Courage Quotes from Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda spoke about courage in many of his lectures. Here are just some of his courage quotes to inspire and motivate you.


Courage Quotes by Swami Vivekananda

We generally say, "A courageous man, a brave man, a daring man", but we must bear in mind that that courage or bravery or any other trait does not always characterize the man. The same man who would rush to the mouth of a cannon shrinks from the knife of the surgeon; and another man who never dares to face a gun will calmly bear a severe surgical operation, if need be. Now, in judging others you must always define your terms of courage or greatness. - Hints on Practical Spirituality, Lectures, Volume 2


There are two sorts of courage. One is the courage of facing the cannon. And the other is the courage of spiritual conviction. - The Real Nature of Man, Jnana Yoga, Volume 2


Swami Vivekananda quote: There are two sorts of courage. One is the courage of facing the cannon. And the other is the courage of spiritual conviction.

Take courage and work on. Patience and steady work - this is the only way. Go on; remember - patience and purity and courage and steady work. . . . So long as you are pure, and true to your principles, you will never fail. - LIII Alasinga, Epistles - First Series, Volume 5


Great enterprise, boundless courage, tremendous energy, and, above all, perfect obedience - these are the only traits that lead to individual and national regeneration. - LXXXV Akhandananda, Epistles - Second Series, Volume 6


We want infinite energy, infinite zeal, infinite courage, and infinite patience, then only will great things be achieved. - CXV Dear—, Epistles - Second Series, Volume 6


[Related: Patience Quotes from Swami Vivekananda]


Help thyself out by thyself. None else can help thee, friend. For thou alone art thy greatest enemy, thou alone art thy greatest friend. Get hold of the Self, then. Stand up. Don't be afraid. In the midst of all miseries and all weakness, let the Self come out, faint and imperceptible though it be at first. You will gain courage, and at last like a lion you will roar out, "I am It! I am It!" "I am neither a man, nor a woman, nor a god, nor a demon; no, nor any of the animals, plants, or trees. I am neither poor nor rich, neither learned nor ignorant. All these things are very little compared with what I am: for I am It! I am It! Behold the sun and the moon and the stars: I am the light that is shining in them! I am the beauty of the fire! I am the power in the universe! For, I am It! I am It! - The Open Secret, Practical Vedanta and Other Lectures, Volume 2


Swami Vivekananda quote: Help thyself out by thyself.

Opposition to a righteous work initiated with moral courage will only awaken the moral power of the initiators the more. That which meets with no obstruction, no opposition, only takes men to the path of moral death. Struggle is the sign of life. - XVIII, Conversations and Dialogues, Volume 7


You often note, when people are discussing as to what man and woman can do, always the same mistake is made. They think they show man at his best because he can fight, for instance, and undergo tremendous physical exertion; and this is pitted against the physical weakness and the non-combating quality of woman. This is unjust. Woman is as courageous as man. Each is equally good in his or her way. What man can bring up a child with such patience, endurance, and love as the woman can? - Hints on Practical Spirituality, Lectures, Volume 2


We are forever trying to make our weakness look like strength, our sentiment like love, our cowardice like courage, and so on. - Remarks from Various Lectures, Notes of Lectures and Classes, Volume 9


[Related: Quotes about Strength from Swami Vivekananda]


Even the most arrant coward becomes brave when the world praises him. A fool can do heroic deeds when the approbation of society is upon him, but for a man to constantly do good without caring for the approbation of his fellow men is indeed the highest sacrifice man can perform. - Each Is Great In His Own Place, Karma Yoga, Volume 1


The brave alone do great things, not the cowards. - XLIII Alasinga, Epistles - First Series, Volume 5


Swami Vivekananda quote: The brave alone do great things, not the cowards.

The brave alone can afford to be sincere. Compare the lion and the fox. - Notes Taken Down In Madras, 1892-93, Notes of Class Talks and Lectures, Volume 6


Cowards never win victories. We have to fight fear and troubles and ignorance if we expect them to flee before us. - What Is Religion?, Lectures, Volume 1



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