Wealth and the acquisition of wealth are definitely interesting, contentious topics. Swami Vivekananda discussed these in many of his lectures. So here are 17 Swami Vivekananda quotes about wealth.


Pursue Wealth without Attachment

If you desire wealth, and know at the same time that the whole world regards him who aims at wealth as a very wicked man, you, perhaps, will not dare to plunge into the struggle for wealth, yet your mind will be running day and night after money. This is hypocrisy and will serve no purpose. 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. - Each Is Great In His Own Place, Karma Yoga, Volume 1


A householder who does not struggle to get wealth is immoral. If he is lazy and content to lead an idle life, he is immoral, because upon him depend hundreds. If he gets riches, hundreds of others will be thereby supported. - Each Is Great In His Own Place, Karma Yoga, Volume 1


Going after wealth in such a case is not bad, because that wealth is for distribution. The householder is the center of life and society. It is a worship for him to acquire and spend wealth nobly, for the householder who struggles to become rich by good means and for good purposes is doing practically the same thing for the attainment of salvation as the anchorite does in his cell when he is praying; for in them we see only the different aspects of the same virtue of self-surrender and self-sacrifice prompted by the feeling of devotion to God and to all that is His. - Each Is Great In His Own Place, Karma Yoga, Volume 1


When we are healthy and young, we think that all the wealth of the world will be ours, and when later we get kicked about by society like footballs and get older, we sit in a corner and croak and throw cold water on the enthusiasm of others. Few men know that with pleasure there is pain, and with pain, pleasure; and as pain is disgusting, so is pleasure, as it is the twin brother of pain. - Steps to Realization, Lectures, Volume 1


Man cannot be satisfied by wealth. - Realization, Jnana Yoga, Volume 2




Here are five great bigotry quotes from Swami Vivekananda.


Quotes about Bigotry

Superstition is a great enemy of man, but bigotry is worse. - Paper on Hinduism, Addresses at the Parliament of Religions, Volume 1


Bigotry quote from Swami Vivekananda: Superstition is a great enemy of man, but bigotry is worse.

It is said honesty is the best policy. And Swami Vivekananda reiterated these sentiments in his speeches and lectures. So here are just four honesty quotes from Swami Vivekananda.


Honesty Quotes

So long as you have faith and honesty and devotion, everything will prosper. - LV Alasinga, Epistles - First Series, Volume 5


honesty quote from Swami Vivekananda - 'So long as you have faith and honesty...'

Swami Vivekananda was incredibly wise so here are ten amazing wisdom quotes from the great Swami.


Wisdom Quotes

Our power, and blessedness, and wisdom, cannot but grow into the Infinite. Infinite power and existence and blessedness are ours, and we have not to acquire them; they are our own, and we have only to manifest them. - Practical Vedanta: Part III, Practical Vedanta and Other Lectures, Volume 2


The human soul is the repository of infinite wisdom. - Knowledge: Its Source and Acquirement, Translations: Prose, Volume 4


Swami Vivekananda wisdom quotes: The human soul is the repository of infinite wisdom.

Swami Vivekananda spoke a bit about marriage. So here are 10 marriage quotes from the Hindu monk.


Marriage Quotes

But unattached love will not hurt you. Do anything - marry, have children. ... Do anything you like - nothing will hurt you. Do nothing with the idea of "mine". Duty for duty's sake; work for work's sake. - Krishna, Lectures, Volume 1


What is marriage but the renunciation of un-chastity? The savage does not marry. Man marries because he renounces. So on and on. Renounce! Renounce! Sacrifice! Give up! Not for zero. Not for nothing. But to get the higher. - The Practice of Religion, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 4


The formation of society, the institution of marriage, the love for children, our good works, morality, and ethics are all different forms of renunciation. - CXII Mary, Epistles - Second Series, Volume 6


Swami Vivekananda marriage quote: The formation of society, the institution of marriage, the love for children, our good works, morality, and ethics are all different forms of renunciation.

Hope and being hopeful are incredibly powerful motivating forces in our daily lives. As such, here are twenty-two hope quotes from Swami Vivekananda to help you through your day and to inspire you to be better.


Hope Quotes from Swami Vivekananda

Think of your own body, and see that it is strong and healthy; it is the best instrument you have. Think of it as being as strong as adamant, and that with the help of this body you will cross the ocean of life. Freedom is never to be reached by the weak. Throw away all weakness. Tell your body that it is strong, tell your mind that it is strong, and have unbounded faith and hope in yourself. – The First Steps, Raja Yoga, V1


Hope and a positive ideal are very good motive powers for our lives. – Maya and Freedom, Jnana Yoga, V2


Swami Vivekananda hope quote: Hope and a positive ideal are very good motive powers for our lives.

Faith was incredibly important to Swami Vivekananda. So here you'll find twenty faith quotes from Swami Vivekananda.


Faith Quotes in God

Whatever may be the position of philosophy, whatever may be the position of metaphysics, so long as there is such a thing as death in the world, so long as there is such a thing as weakness in the human heart, so long as there is a cry going out of the heart of man in his very weakness, there shall be a faith in God. – Buddhism, the Fulfillment of Hinduism, Addresses at the Parliament of Religions, Volume 1


To know God, no philosophy is necessary. Our duty is not to disturb the faith of others. Religion is experience. – Jnana and Karma, Notes of Class Talks and Lectures, Volume 8


Stand up and reason out, having no blind faith. Religion is a question of being and becoming, not of believing. This is religion, and when you have attained to that you have religion. – The Claims of Religion, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 4


Swami Vivekananda quote: Stand up and reason out, having no blind faith.

Work and its secret is one of my favorite lectures from Swami Vivekananda. In the lecture, he gives his views on the secrets to success and life in general and provides some guidelines on how we can achieve success.


So here are eighteen Swami Vivekananda quotes from Work And Its Secret:


One of the greatest lessons I have learnt in my life is to pay as much attention to the means of work as to its end.


We forget that it is the cause that produces the effect; the effect cannot come by itself; and unless the causes are exact, proper, and powerful, the effect will not be produced.


We want to get everything from nature, but we find in the long run that nature takes everything from us — depletes us, and casts us aside.


We want to get everything from nature, but we find in the long run that nature takes everything from us — depletes us, and casts us aside. - Swami Vivekananda (Work and Its Secret)

Reserve unto yourself the power of detaching yourself from everything, however beloved, however much the soul might yearn for it, however great the pangs of misery you feel if you were going to leave it; still, reserve the power of leaving it whenever you want.


Attachment is the source of all our pleasures now. We are attached to our friends, to our relatives; we are attached to our intellectual and spiritual works; we are attached to external objects, so that we get pleasure from them. What, again, brings misery but this very attachment? We have to detach ourselves to earn joy.


That man alone will be able to get the best of nature, who, having the power of attaching himself to a thing with all his energy, has also the power to detach himself when he should do so.


We get misery in return for our love; not from the fact that we love, but from the fact that we want love in return. There is no misery where there is no want.


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The great secret of true success, of true happiness, then, is this: the man who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish man, is the most successful. It seems to be a paradox.


Ask nothing; want nothing in return. Give what you have to give; it will come back to you — but do not think of that now, it will come back multiplied a thousand-fold — but the attention must not be on that.


Learn that the whole of life is giving, that nature will force you to give. So, give willingly. Sooner or later you will have to give up.


Learn that the whole of life is giving, that nature will force you to give. So, give willingly. Sooner or later you will have to give up. - Swami Vivekananda (Work and Its Secret)

With clenched hands, you want to take. But nature puts a hand on your throat and makes your hands open. Whether you will it or not, you have to give. The moment you say, "I will not", the blow comes; you are hurt. None is there but will be compelled, in the long run, to give up everything. And the more one struggles against this law, the more miserable one feels.


Even by intellectually recognizing the difficulties, we really do not know them until we feel them.


We get only that for which we are fitted. Let us give up our pride and understand this, that never is misery undeserved.


There never has been a blow undeserved: there never has been an evil for which I did not pave the way with my own hands. We ought to know that. Analyze yourselves and you will find that every blow you have received, came to you because you prepared yourselves for it. You did half, and the external world did the other half: that is how the blow came. That will sober us down.


We are all the time, from our childhood, trying to lay the blame upon something outside ourselves.


We are always standing up to set right other people, and not ourselves. If we are miserable, we say, "Oh, the world is a devil's world." We curse others and say, "What infatuated fools!" But why should we be in such a world, if we really are so good? If this is a devil's world, we must be devils also; why else should we be here? "Oh, the people of the world are so selfish!" True enough; but why should we be found in that company, if we be better? Just think of that.


We only get what we deserve. It is a lie when we say, the world is bad and we are good. It can never be so. It is a terrible lie we tell ourselves.


We only get what we deserve. It is a lie when we say, the world is bad and we are good. It can never be so. It is a terrible lie we tell ourselves. - Swami Vivekananda (Work and Its Secret)

We are to take care of ourselves — that much we can do — and give up attending to others for a time. Let us perfect the means; the end will take care of itself. For the world can be good and pure, only if our lives are good and pure. It is an effect, and we are the means. Therefore, let us purify ourselves. Let us make ourselves perfect.



That's it! Eighteen quotes from Work and Its Secret by Swami Vivekananda. See more Swami Vivekananda quotes here.

Swami Vivekananda’s Raja Yoga book explained his take on Patanjali's yoga aphorisms. Here are 45 quotes from Swamiji’s Raja Yoga book.


    Introductory (Chapter 1)

  1. Uniformity is the rigorous law of nature; what once happened can happen always.
  2. It is better to be an outspoken atheist than a hypocrite.

  3. [Related: Atheist Quotes from Swami Vivekananda]


  4. It is comparatively easy to observe facts in the external world, for many instruments have been invented for the purpose, but in the internal world we have no instrument to help us.
  5. The power of attention, when properly guided, and directed towards the internal world, will analyze the mind, and illumine facts for us.
  6. The powers of the mind are like rays of light dissipated; when they are concentrated, they illumine.
  7. Believe nothing until you find it out for yourself.
  8. Truth requires no prop to make it stand.
  9. If the body is healthy, the mind remains healthy and strong.
  10. The best guide in life is strength.
  11. All the forces that are working in this body have been produced out of food; we see that every day.

  12. The First Steps (Chapter 2)

  13. Mercy shall not be for men alone, but shall go beyond, and embrace the whole world.
  14. We must be the masters, and not the slaves of nature; neither body nor mind must be our master, nor must we forget that the body is mine, and not I the body's.
  15. The body must be kept strong and healthy. It is the best instrument we have.

  16. [Related: Quotes about Strength from Swami Vivekananda]


  17. Freedom is never to be reached by the weak.
  18. Throw away all weakness. Tell your body that it is strong, tell your mind that it is strong, and have unbounded faith and hope in yourself.

  19.  Throw away all weakness. Tell your body that it is strong, tell your mind that it is strong, and have unbounded faith and hope in yourself. - Swami Vivekananda

    Prana (Chapter 3)

  20. The sum total of all forces in the universe, mental or physical, when resolved back to their original state, is called Prana.
  21. When the mind has attained to that state, which is called Samadhi - perfect concentration, super-consciousness - it goes beyond the limits of reason, and comes face to face with facts which no instinct or reason can ever know.
  22. Just as in a rushing stream there may be millions of whirlpools, the water in each of which is different every moment, turning round and round for a few seconds, and then passing out, replaced by a fresh quantity, so the whole universe is one constantly changing mass of matter, in which all forms of existence are so many whirlpools.
  23. Not one is constant, but everything is changing, matter eternally concreting and disintegrating.
  24. Everything is infectious in this world, good or bad. If your body be in a certain state of tension, it will have a tendency to produce the same tension in others.
  25. A very strong man, living with a weak man, will make him a little stronger, whether he knows it or not.

  26. The Psychic Prana (Chapter 4)

  27. When all the motions of the body have become perfectly rhythmical, the body has, as it were, become a gigantic battery of will.
  28. Taking the analogy of electricity, we find that man can send a current only along a wire, but nature requires no wires to send her tremendous currents.

  29. The Control of the Psychic Prana (Chapter 5)

  30. Our minds have become externalized, and have lost sight of the fine motions inside.
  31. With calm thought, calmness comes over the face.

  32. Pratyahara And Dharana (Chapter 6)

  33. There are the external instruments, then the internal organs acting in the body through the brain centers, and there is the mind. When these come together and attach themselves to some external object, then we perceive it.
  34. The goal of each soul is freedom, mastery — freedom from the slavery of matter and thought, mastery of external and internal nature.
  35. Beware how you allow yourselves to be acted upon by others.
  36. Beware how you unknowingly bring another to ruin.
  37. Whosoever, therefore, asks anyone to believe blindly, or drags people behind him by the controlling power of his superior will, does an injury to humanity, though he may not intend it.
  38. Use your own minds, control body and mind yourselves, remember that until you are a diseased person, no extraneous will can work upon you; avoid everyone, however great and good he may be, who asks you to believe blindly.
  39. Beware of everything that takes away your freedom. Know that it is dangerous, and avoid it by all the means in your power.
  40. There was a monkey, restless by his own nature, as all monkeys are. As if that were not enough someone made him drink freely of wine, so that he became still more restless. Then a scorpion stung him. When a man is stung by a scorpion, he jumps about for a whole day; so the poor monkey found his condition worse than ever. To complete his misery a demon entered into him. What language can describe the uncontrollable restlessness of that monkey? The human mind is like that monkey, incessantly active by its own nature; then it becomes drunk with the wine of desire, thus increasing its turbulence. After desire takes possession comes the sting of the scorpion of jealousy at the success of others, and last of all the demon of pride enters the mind, making it think itself of all importance. How hard to control such a mind!
  41. Take one thing up and do it, and see the end of it, and before you have seen the end, do not give it up.

  42. [Related: Swami Vivekananda Quotes for Success]


  43. Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life — think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, and this is the way great spiritual giants are produced.

  44. Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life — think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success … - Swami Vivekananda

    Dhyana and Samadhi (Chapter 7)

  45. All ethics, all human action and all human thought, hang upon this one idea of unselfishness.
  46. This world is only one drop in an infinite ocean, one link in an infinite chain.
  47. Think of the good Mohammed did to the world, and think of the great evil that has been done through his fanaticism! Think of the millions massacred through his teachings, mothers bereft of their children, children made orphans, whole countries destroyed, millions upon millions of people killed!
  48. Instinct develops into reason, and reason into the transcendental consciousness; therefore, not one of the states contradicts the others. Real inspiration never contradicts reason, but fulfils it.
  49. Experience is the only teacher we have. We may talk and reason all our lives, but we shall not understand a word of truth, until we experience it ourselves.
  50. You cannot hope to make a man a surgeon by simply giving him a few books. You cannot satisfy my curiosity to see a country by showing me a map; I must have actual experience. Maps can only create curiosity in us to get more perfect knowledge. Beyond that, they have no value whatever. Clinging to books only degenerates the human mind. Was there ever a more horrible blasphemy than the statement that all the knowledge of God is confined to this or that book? How dare men call God infinite, and yet try to compress Him within the covers of a little book! Millions of people have been killed because they did not believe what the books said, because they would not see all the knowledge of God within the covers of a book. Of course this killing and murdering has gone by, but the world is still tremendously bound up in a belief in books.
  51. If the mind can first concentrate upon an object, and then is able to continue in that concentration for a length of time, and then, by continued concentration, to dwell only on the internal part of the perception of which the object was the effect, everything comes under the control of such a mind. This meditative state is the highest state of existence.
  52. To him who desires nothing, and does not mix himself up with them, the manifold changes of nature are one panorama of beauty and sublimity.

  53. [Related: Swami Vivekananda Quotes on Beauty]


    Raja Yoga in Brief (Chapter 8)

  54. There is no virtue higher than non-injury.
  55. There is no happiness higher than what a man obtains by this attitude of non-offensiveness, to all creation.

So what do you think about these 45 Swami Vivekananda quotes from his Raja Yoga book.


Fear is a debilitating feeling that can affect your peace of mind and good actions. So here are more than 20 Vivekananda quotes on fear for you to consider. Understand that Swamiji preached to give up all fear onto God and be bold and brave.

Here’s more:


Vivekananda Quotes on Fear

Fear is a sign of weakness. A man must go about his duties without taking notice of the sneers and the ridicule of the world. – Each is Great in His Own Place, Karma Yoga, Volume 1


Fear is a sign of weakness. A man must go about his duties without taking notice of the sneers and the ridicule of the world. - Swami Vivekananda quotes on fear

He who has nothing to desire for himself, whom does he fear, and what can frighten him? What fear has death for him? What fear has evil for him? – Practical Vedanta: Part IV, Practical Vedanta and Other Lectures, Volume 2


What makes you weak? What makes you fear? You are the One Being in the universe. What frightens you? Stand up then and be free. – Immortality, Jnana Yoga, Volume 2


When man has seen himself as one with the Infinite Being of the universe, when all separateness has ceased, when all men and women, and gods and angels, all animals and plants, and the whole universe have melted into that Oneness, then all fear disappears. – The Atman, Jnana Yoga, Volume 2


So long as you think you have the least difference from God, fear will seize you, but when you have known that you are He, that there is no difference, entirely no difference, that you are He, all of Him, and the whole of Him, all fear ceases. – The Free Soul, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 3


If a man thinks he is a little nothing, fear will surely come upon him. And the less you think of yourself as an insignificant person, the less fear there will be for you. - The Triangle of Love, Para-Bhakti or Supreme Devotion, Volume 3


Be bold and fear not. - Address of Welcome Presented at Calcutta and Reply, Lectures from Colombo to Almora, Volume 3


Vivekananda quotes on fear, be bold and fear not

The moment you fear, you are nobody. 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 our woes, and it is fearlessness that brings heaven even in a moment. Therefore, "Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached." - Address of Welcome Presented at Calcutta and Reply, Lectures from Colombo to Almora, Volume 3


He is at the helm, what fear! You are all of infinite strength — how long does it take you to keep off petty jealousy or egoistic ideas! The moment such propensity comes, resign yourselves to the Lord! Just make over your body and mind to His work, and all troubles will be at an end forever. – LXXIII Brother Disciples, Epistles – Second Series, Volume 6


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By being nervous and fearful we injure others, by being so fearful to hurt we hurt more. By trying so much to avoid evil we fall into its jaws. – CLV Nivedita, Epistles – Second Series, Volume 6


You have to go beyond all fear. So from this day be fearless. Off at once, to lay down your life for your own liberation and for the good of others. – V, Conversations and Dialogues, Volume 6


All this fear that pursues us comes from believing in matter. Matter gets its whole existence from the presence of mind behind it. – Wednesday, June 19, Inspired Talks, Volume 7


The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you free. – Saturday, July 12, Inspired Talks, Volume 7



Fear and Love

With love never comes the idea of fear. Think of a young mother in the street: if a dog barks at her, she flees into the nearest house. The next day she is in the street with her child, and suppose a lion rushes upon the child, where will be her position? Just at the mouth of the lion, protecting her child. Love conquered all her fear. So also in the love of God. – Bhakti or Devotion, Lectures, Volume 2


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Love knows no fear. It conquers all evil. The fear of God is the beginning of religion, but the love of God is the end of religion. All fear has died out. – Divine Love, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 6


Love knows no fear. - Swami Vivekananda

Love cannot come through fear, its basis is freedom. – Practical Vedanta: Part II, Practical Vedanta and Other Lectures, Volume 2


So long as there is any fear in the heart, how can there be love also? Love conquers naturally all fear. – The Triangle of Love, Para-Bhakti or Supreme Devotion, Volume 3


Love and fear are incompatible; God is never to be feared by those who love Him. - The Triangle of Love, Para-Bhakti or Supreme Devotion, Volume 3


So long as there is fear, it is not love. Love banishes all fear. – Four Paths of Yoga, Writings: Prose and Poems, Volume 8


Fear and Death

All misery comes from fear, from unsatisfied desire. Man will find that he never dies, and then he will have no more fear of death. When he knows that he is perfect, he will have no more vain desires, and both these causes being absent, there will be no more misery - there will be perfect bliss, even while in this body. – Introductory, Raja Yoga, Volume 1


The fear of death can only be conquered when man realizes that so long as there is one life in this universe, he is living. When he can say, "I am in everything, in everybody, I am in all lives, I am the universe," then alone comes the state of fearlessness. – The Real Nature of Man, Jnana Yoga, Volume 2


It is fear that brings misery, fear that brings death, fear that breeds evil. And what causes fear? Ignorance of our own nature. - Reply to the Address of Welcome at Paramakudi, Lectures from Colombo to Almora, Volume 3


You are fearless and deathless only when you are the universe; and then that which you call the universe is the same as that you call God, the same that you call existence, the same that you call the whole. It is the one undivided Existence which is taken to be the manifold world which we see, as also others who are in the same state of mind as we. – The Vedanta, Lectures from Colombo to Almora, Volume 3



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