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A man ought to live in this world like a lotus leaf, which grows in water but is never moistened by water; so a man ought to live in the world – his heart to God and his hands to work.

— Swami Vivekananda

I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world.

— Mahatma Gandhi

one moment can change a day, one day can change a life and one life can change the world

— Gautama Buddha

The world is a drama, staged in a dream

— Guru Nanak Dev Ji

You know it already that each one of us is the effect of the infinite past; the child is ushered into the world not as something flashing from the hands of nature, as poets delight so much to depict, but he has the burden of an infinite past; for good or evil he comes to work out his own past deeds

— Swami Vivekananda

Most people believe the mind to be a mirror, more or less accurately reflecting the world outside them, not realizing on the contrary that the mind is itself the principal element of creation.

— Rabindranath Tagore

There cannot be two almighty beings in this world. [Imagine having] two or three Gods; one will create the world, another says, ‘I will destroy the world.’ It [can] never happen. There must be one God. The soul attains to perfection; [it becomes] almost omnipotent [and] omniscient. This is the worshipper. Who is the worshipped? He, the Lord God Himself, the Omnipresent, the Omniscient, and so on. And above all, He is Love. How is [the soul] to attain this perfection? By worship.

— Swami Vivekananda

Man is the apex of the only world we can ever know.

— Swami Vivekananda

I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and Non-violence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Say to your own minds, I am He, I am He. Let it ring day and night in your minds like a song, and at the point of death declare : I am He. That is truth; the infinite strength of the world is yours.

— Swami Vivekananda

The history of the world is the history of a few men who had faith in themselves. That faith calls out the divinity within. You can do anything. You fail only when you do not strive sufficiently to manifest infinite power. As soon as a man or a nation loses faith, death comes.

— Swami Vivekananda

There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.

— Mahatma Gandhi

To give up the world is to forget the ego, to know it not at all – living in the body, but not of it.

— Swami Vivekananda

In a gentle way, you can shake the world.

— Mahatma Gandhi

When you came you cried and everybody smiled with joy; when you go smile and let the world cry for you.

— Rabindranath Tagore

If in this hell of a world one can bring a little joy and peace even for a day into the heart of a single person, that much alone is true; this I have learnt after suffering all my life; all else is mere moonshine.

— Swami Vivekananda

Some imaginations help to break the bondage of the rest. The whole universe is imagination, but one set of imaginations will cure another set. Those that tell us that there is sin and sorrow and death in the world are terrible. But the other set – thou art holy, there is God, there is no pain – these are good, and help to break the bondage of the others. The highest imagination that can break all the links of the chain is that of the Personal God.

— Swami Vivekananda

The world is a demon. It is a kingdom of which the puny ego is king. Put it away and stand firm.

— Swami Vivekananda

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.

— Mahatma Gandhi

There are worlds and more worlds below them, and there are a hundred thousand skies over them. No one has been able to find the limits and boundaries of God. If there be any account of God, then alone the mortal can write the same; but God’s account does not finish, and the mortal himself dies while still writing.

— Guru Nanak Dev Ji

Do you have the belief in you to move on, even when the whole world is against you, with swords in their hands?

— Swami Vivekananda

Knowledge is inherent in man; no knowledge comes from outside; it is all inside. We say Newton discovered gravitation. Was it sitting anywhere waiting for him? It was in his own mind; the time came and he found it out. All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind. The external world is simply the suggestion, the occasion, which sets you to study your own mind.

— Swami Vivekananda

Just as the law of gravitation existed before its discovery and would exist if all humanity forgets it, so it is with the laws that govern the spiritual world. The moral, ethical and spiritual relations between soul and soul and between individual spirits and the Father of all spirits were there before their discovery and would remain even if we forget them.

— Swami Vivekananda

Some day I shall sing to thee in the sunrise of some other world, I have seen thee before in the light of the earth, in the love of man.

— Rabindranath Tagore

There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.

— Mahatma Gandhi

It is entirely wrong to think that we have done, or can do, good to the world, or to think that we have helped such and such people. It is a foolish thought, and all foolish thoughts bring misery. We think that we have helped some man and expect him to thank us, and because he does not, unhappiness comes to us. Why should we expect anything in return for what we do? Be grateful to the man you help, think of him as God. Is it not a great privilege to be allowed to worship God by helping our fellow men?

— Swami Vivekananda

The progress of the world through all its evils making it fit for the ideals, slowly but surely.

— Swami Vivekananda

With our thoughts we make the world.

— Gautama Buddha

The brain and muscles must develop simultaneously. Iron nerves with an intelligent brain — and the whole world is at your feet.

— Swami Vivekananda

If one truly wants to be successful, then it’s paramount to learn how to handle and enhance oneself because how we function in the world is subject to various realities, but how we are is 100% in our hands.

— Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

Man’s experience in the world is to enable him to get out of its whirlpool.

— Swami Vivekananda

All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind.

— Swami Vivekananda

We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us.

— Rabindranath Tagore

Plunge into the world, and then, after a time, when you have suffered and enjoyed all that is in it, will renunciation come; then will calmness come. So fulfill your desire for power and everything else, and after you have fulfilled the desire, will come the time when you will know that they are all very little things; but until you have fulfilled this desire, until you have passed through that activity, it is impossible for you to come to the state of calmness, serenity, and self-surrender.

— Swami Vivekananda

A man who was completely innocent offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Violent means will give violent freedom. That would be a menace to the world and to India herself.

— Mahatma Gandhi

This is no world. It is God Himself. In delusion we call it world.

— Swami Vivekananda

There will never be a perfectly good or bad world, because the very idea is a contradiction in terms.

— Swami Vivekananda

Get up, and set your shoulder to the wheel – How long is this life for? As you have come into this world, leave some mark behind. Otherwise, where is the difference between you and the trees and stones? They too come into existence, decay and die.

— Swami Vivekananda

Go on bravely. Do not expect success in a day or a year. Always hold on to the highest. Be steady. Avoid jealousy and selfishness. Be obedient and eternally faithful to the cause of truth, humanity, and your country, and you will move the world.

— Swami Vivekananda

It is the subjective world that rules the objective. Change the subject, and the object is bound to change; purify youreslf, and the world is bound to be purified.

— Swami Vivekananda

As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.

— Mahatma Gandhi

We live in the world when we love it.

— Rabindranath Tagore

Power said to the world, “You are mine.” The world kept it, prisoner, on her throne. Love said to the world, “I am thine.” The world gave it the freedom of her house.

— Rabindranath Tagore

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.

— Swami Vivekananda

I am in the world feeling my way to light ‘amid the encircling gloom.’

— Mahatma Gandhi

It is our own mental attitude which makes the world what it is for us. Our thought make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our own minds. Learn to see things in the proper light.

— Swami Vivekananda

We must be bright and cheerful. Long faces do not make religion. Religion should be the most joyful thing in the world, because it is the best.

— Swami Vivekananda

Even the greatest fool can accomplish a task if it be after his heart. But the intelligent man is he who can convert every work into one that suits his taste. No work is petty. Everything in this world is like a banyan seed, which, though appearing tiny as a mustard seed, has yet the gigantic banyan tree latent with it. He indeed is intelligent who notices this and succeeds in making all work truly great.

— Swami Vivekananda

Give up, renounce the world. Now we are like dogs strayed into a kitchen and eating a piece of meat, looking round in fear lest at any moment some one may come and drive them out. Instead of that, be a king and know you own the world. This never comes until you give it up and it ceases to bind. Give up mentally, if you do not physically. Give up from the heart of your hearts

— 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

It is impossible to think about the welfare of the world unless the condition of women is improved. It is impossible for a bird to fly on only one wing.

— Swami Vivekananda

One atom in this universe cannot move without dragging the whole world along with it. There cannot be any progress without the whole world following in the wake, and it is becoming every day dearer that the solution of any problem can never be attained on racial, or national, or narrow grounds.

— Swami Vivekananda

The gift of knowledge is the highest gift in the world.

— Swami Vivekananda

This is a world of good and evil. Wherever there is good, evil follows, but beyond and behind all these manifestations, all these contradictions, the Vedanta finds out that Unity. It says, ‘Give up what is evil and give up what is good.’ What remains then? Behind good and evil stands something which is yours, the real you, beyond every evil, and beyond every good too, and it is that which is manifesting itself as good and bad. Know that first, and then and then alone you will be a true optimist, and not before; for then you will be able to control everything.

— Swami Vivekananda

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.

— Gautama Buddha

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

— Swami Vivekananda

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.

— Swami Vivekananda

For the good of the many, for the happiness of the many, out of compassion for the world.

— Gautama Buddha

In separateness lies the world’s greatest misery; in compassion lies the world’s true strength.

— Gautama Buddha

Be not afraid , for all great power throughout the history of humanity has been with the people. From out of their ranks have come all the greatest geniuses of the world, and history can only repeat itself. Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvellous work.

— Swami Vivekananda

Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.

— Gautama Buddha

When we really begin to live in the world, then we understand what is meant by brotherhood or mankind, and not before.

— Swami Vivekananda

Form and formless are intertwined in this world. The formless can only be expressed in form and form can only be thought with the formless.

— Swami Vivekananda

Thank God for giving you this world as a moral gymnasium to help your development, but never imagine you can help the world.

— Swami Vivekananda

The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.

— Mahatma Gandhi

The law of sacrifice is uniform throughout the world. To be effective it demands the sacrifice of the bravest and the most spotless.

— Mahatma Gandhi

It is weakness, says the Vedanta, which is the cause of all misery in this world. Weakness is the one cause of suffering. We become miserable because we are weak. We lie, steal, kill and commit other crimes, because we are weak. We die because we are weak. Where there is nothing to weaken us, there is no death nor sorrow. We are miserable through delusion. Give up the delusion and the whole thing vanishes.

— Swami Vivekananda

I have a message for the world, which I will deliver without fear and care for the future. To the reformers I will point out that I am a greater reformer than any one of them. They want to reform only little bits. I want root-and-branch reform.

— Swami Vivekananda

On this basic – being right and doing right the whole world can unite.

— Swami Vivekananda

You nourish your minds by reading books. There is no good in doing that unless you hold it also as a sacrifice to the whole world. For the whole world is one; you are rated a very insignificant part of it, and therefore it is right for you that you should serve your millions of brothers rather than aggrandise this little self

— Swami Vivekananda

beleive in yourself and the world will be at your feet

— Swami Vivekananda

I stand for truth. Truth will never ally itself with falsehood. Even if all the world should be against me, Truth must prevail in the end.

— Swami Vivekananda

Take off the veil of hypnotism which you have cast upon the world, send not out thoughts and words of weakness unto humanity.

— Swami Vivekananda

If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.

— Mahatma Gandhi

The progress of the world means more enjoyment and more misery too.

— Swami Vivekananda

The Vedanta teaches men to have faith in themselves first. As certain religions of the world say that a man who does not believe in a Personal God outside of himself is an atheist, so the Vedanta says, a man who does not believe in himself is an atheist. Not believing in the glory of our own soul is what the Vedanta calls atheism.

— Swami Vivekananda

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

— Mahatma Gandhi

We should not exit from this world without finding out who we are and where we have come from. This is very important.

— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

This World will always continue to be a mixture of Good and Evil. Our duty is to sympathize with the weak and to Love even the wrongdoer.

— Swami Vivekananda