Fiery words of Swami Vivekananda (3)

  • Pray day and night, “O Thou Mother of the Universe, vouchsafe manliness unto me!  O Thou, Mother of Strength, take away my weakness, take away my unmanliness, and make me a Man!”
  • Multitude counts for nothing.  A few heart-whole, sincere, and energetic men can do more in a year than a mob in a century.
  • The older I grow, the more everything seems to me to lie in manliness.  This is my gospel.
  • MY HOPE AND FAITH REST IN MEN LIKE YOU. UNDERSTAND MY WORDS IN THEIR TRUE SPIRIT AND APPLY YOURSELVES TO WORK IN THEIR LIGHT… I HAVE GIVEN YOU ADVICE ENOUGH; NOW PUT AT LEAST SOMETHING IN PRACTICE.  LET THE WORLD SEE THAT YOUR LISTENING TO ME HAS BEEN A SUCCESS.
  • Have faith in yourselves, great convictions are the mothers of great deeds.
  • 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 loses faith, death comes.
  • What we want is this Shraddha… What makes the difference between man and man is difference in this Shraddha and nothing else.  What makes one man great and another weak and low is this Shraddha… This Shraddha must enter into you.
  • Have faith that you are all, my brave lads, born to do great things!  Let not the barks of puppies frighten you- no, not even the thunderbolts of heaven!
  • Have faith in yourself.  You people were once the Vedic Rishis.  Only you have come in different forms, that’s all.  I see it clear as daylight that you all have infinite power in you.  Rouse that up; arise, arise.
  • This faith in themselves was in the hearts of our ancestors, this faith in themselves was the motive power that pushed them forward and forward in the march of civilization; and if there has been degeneration, if there has been defect, mark my words, you will find that degradation to have started on the day our people lost this faith in themselves.
  • Have faith in yourself-all power is in you be conscious and bring it out. Say, “I can do everything” ” Even the poison of a snake is powerless if you can firmly deny it.”  Beware! No saying “nay” no negative thoughts!.
  • Faith, faith, faith in ourselves, faith, faith in God- this is the secret of greatness.
  • To advance we must have faith in ourselves first and then in God.  He who has no faith in himself can never have faith in God.
  • Losing faith in one’s self means losing faith in God.
  • EACH ONE OF YOU HAS A GLORIOUS FUTURE IF YOU DARE BELIEVE ME.  HAVE A TREMENDOUS FAITH IN YOURSELVES, LIKE THE FAITH I HAD WHEN I WAS YOUNG… HAVE THAT FAITH EACH ONE OF YOU, IN YOURSELF-THAT ETERNAL POWER IS LODGED IN EVERY SOUL- AND YOU WILL REVIVE THE WHOLE OF INDIA.
  • Let a man go down as low as possible; there must come a time when out of sheer desperation he will take an upward curve and will learn to have faith in himself.  But it is better for us that we should know it form the very first.  Why should we have all these bitter experiences in order to gain faith in ourselves?

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