Quotes about Happiness from Swami Vivekananda

Here are quotes about happiness from Swami Vivekananda for you to think about.


Quotes about Happiness and Love

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


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


Swami Vivekananda quote: Every act of love brings happiness; there is no act of love which does not bring peace and blessedness as its reaction.

The real happiness is God. Love is God, freedom is God; and everything that is bondage is not God. - Law and Freedom, Notes from Lectures and Discourses, Volume 5


Happiness and Misery

Pleasure is not the goal of man, but knowledge. Pleasure and happiness come to an end. It is a mistake to suppose that pleasure is the goal. The cause of all the miseries we have in the world is that men foolishly think pleasure to be the ideal to strive for. After a time man finds that it is not happiness, but knowledge, towards which he is going, and that both pleasure and pain are great teachers, and that he learns as much from evil as from good. - Karma in Its Effect on Character, Karma Yoga, Volume 1


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Good and evil have an equal share in molding character, and in some instances misery is a greater teacher than happiness. - Karma in Its Effect on Character, Karma Yoga, Volume 1


Swami Vivekananda quote: misery is a greater teacher than happiness

We must work for lessening misery, for that is the only way to make ourselves happy. - Maya and Illusion, Jnana Yoga, Volume 2


The very same phenomenon which is appearing to be good now, may appear to be bad tomorrow. The same thing which is producing misery in one, may produce happiness in another. - Maya and Illusion, Jnana Yoga, Volume 2


In this embodied existence, you will be tossed again and again on the waves of happiness and misery, prosperity and adversity - but know them all to be of momentary duration. - V, Conversations and Dialogues, Volume 7


It is the very nature of life to be happy and miserable by turns. - The Claims of Religion, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 4


Nobody is ever really happy here. If a man be wealthy and have plenty to eat, his digestion is: out of order, and he cannot eat. If a man's digestion be good, and he have the digestive power of a cormorant, he has nothing to put into his mouth. If he be rich, he has no children. If he be hungry and poor, he has a whole regiment of children, and does not know what to do with them. Why is it so? Because happiness and misery are the obverse and reverse of the same coin; he who takes happiness, must take misery also. We all have this foolish idea that we can have happiness without misery, and it has taken such possession of us that we have no control over the senses. - Steps To Realization, Lectures, Volume 1


Swami Vivekananda quote: happiness and misery are the obverse and reverse of the same coin

Let every dog have his day in this miserable world, so that after this experience of so-called happiness they may all come to the Lord and give up this vanity of a world and governments and all other botheration. - CXII Mary, Epistles - Second Series, Volume 6


I am not bound either by virtue or vice, by happiness or misery. - The Freedom of the Soul, Jnana-Yoga, Volume 2


What we want is neither happiness nor misery. Both make us forget our true nature; both are chains — one iron, one gold; behind both is the Atman, who knows neither happiness nor misery. - Tuesday, June 25, Inspired Talks, Volume 7


In life and in death, in happiness and in misery, the Lord is equally present. The whole world is full of the Lord. Open your eyes and see Him. - God in Everything, Jnana-Yoga, Volume 2


Upon the same tree there are two birds, one on the top, the other below. The one on the top is calm, silent, and majestic, immersed in his own glory; the one on the lower branches, eating sweet and bitter fruits by turns, hopping from branch to branch, is becoming happy and miserable by turns. After a time the lower bird eats an exceptionally bitter fruit and gets disgustful and looks up and sees the other bird, that wondrous one of golden plumage, who eats neither sweet nor bitter fruit, who is neither happy nor miserable, but calm, Self-centered, and sees nothing beyond his Self. The lower bird longs for this condition but soon forgets it, and again begins to eat the fruits. In a little while, he eats another exceptionally bitter fruit, which makes him feel miserable, and he again looks up, and tries to get nearer to the upper bird. Once more he forgets and after a time he looks up, and so on he goes again and again, until he comes very near to the beautiful bird and sees the reflection of light from his plumage playing around his own body, and he feels a change and seems to melt away; still nearer he comes, and everything about him melts away, and at last he understands this wonderful change. The lower bird was, as it were, only the substantial-looking shadow, the reflection of the higher; he himself was in essence the upper bird all the time. This eating of fruits, sweet and bitter, this lower, little bird, weeping and happy by turns, was a vain chimera, a dream: all along, the real bird was there above, calm and silent, glorious and majestic, beyond grief, beyond sorrow. The upper bird is God, the Lord of this universe; and the lower bird is the human soul, eating the sweet and bitter fruits of this world. Now and then comes a heavy blow to the soul. For a time, he stops the eating and goes towards the unknown God, and a flood of light comes. He thinks that this world is a vain show. Yet again the senses drag hint down, and he begins as before to eat the sweet and bitter fruits of the world. Again an exceptionally hard blow comes. His heart becomes open again to divine light; thus gradually he approaches God, and as he gets nearer and nearer, he finds his old self melting away. When he has come near enough, he sees that he is no other than God, and he exclaims, "He whom I have described to you as the Life of this universe, as present in the atom, and in suns and moons - He is the basis of our own life, the Soul of our soul. Nay, thou art That." - The Ideal of a Universal Religion, Practical Vedanta and other lectures, Volume 2


Happiness and Unhappiness

The knowledge of happiness brings the knowledge of unhappiness. - Maya and Illusion, Jnana Yoga, Volume 2


Swami Vivekananda quote: The knowledge of happiness brings the knowledge of unhappiness.

As soon as this man progresses, as soon as his horizon of happiness increases, his horizon of unhappiness increases proportionately. The man in the forest does not know what it is to be jealous, to be in the law courts, to pay taxes, to be blamed by society, to be ruled over day and night by the most tremendous tyranny that human diabolism ever invented, which pries into the secrets of every human heart. He does not know how man becomes a thousand times more diabolical than any other animal, with all his vain knowledge and with all his pride. Thus it is that, as we emerge out of the senses, we develop higher powers of enjoyment, and at the same time we have to develop higher powers of suffering too. - Maya and Illusion, Jnana Yoga, Volume 2


As we increase our power to be happy, we also increase our power to suffer, and sometimes I am inclined to think that if we increase our power to become happy in arithmetical progression, we shall increase, on the other hand, our power to become miserable in geometrical progression. - Maya and Illusion, Jnana Yoga, Volume 2


Happiness, joy, addition, enjoyment make not such a deep impression on our mind as unhappiness, sorrow, and subtraction. Our nature is joy, enjoyment, pleasure, and happiness. Anything that violently breaks it makes a deeper impression than the natural course. - The Birth Of Religion, Writings: Prose and Poems, Volume 8


We all struggle for happiness and as soon as we get a little happiness on one side, on the other side there comes unhappiness.- Maya and Illusion, Jnana Yoga, Volume 2


There is not one man who feels only good, happy feelings. There is not one who feels only unhappy feelings. - Worshiper and Worshiped, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 6


Happiness and unhappiness are both infectious. - XLVII Margot, Epistles - Third Series, Volume 7


Swami Vivekananda quote: Happiness and unhappiness are both infectious

Happiness presents itself before man, wearing the crown of sorrow on its head. He who welcomes it must also welcome sorrow. - Sayings and Utterances, Volume 5


Want and anxiety are the causes of all unhappiness and happiness too. - Worshiper and Worshiped, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 6


Grief itself will appear as happiness when you become used to it by constant suffering. - XXIII Akhandananda, Epistles - Second Series, Volume 6


Unhappiness is the fate of those who are content to live in this world, born as they are. A thousand times greater misery is the fate of those who dare to stand forth for truth and for higher things and who dare to ask for something higher than mere brute existence here. - Maya and the Evolution of the Conception of God, Jnana Yoga, Volume 2


Is it the fault of the merciful Father, whose wind of mercy is blowing without ceasing, day and night, whose mercy knows no decay, is it His fault that some of us are happy and some unhappy? We make our own destiny. - The Cosmos: The Microcosm, Jnana Yoga, Volume 2


Every idea that we are happy or unhappy is a tremendous delusion. - The Free Soul, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 3


Swami Vivekananda quote: Every idea that we are happy or unhappy is a tremendous delusion.

Sense Happiness

All happiness which comes from the senses will, eventually, bring pain. - Concentration: Its Practice, Patanjali's Yoga Aphorisms, Volume 1


Sense-happiness is not the goal of humanity. Wisdom is the goal of all life. - Unity, the Goal of Religion, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 3


Happiness, we see is what everyone is seeking for, but the majority seek it in things which are evanescent and not real. No happiness was ever found in the senses. There never was a person who found happiness in the senses or in enjoyment of the senses. Happiness is only found in the Spirit. Therefore the highest utility for mankind is to find this happiness in the Spirit. - The Real Nature of Man, Jnana Yoga, Volume 2


Our nature is far beyond misery and happiness, beyond every object of the senses, beyond the imagination. - Freedom, Karma Yoga, Volume 1


Swami Vivekananda quote: Our nature is far beyond misery and happiness, beyond every object of the senses, beyond the imagination.

Happiness and misery are only in the senses, they cannot touch our real Self. The soul is beyond time, space, and causality - therefore unlimited, omnipresent. - Discourses On Jnana-Yoga, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 8


We say, "I am the mind," "I am thought," "I am angry," or "I am happy". How can we be angry and how can we hate? We should identify ourselves with the Self that cannot change. If It is unchangeable, how can It be one moment happy, and one moment unhappy? It is formless, infinite, omnipresent. What can change It? It is beyond all law. What can affect It? Nothing in the universe can produce an effect on It. Yet through ignorance, we identify ourselves with the mind-stuff, and think we feel pleasure or pain. - Concentration: Its Practice, Patanjali's Yoga Aphorisms, Volume 1


Happiness of Others

We think that we have helped some man and expect him to thank us, and because he does not, unhappiness comes to us. Why should we expect anything in return for what we do? Be grateful to the man you help, think of him as God. - We Help Ourselves, Not The World, Karma Yoga, Volume 1


You will find at last that the easiest way to make ourselves healthy is to see that others are healthy, and the easiest way to make ourselves happy is to see that others are happy. - The First Steps, Raja Yoga, Volume 1


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Take my advice: Set yourselves wholly to the service of others, when you come from your colleges. Believe me, far greater happiness would then be yours than if you had had a whole treasury full of money and other valuables at your command. - I Shri Surendra Nath Das Gupta, Conversations and Dialogues, Volume 5


Swami Vivekananda quote: Take my advice: Set yourselves wholly to the service of others, when you come from your colleges

All selfishness comes of holding on to the self, to this illusory self. If we know the truth that there is no self, then we will be happy and make others happy. - Buddha's Message To The World, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 8


The individual's life is in the life of the whole, the individual's happiness is in the happiness of the whole; apart from the whole, the individual's existence is inconceivable — this is an eternal truth and is the bed-rock on which the universe is built. - Modern India, Translations: Prose, Volume 4


World Happiness

The world will go on with its happiness and misery through eternity. - We Help Ourselves, Not The World, Karma Yoga, Volume 1


The sum total of happiness and misery in this world is at least the same throughout. - Realization, Jnana-Yoga, Volume 2


Swami Vivekananda quote: The sum total of happiness and misery in this world is at least the same throughout.

Can any permanent happiness be given to the world? In the ocean we cannot raise a wave without causing a hollow somewhere else. - The Ideal of Karma-Yoga, Karma Yoga, Volume 1


We find the vast majority of people in every country believing that there will be a time when this world will become perfect, when there will be no disease, nor death, nor unhappiness, nor wickedness. That is a very good idea, a very good motive power to inspire and uplift the ignorant; but if we think for a moment, we shall find on the very face of it that it cannot be so. How can it be, seeing that good and evil are the obverse and reverse of the same coin? How can you have good without evil at the same time? - Non-Attachment Is Complete Self-Abnegation, Karma Yoga, Volume 1


True Happiness Quotes

Man thinks foolishly that he can make himself happy, and after years of struggle finds out at last that true happiness consists in killing selfishness and that no one can make him happy except himself.- Non-Attachment Is Complete Self-Abnegation, Karma Yoga, Volume 1


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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The happiest moments we ever know are when we entirely forget ourselves. - Saturday, July 13, Inspired Talks, Volume 7


Swami Vivekananda quote: The happiest moments we ever know are when we entirely forget ourselves.

There is no happiness higher than what a man obtains by this attitude of non-offensiveness, to all creation. - Raja Yoga in Brief, Raja Yoga, Volume 1


The happiest is the man who is not at all selfish. - The Goal, Practical Vedanta and Other Lectures, Volume 2


All over the world, it is the wise man who enjoys the happiness of the world. The ignorant man never enjoys; he has to work for others unconsciously. - One Existence Appearing as Many, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 3


You are one with this universe. He who says he is different from others, even by a hair's breadth, immediately becomes miserable. Happiness belongs to him who knows this oneness, who knows he is one with this universe.


More Quotes about Happiness

Achieve happiness or achieve greatness. - LXXXV Sister, Epistles - Fourth Series, Volume 8


So long as there is desire, no real happiness can come. It is only the contemplative, witness-like study of objects that brings to us real enjoyment and happiness. The animal has its happiness in the senses, the man in his intellect, and the god in spiritual contemplation. - Dhyana and Samadhi, Raja Yoga, Volume 1


The beggar is never happy. The beggar only gets a dole with pity and scorn behind it, at least with the thought behind that the beggar is a low object. He never really enjoys what he gets. - Work and its Secret, Lectures, Volume 2


Renounce and be happy. - LXXVIII Sister, Epistles - First Series, Volume 5


As long as we require someone else to make us happy, we are slaves. - On Karma-Yoga, Notes from Lectures and Discourses, Volume 5


We require none else to make us happy, for we are happiness itself. - Concentration: Its Practice, Patanjali's Yoga Aphorisms, Volume 1


Swami Vivekananda quote: We require none else to make us happy, for we are happiness itself.

We, we, and none else, are responsible for what we suffer. We are the effects, and we are the causes. We are free therefore. If I am unhappy, it has been of my own making, and that very thing shows that I can be happy if I will. - Vedantism, Lectures from Colombo to Almora, Volume 3


Every man has his own burden to bear. If you are miserable, try to be happy, try to conquer it. - The Preparation, Addresses on Bhakti-Yoga, Volume 4


The man whose pleasure is outside of [himself] becomes unhappy when that outside thing goes. You cannot depend for this pleasure upon anything in this universe. If all my pleasures are in myself, I must have pleasure there all the time because I can never lose my Self. - The Goal, Practical Vedanta and Other Lectures, Volume 2


So long as you have a body, so long as you are a slave to happiness, so long as time works on you, space works on you, you are a slave. The idea, therefore, is to be free of external and internal nature. - Vedantism, Lectures from Colombo to Almora, Volume 3


Both attachment and detachment perfectly developed make a man great and happy. - CLVII Margot, Epistles - Second Series, Volume 6


Whatever we do reacts upon us. If we do good, we shall have happiness, and if evil, unhappiness. - Steps Of Hindu Philosophic Thought, Lectures, Volume 1


Through the intellect is not the way to solve the problem of misery, but through the heart. If all this vast amount of effort had been spent in making men purer, gentler, more forbearing, this world would have a thousandfold more happiness than it has today. - Steps To Realization, Lectures, Volume 1


It is better that we know we are God and give up this fool's search after Him; and knowing that we are God we become happy and contented. Give up all these mad pursuits, and then play your part in the universe, as an actor on the stage. - Practical Vedanta: Part II, Practical Vedanta and Other Lectures, Volume 2


When man finds that all search for happiness in matter is nonsense, then religion begins. - Tuesday, August 6, Inspired Talks, Volume 7


Machines never made mankind happy and never will make. He who is trying to make us believe this will claim that happiness is in the machine; but it is always in the mind. That man alone who is the lord of his mind can become happy, and none else. - My Master, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 4


It cannot be that the soul is happy, it is happiness itself. That which is happy has borrowed its happiness; that which has knowledge has received its knowledge; and that which has relative existence has only a reflected existence. - The Cosmos: The Microcosm, Jnana Yoga, Volume 2


What we call happiness and good here are but particles of that eternal Bliss. - Vedantism, Lectures from Colombo to Almora, Volume 3


Swami Vivekananda quote: What we call happiness and good here are but particles of that eternal Bliss.

There it is! Quotes about happiness from Swami Vivekananda for you to think about.



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