Swami Vivekananda Quotes for Success

How do you get great success? What is the secret to it? Here are some of Swami Vivekananda quotes for success to inspire you to achieve great things.


Swami Vivekananda Quotes for Success

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. - Pratyahara and Dharana, Raja Yoga, Volume 1


Swami Vivekananda quote: Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea... This is the way to success.

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. - Work and Its Secret, Lectures, Volume 2


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Infinite patience, infinite purity, and infinite perseverance are the secret of success in a good cause. - XL Alasinga, Epistles - First Series, Volume 5


Purity, patience, and perseverance are the three essentials to success and, above all, love. - LI Dear and Beloved, Epistles - Second Series, Volume 6


Swami Vivekananda quote: Purity, patience, and perseverance are the three essentials to success and, above all, love.

Ignorance, fickleness, jealousy, laziness, and excessive attachment are the great enemies to success in Yoga practice. - Six Lessons On Raja-Yoga, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 8


Three things are necessary to the student who wishes to succeed. First. Give up all ideas of enjoyment in this world and the next, care only for God and Truth. We are here to know truth, not for enjoyment. Leave that to brutes who enjoy as we never can. Man is a thinking being and must struggle on until he conquers death, until he sees the light. He must not spend himself in vain talking that bears no fruit. Worship of society and popular opinion is idolatry. The soul has no sex, no country, no place, no time. Second. Intense desire to know Truth and God. Be eager for them, long for them, as a drowning man longs for breath. Want only God, take nothing else, let not "seeming" cheat you any longer. Turn from all and seek only God. Third. The six trainings: First - restraining the mind from going outward. Second - restraining the senses. Third - turning the mind inward. Fourth - suffering everything without murmuring. Fifth - fastening the mind to one idea. Take the subject before you and think it out; never leave it. Do not count time. Sixth - think constantly of your real nature. Get rid of superstition. Do not hypnotize yourself into a belief in your own inferiority. Day and night tell yourself what you really are, until you realize (actually realize) your oneness with God. Without these disciplines, no results can be gained. - Six Lessons On Raja-Yoga, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 8


Swami Vivekananda quote: Do not hypnotize yourself into a belief in your own inferiority.

Success from Controlling the Mind

The attempt to sit down and fix the mind on one idea and hold it there will prove to most people that there is some need for help to enable them to do this successfully. The mind has to be gradually and systematically brought under control. The will has to be strengthened by slow, continuous, and persevering drill. This is no child's play, no fad to be tried one day and discarded the next. It is a life's work; and the end to be attained is well worth all that it can cost us to reach it. - The Aim of Raja-Yoga, Notes from Lectures and Discourses, Volume 5


How hard it is to control the mind! Well has it been compared to the maddened monkey? 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! - Pratyahara and Dharana, Raja Yoga, Volume 1


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The main difference between men and the animals is the difference in their power of concentration. All success in any line of work is the result of this. Everybody knows something about concentration. We see its results every day. - Concentration and Breathing, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 6


Success from Patience

Have infinite patience, and success is yours. - To My Brave Boys, Writings: Prose, Volume 4


Swami Vivekananda quote: Have infinite patience, and success is yours.

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. - LXI Dr. Nanjunda Rao, Epistles - First Series, Volume 5


No impatient one can ever succeed. - Sunday, June 30, Inspired Talks, Volume 7


Success from Persevering

The student who sets out with such a spirit of perseverance will surely find success and realization at last. - Qualifications of the Aspirant and the Teacher, Bhakti-Yoga, Volume 3


Swami Vivekananda quote: The student who sets out with such a spirit of perseverance will surely find success and realization at last.

Look not for success or failure. Join yourself to the perfectly unselfish will and work on. Know that the mind which is born to succeed joins itself to a determined will and perseveres. You have the right to work, but do not become so degenerate as to look for results. Work incessantly, but see something behind the work. - Unselfish Work Is True Renunciation, Notes of Class Talks and Lectures, Volume 6


To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will. - Pratyahara and Dharana, Raja Yoga, Volume 1


More Swami Vivekananda Quotes for Success

Infinite faith and strength are the only conditions of success. - XXXVII Alasinga, Epistles - First Series, Volume 5


All our failures and all our successes in following the religion of love are on the road to the realization of that one ideal. - The God of Love is His Own Proof, Para-Bhakti or Supreme Devotion, Volume 3


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. - Work and its Secret, Lectures, Volume 2


Nobody ever got anything by begging. We get only what we deserve. The first step to deserve is to desire: and we desire with success what we feel ourselves worthy to get. - Aryans and Tamilians, Writings: Prose, Volume 4


It is opposition which foretells success. Where there is no opposition there is no success either. - Memoirs of European Travel I, Translation of Writings, Volume 7


Swami Vivekananda quote: It is opposition which foretells success. Where there is no opposition there is no success either.

The degree of unselfishness marks the degree of success everywhere. - On Karma-Yoga, Notes from Lectures and Discourses, Volume 5


Take up anything, philosophy or science or religion or literature, and let that be your God for the rest of your life. Achieve happiness or achieve greatness … Eating, drinking, dressing, and society nonsense are not things to throw a life upon — especially you, Mary [Hale]. You are rusting away a splendid brain and abilities, for which there is not the least excuse. You must have ambition to be great. - LXXXV Sister, Epistles - Fourth Series, Volume 8


Often people enter into things they have not the means to accomplish, with the result that they cheat others to attain their own ends. Then there is in all things the time factor to be taken into consideration; what at one time might be a failure, would perhaps at another time be a very great success. - Each Is Great In His Own Place, Karma Yoga, Volume 1


But whenever failure comes, if we analyze it critically, in ninety-nine per cent of cases we shall find that it was because we did not pay attention to the means. - Work and Its Secret, Lectures, Volume 2



And that concludes the list of Swami Vivekananda quotes for success.