Swami Vivekananda Quotes on Love

Have you been looking for amazing quotes about love or inspirational love quotes? Especially from Swami Vivekananda and other great sages of our time? Then check out this amazing list of 80 or so Swami Vivekananda quotes on love.


Swami Vivekananda Quotes on Love for God

God is love, and love is God. - Divine Love, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 6


Love is the ideal and requires no object. Love is God. - Jnana and Karma, Notes of Class Talks and Lectures, Volume 8


Love is simply an expression of this infinite unity. - The Reality And The Shadow, Notes of Class Talks and Lectures, Volume 8


Unattached, yet shining in everything, is love, the motive power of the universe, without which the universe would fall to pieces in a moment, and this love is God. - Bhakti or Devotion, Lectures, Volume 2


Swami Vivekananda quote: Unattached, yet shining in everything, is love, the motive power of the universe, without which the universe would fall to pieces in a moment, and this love is God.

Call it God, Love, Spirit, Allah, Jehovah - it is the same unity that animates all life from the lowest animal to the noblest man. - India's mission, Interviews, Volume 5


Wherever there is love, wherever there is a spark of joy, know that to be a spark of His presence because He is joy, blessedness, and love itself. - The Great Teachers of the World, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 4


That love is highest which is concentrated upon God. - Narada-Bhakti-Sutras, Notes of Class Talks and Lectures, Volume 6


Love of the pleasures of the senses and of the intellect is all made dim and thrown aside and cast into the shade by the love of God Himself. - The Preparatory Renunciation, Para-Bhakti or Supreme Devotion, Volume 3


With the love of God will come, as a sure effect, the love of everyone in the universe. - Universal Love and How it Leads to Self Surrender, Para-Bhakti or Supreme Devotion, Volume 3


Everything in the universe is yours, stretch out your arms and embrace it with love. If you ever felt you wanted to do that, you have felt God. - Practical Vedanta: Part II, Practical Vedanta and other lectures, Volume 2


God is only to be loved. It is almost a blasphemy to pray to God, "Lord, give me this, and give me that." - The Atman, Jnana Yoga, Volume 2


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 Para-Bhakti or Supreme Devotion, Volume 3


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Swami Vivekananda quote: Love and fear are incompatible; God is never to be feared by those who love Him.

We must love God for love's sake, not for the hope of reward. We must do our duty for duty's sake not for the hope of reward. - Indian Religious Thought, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 4


It is good to love God for hope of reward in this or the next world, but it is better to love God for love's sake. - Paper on Hinduism, Addresses at the Parliament of Religions, Volume 1


The love of God is the only love that is higher than a mother's love; all others are lower. - What Is Duty?, Karma Yoga, Volume 1


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There are five stages of love. First, man wants help and has a little fear. Second, when God is seen as Father. Third, when God is seen as Mother. Then all women are looked upon as reflections of the Mother-god. With the idea of Mother-god real love begins. Fourth, love for love's sake. Love for love's sake transcends all qualities. Fifth, love in Divine-union. It leads to oneness or super-consciousness. - On Bhakti-Yoga, Notes of Class Talks and Lectures, Volume 6


Mother's Love

The mother is the God in our family. The idea is that the only real love that we see in the world, the most unselfish love, is in the mother - always suffering, always loving. And what love can represent the love of God more than the love which we see in the mother? - The Women of India, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 9


Mother represents colorless love that knows no barter, love that never dies. - Mother-Worship, Notes of Class Talks and Lectures, Volume 6


Mother, again, is the impartial energy of the universe, because of the colorless love that asks not, desires not, cares not for the evil in her child, but loves him the more. - The Worship Of The Divine Mother, Notes of Class Talks and Lectures, Volume 8


The love which my mother gave to me has made me what I am, and I owe a debt to her that I can never repay. - The Women of India, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 9


Swami Vivekananda quote: The love which my mother gave to me has made me what I am, and I owe a debt to her that I can never repay.

True Love

True love can never react so as to cause pain either to the lover or to the beloved. - The Secret of Work, Karma Yoga, Volume 1


When a young man goes to see his sweetheart, . . . there is no business relationship between them; theirs is a relationship of love, and love is no beggar. - Divine Love, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 6


Lust is the death of love, Self is the death of love. - Reason, Faith and Love, Writings: Prose and Poems, Volume 5


Suppose a man loves a woman; he wishes to have her all to himself and feels extremely jealous about her every movement; he wants her to sit near him, to stand near him, and to eat and move at his bidding. He is a slave to her and wishes to have her as his slave. That is not love; it is a kind of morbid affection of the slave, insinuating itself as love. It cannot be love, because it is painful; if she does not do what he wants, it brings him pain. With love there is no painful reaction; love only brings a reaction of bliss; if it does not, it is not love; it is mistaking something else for love. - The Secret of Work, Karma Yoga, Volume 1


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The lowest love is selfish; it consists in pleasure of being loved. We say in India, "One gives the cheek, the other kisses." Above this is mutual love. But this also ceases mutually. True love is all giving. - The Religion Of Love, Notes of Class Talks and Lectures, Volume 8


Loving Others

The whole world is full of God and not of sin. Let us help one another, let us love one another. - Christianity In India, Notes of Class Talks and Lectures, Volume 8


Swami Vivekananda quote: The whole world is full of God and not of sin. Let us help one another, let us love one another.

Doing good to his fellow-beings is the practical religion of the man full of love. - Practical Religion: Breathing And Meditation, Lectures, Volume 1


Our duty is to sympathize with the weak and to love even the wrongdoer. - We Help Ourselves, Not The World, Karma Yoga, Volume 1


Have charity towards all beings. Pity those who are in distress. Love all creatures. Do not be jealous of anyone. Look not to the faults of others. - Sayings and Utterances, Volume 5


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A man loves when he finds that the object of his love is not any low, little, mortal thing. Then alone a man loves when he finds that the object of his love is not a clod of earth, but it is the veritable God Himself. The wife will love the husband the more when she thinks that the husband is God Himself. The husband will love the wife the more when he knows that the wife is God Himself. That mother will love the children more who thinks that the children are God Himself. That man will love his greatest enemy who knows that that very enemy is God Himself. That man will love a holy man who knows that the holy man is God Himself, and that very man will also love the unholiest of men because he knows the background of that unholiest of men is even He, the Lord. Such a man becomes a world-mover for whom his little self is dead and God stands in its place. The whole universe will become transfigured to him. That which is painful and miserable will all vanish; struggles will all depart and go. - The Real and the Apparent Man, Jnana Yoga, Volume 2


There are five steps in human love. The lowest, most commonplace, "peaceful" love, when we look up to our Father for all we want - protection, food, etc. The love which makes us want to serve. Man wants to serve God as his master, the longing to serve dominating every other feeling; and we are indifferent whether the master is good or bad, kind or unkind. The love of a friend, the love of equals - companions, playmates. Man feels God to be his companion. Motherly love. God is looked upon as a child. In India this is considered a higher love than the foregoing, because it has absolutely no element of fear. The love of husband and wife; love for love's sake - god the perfect, beloved one. - Lessons On Bhakti-Yoga, Notes of Class Talks and Lectures, Volume 6


Ordinarily human love is seen to flourish only in places where it is returned; where love is not returned for love, cold indifference is the natural result. There are, however, rare instances in which we may notice love exhibiting itself even where there is no return of love. We may compare this kind of love, for purposes of illustration, to the love of the moth for the fire; the insect loves the fire, falls into it, and dies. It is indeed in the nature of this insect to love so. To love because it is the nature of love to love is undeniably the highest and the most unselfish manifestation of love that may be seen in the world. - The Higher Knowledge and the Higher Love are One to the True Lover, Para-Bhakti or Supreme Devotion, Volume 3


We get caught. How? Not by what we give, but by what we expect. 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. Desire, want, is the father of all misery. Desires are bound by the laws of success and failure. Desires must bring misery. - Work and its Secret, Lectures, Volume 2


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We have always heard it preached, "Love one another". What for? That doctrine was preached, but the explanation is here. Why should I love every one? Because they and I are one. Why should I love my brother? Because he and I are one. There is this oneness; this solidarity of the whole universe. From the lowest worm that crawls under our feet to the highest beings that ever lived - all have various bodies, but are the one Soul. - The Way to Blessedness, Practical Vedanta And Other Lectures, Volume 2


I think we should love our brother whether we believe in the universal fatherhood of God or not, because every religion and every creed recognizes man as divine, and you should do him no harm that you might not injure that which is divine in him." - Congress Of Religious Unity, Notes of Class Talks and Lectures, Volume 8


Oneness alone is love and fearlessness; separation leads us to hatred and fear. - Discourses On Jnana-Yoga, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 8


For such people who want to destroy their brothers because they seem to follow a different path towards God - for them to talk of love is absurd. Their love does not count for much. How can they preach of love who cannot bear another man to follow a different path from their own? If that is love, what is hatred? - Vedantism, Lectures from Colombo to Almora, Volume 3


Swami Vivekananda quote: For such people who want to destroy their brothers because they seem to follow a different path towards God - for them to talk of love is absurd. Their love does not count for much. How can they preach of love who cannot bear another man to follow a different path from their own? If that is love, what is hatred?

Know partiality to be the chief cause of all evil. That is to say, if you show towards any one more love than towards somebody else, rest assured, you will be sowing the seeds of future troubles. - LXXIII Brother Disciples, Epistles - Second Series, Volume 6


Love for Yourself

Love everyone as your own self, because the whole universe is one. In injuring another, I am injuring myself; in loving another, I am loving myself. - The Vedanta Philosophy, Lectures, Volume 1


If you love, that love will come back to you, completing the circle. It is as certain as can be, that every bit of hatred that goes out of the heart of a man comes back to him in full force, nothing can stop it; similarly every impulse of love comes back to him. - Introduction, Patanjali's Yoga Aphorisms, Volume 1


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. What is that to you? You stand aside. - Krishna, Lectures, Volume 1


The great dream is love; we are all going to love and be loved, we are all going to be happy and never meet with misery, but the more we go towards happiness, the more it goes away from us. Thus the world is going on, society goes on, and we, blinded slaves, have to pay for it without knowing. Study your own lives, and find how little of happiness there is in them, and how little in truth you have gained in the course of this wild-goose chase of the world. - Steps To Realization, Lectures, Volume 1


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Love for yourselves means love for all, love for animals, love for everything, for you are all one. - Practical Vedanta: Part I, Practical Vedanta And Other Lectures, Volume 2


Swami Vivekananda quote: Love for yourselves means love for all, love for animals, love for everything, for you are all one.

More Swami Vivekananda Quotes on Love

The question is asked: From what does this universe come, in what does it remain, to what does it go back? And the answer is: From love it comes, in love it remains, back it goes unto love. - Vedanta And Privilege, Lectures, Volume 1


Love opens the most impossible gates; love is the gate to all the secrets of the universe. - My Plan of Campaign, Lectures from Colombo to Almora, Volume 3


Love is beyond time and space, it is absolute. - Monday, June 24, Inspired Talks, Volume 7


The last and highest manifestation of Prana is love. - Lessons On Raja-Yoga, Notes of Class Talks and Lectures, Volume 6


The nature of love is inexpressible. - Narada-Bhakti-Sutras, Notes of Class Talks and Lectures, Volume 6


We see love everywhere in nature. - The Bhakta's Renunciation Results from Love, Para-Bhakti or Supreme Devotion, Volume 3


Swami Vivekananda quote: We see love everywhere in nature.

Love, truth, and unselfishness are not merely moral figures of speech, but they form our highest ideal, because in them lies such a manifestation of power. - Karma in Its Effect on Character, Karma Yoga, Volume 1


Love is struggle of a human Soul to find its complement its stable equilibrium its infinite rest. - Reason, Faith and Love, Writings: Prose and Poems, Volume 5


Every act of love brings happiness; there is no act of love which does not bring peace and blessedness as its reaction. - The Secret of Work, Karma Yoga, Volume 1


Pure love has no motive. It has nothing to gain. - On Bhakti-Yoga, Notes of Class Talks and Lectures, Volume 6


The power of love is infinitely of greater potency than the power of hatred. - Reply To The Madras Address, Writings: Prose, Volume 4


Love concentrates all the power of the will without effort. - Thursday, July 11, Inspired Talks, Volume 7


Nothing else is necessary but these - love, sincerity, and patience. What is life but growth, i.e. expansion, i.e. love? Therefore all love is life, it is the only law of life; all selfishness is death, and this is true here or hereafter. - To My Brave Boys, Writings: Prose, Volume 4


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There is only one element in life which is worth having at any cost, and it is love. Love immense and infinite, broad as the sky and deep as the ocean - this is the one great gain in life. Blessed is he who gets it. - LXXXVII Your Highness, Epistles - First Series, Volume 5


The world is full of the talk of love, but it is hard to love. Where is love? How do you know that there is love? The first test of love is that it knows no bargaining. So long as you see a man love another only to get something from him, you know that that is not love; it is shop-keeping. Wherever there is any question of buying and selling, it is not love. So, when a man prays to God, "Give me this, and give me that", it is not love. How can it be? I offer you a prayer, and you give me something in return; that is what it is, mere shop-keeping. - Bhakti or Devotion, Lectures, Volume 2


Never ask that foolish question, what good will it do to the world? Let the world go. Love and ask nothing; love and look for nothing further. - Wednesday, July 3, Inspired Talks, Volume 7


Do not be led aside into any byways or seek after power. Love is the only power that stays by us and increases. - Six Lessons On Raja-Yoga, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 8


The first test of love is that it knows no bargaining. Love is always the giver, and never the taker. - Bhakti or Devotion, Lectures, Volume 2


The first sign of love is when love asks nothing, [when it] gives everything. - Divine Love, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 6


Beggar's love is no love at all. - Divine Love, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 6


The second test is that love knows no fear. - Bhakti or Devotion, Lectures, Volume 2


Where do you ever see love in fear? It is always a sham. With love never comes the idea of fear. - Bhakti or Devotion, Lectures, Volume 2


Love conquers all fear. - The Triangle of Love, Para-Bhakti or Supreme Devotion, Volume 3


Swami Vivekananda quote: Love conquers all fear.

Love knows no fear. - Divine Love, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 6


Love is its own end. It can never be the means. - Divine Love, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 6


Love is of three sorts - one demands, but gives nothing; the second is exchange; and the third is love without thought of return - love like that of the moth for the light. - Monday, June 24, Inspired Talks, Volume 7


We will illustrate love by a triangle, of which the first angle at the base is fearlessness. So long as there is fear, it is not love. Love banishes all fear. A mother with her baby will face a tiger to save her child. The second angle is that love never asks, never begs. The third or the apex is that love loves for the sake of love itself. Even the idea of object vanishes. Love is the only form in which love is loved. This is the highest abstraction and the same as the Absolute. - Four Paths Of Yoga, Writings: Prose and Poems, Volume 8


All love is expansions all selfishness is contraction. Love is therefore the only law of life. He who loves lives, he who is selfish is dying. Therefore love for love's sake, because it is the only law of life, just as you breathe to live. - LXXI Rakhal, Epistles - Second Series, Volume 6


Give everything and look for no return. Give love, give help, give service, give any little thing you can, but keep out barter. Make no conditions, and none will be imposed. Let us give out of our own bounty, just as God gives to us. - Wednesday, June 19, Inspired Talks, Volume 7


Our desires also are constantly changing - what we would prize today we would reject tomorrow. The pleasure of the present will be the pain of the future, the loved hated, and so on. - The Message of Divine Wisdom, Writings: Prose and Poems, Volume 5


Swami Vivekananda quote: Our desires also are constantly changing - what we would prize today we would reject tomorrow. The pleasure of the present will be the pain of the future, the loved hated, and so on.

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


Everybody's mind becomes concentrated at times. We all concentrate upon those things we love, and we love those things upon which we concentrate our minds. - Concentration and Breathing, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 6


No great work can be achieved by humbug. It is through love, a passion for truth, and tremendous energy, that all undertakings are accomplished. - LXXV Shashi, Epistles - Second Series, Volume 6


Books and learning, Yoga and meditation and illumination - all are but dust compared with love. - CXXVIII Akhandananda, Epistles - Second Series, Volume 6


Through practice comes Yoga, through Yoga comes knowledge, through knowledge love, and through love bliss. - Discourses On Jnana-Yoga, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 8


Love is the easiest of all, it waits for no logic, it is natural. - Monday, June 24, Inspired Talks, Volume 7


Love never denounces, only ambition does that. There is no such thing as "righteous" anger or justifiable killing. - Sunday, June 30, Inspired Talks, Volume 7


Every step that has been really gained in the world has been gained by love; criticizing can never do any good, it has been tried for thousands of years. Condemnation accomplishes nothing. - Wednesday, July 3, Inspired Talks, Volume 7


Swami Vivekananda quote: Every step that has been really gained in the world has been gained by love; criticizing can never do any good, it has been tried for thousands of years. Condemnation accomplishes nothing.

Get rid of the bondage of body; we have become slaves to it and learnt to hug our chains and love our slavery; so much so that we long to perpetuate it, and go on with "body" "body" forever. - Discourses On Jnana-Yoga, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 8


The religion of Buddha spread fast. It was because of the marvelous love which, for the first time in the history of humanity, overflowed a large heart and devoted itself to the service not only of all men but of all living things - a love which did not care for anything except to find a way of release from suffering for all beings. - Buddha's Message To The World, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 8



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