritual life, fight as long as there is any life in you. Even though you know you are going to be killed, fight till you ‘are killed.’ Don’t die of fright. Die fighting. Don’t go down till you are knocked down.

— Swami Vivekananda

God is to be worshipped as the one beloved, dearer than everything in this and next life.

— Swami Vivekananda

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.

— Gautama Buddha

We become pitiable and ridiculous when we imbibe an unreasoned mysticism in our life without any natural or substantial basis. People like us, who are proud to be revolutionary in every sense, should always be prepared to bear all the difficulties, anxieties, pain and suffering which we invite upon ourselves by the struggles initiated by us and for which we call ourselves revolutionary.

— Bhagat Singh

I am persuaded that a leader is not made in one life. He has to be born for it. For the difficulty is not in organisation and making plans; the test, the real test, of the leader, lies in holding widely different people together along the line of their common sympathies. And this can only be done unconsciously, never by trying.

— Swami Vivekananda

I emphasize that I am full of ambition and hope and of full charm of life. But I can renounce all at the time of need, and that is the real sacrifice.

— Bhagat Singh

Constant development is the law of life and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas in order to appear consistent drives himself into a false position.

— Mahatma Gandhi

The aim of life is no more to control the mind, but to develop it harmoniously; not to achieve salvation here after, but to make the best use of it here below; and not to realise truth, beauty and good only in contemplation, but also in the actual experience of daily life; social progress depends not upon the ennoblement of the few but on the enrichment of democracy; universal brotherhood can be achieved only when there is an equality of opportunity – of opportunity in the social, political and individual life.

— Bhagat Singh

According to the law of nature, wherever there is an awakening of a new and stronger life, there it tries to conquer and take the place of the old and the decaying. Nature favours the dying out of the unfit and the survival of the fittest. The final result of such conflict between the priestly and the other classes has been mentioned already.

— Swami Vivekananda

This life is a tremendous assertion of freedom

— Swami Vivekananda

All that moves will exhaust itself. Only that which is still, is for always. Meditation is essentially to move towards that stillness, to become like the core of existence.

— Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.

— Gautama Buddha

Work unto death! I am with you, and when I am gone, my spirit will work with you. This life comes and goes; wealth, fame, enjoyments are only of a few days. It is better, far better to die on the field of duty, preaching the truth, than to die like a worldly worm. Advance!

— Swami Vivekananda

To the other nations of the world, religion is one among the many occupations of life. There is politics, there are the enjoyments of social life, there is all that wealth can buy or power can bring, there is all that the senses can enjoy; and among all these various occupations of life and all this searching after something which can give yet a little more whetting to the cloyed senses – among all these, there is perhaps a little bit of religion. But here, in India, religion is the one and the only occupation of life.

— Swami Vivekananda

Activity and rest are two vital aspects of life. To find a balance in them is a skill in itself. Wisdom is knowing when to have rest, when to have activity, and how much of each to have. Finding them in each other – activity in rest and rest in activity – is the ultimate freedom.

— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

My ideal, indeed, can be put into a few words, and that is: to preach unto mankind their divinity, and how to make it manifest in every movement of life.

— Swami Vivekananda

And because I love this life I know I shall love death as well. The child cries out when From the right breast the mother Takes it away, in the very next moment To Find in the left one Its consolation.

— Rabindranath Tagore

Those whose only aim is to barter the energies of life for gold, or name, or any other enjoyment; those to whom the tramp of embattled cohorts is the only manifestation of power; those to whom the enjoyment of the senses is the only bliss that life c

— Swami Vivekananda

life is a ball we should play with it !

— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Everything that can weaken us as a race we have had for the last thousand years. It seems as if during that period the national life had this one end in view, viz how to make us weaker and weaker, till we have become real earthworms, crawling at the feet of every one who dares to put his foot on us. Therefore my friends, as one of your blood, as one that lives and dies with you, let me tell you that we want strength, strength, and every time strength.

— Swami Vivekananda

This is a great fact: strength is life; weakness is death. Strength is felicity, life eternal, immortal; weakness is constant strain and misery, weakness is death.

— Swami Vivekananda

Life is pain

— Gautama Buddha

We want Shraddhâ, we want faith in our own selves. Strength is life, weakness is death. ‘We are the Âtman, deathless and free; pure, pure by nature. Can we ever commit any sin? Impossible!’ – such a faith is needed. Such a faith makes men of us, makes gods of us. It is by losing this idea of Shraddha that the country has gone to ruin.

— Swami Vivekananda

Religion is more than life. Remember that his own religion is the truest to every man even if it stands low in the scales of philosophical comparison.

— Mahatma Gandhi

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.

— Swami Vivekananda

Freedom is never dear at any price. It is the breath of life. What would a man not pay for living?

— Mahatma Gandhi

When I Asked God for Strength He Gave Me Difficult Situations to Face When I Asked God for Brain & Brawn He Gave Me Puzzles in Life to Solve When I Asked God for Happiness He Showed Me Some Unhappy People When I Asked God for Wealth He Showed Me How to Work Hard When I Asked God for Favors He Showed Me Opportunities to Work Hard When I Asked God for Peace He Showed Me How to Help Others God Gave Me Nothing I Wanted He Gave Me Everything I Needed.

— Swami Vivekananda

Just ask yourself – what do you really want of life? That is the direction you should go.

— Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

Rule your mind or it will rule you.

— Gautama Buddha

Let me not look for allies in life’s battlefield,But to my own strength. Let me not crave in anxious fear to be saved,But for the patience to win my freedom.

— Rabindranath Tagore

When the Aggregates arise, decay and die, O bhikkhu, every moment you are born, decay, and die.

— Gautama Buddha

We all cried when we came into this planet, but it is important, that at least when we go, we are happy and smiling. Do not have regrets in life. You should feel that, ‘I have done what I had to do, and whenever the time to leave this body comes, I will die happily’.

— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

The chief helps in this liberation are Abhyasa and Vairagya. Vairagya is non – attachment to life, because it is the will to enjoy that brings all this bondage in its train; and Abhyasa is constant practice of any one of the Yogas.

— Swami Vivekananda

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.

— Rabindranath Tagore

We have seen that our vigour, our strength, nay, our national life is in our religion.

— Swami Vivekananda

Just as a line drawn on water with a stick will quickly vanish and will not last long; even so is human life like a line drawn on water. It is short, limited, and brief; it is full of suffering, full of tribulation. This one should wisely understand, one should do good and live a pure life; for none who is born can escape death.

— Gautama Buddha

If you gain a little more mastery over your mind, body, and life energies, you can become the master of your destiny.

— Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

You need to see your life in context of time and space — how vast creation is, how big the universe is and how small your life is, relative

— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Sometimes it’s better to be kind than to be right. We do not need an intelligent mind that speaks, but a patient heart that listens. You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.

— Gautama Buddha

When things go wrong in life, that is when it shows who you are. When things go well, everyone can pretend to be fantastic.

— Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.

— Rabindranath Tagore

Though one should live a hundred years without wisdom and control, yet better, indeed, is a single day’s life of one who is wise and meditative.

— Gautama Buddha

Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Suffering follows an evil thought as the wheels of a cart follow the oxen that draws it.
Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves.

— Gautama Buddha

The forms have value only so far as they are expressions of the life within. If they have ceased to express life, crush them out without mercy.

— Swami Vivekananda

Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.

— Gautama Buddha

Faith, sympathy – fiery faith and fiery sympathy! Life is nothing, death is nothing, hunger nothing, cold nothing. Glory unto the Lord – march on, the Lord is our General. Do not look back to see who falls – forward – onward! Thus and thus we shall go on, brethren. One falls, and another takes up the work

— Swami Vivekananda

Let everyone try and find that as a result of daily prayer he adds something new to his life, something with which nothing can be compared.

— Mahatma Gandhi

‘I do not want to get material life, do not want the sense-life, but something higher.’ That is renunciation. Then, by the power of meditation, undo the mischief that has been done.

— Swami Vivekananda

Life without death and happiness without misery are contradiction and neither can be found alone, because each of them is a different manifestation of the same thing.

— Swami Vivekananda

Prana, according to the Vedanta, is the principle of life. It is like ether, an omnipresent principle; and all motion, either in the body or anywhere else, is the work of this Prana. It is greater than Akasha, and through it everything lives. Prana is in the mother, in the father, in the sister, in the teacher, Prana is the knower.

— Swami Vivekananda
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