22 Hope Quotes from Swami Vivekananda

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.

Infinite hope begets infinite aspiration. - The Influence of Indian Spiritual Thought in England, Lectures from Colombo to Almora, V3


The sign of vigor, the sign of life, the sign of hope, the sign of health, the sign of everything that is good, is strength. – Formal Worship, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 6


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We think we are going to get security, strength, wisdom, happiness from the outside. We always hope but never realize our hope. Never does any help come from the outside. - Is Vedanta The Future Religion?, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 8


We may all hope that someday or other, as we struggle through the paths of life, there will come a time when we shall become perfectly unselfish; and the moment we attain to that, all our powers will be concentrated, and the knowledge which is ours will be manifest. - Karma in Its Effect on Character, Karma Yoga, V1


When we have known the nature of the soul, hope comes to the weakest, to the most degraded, to the most miserable sinner. - Reply to the Address of Welcome at Paramakudi, Lectures from Colombo to Almora, V3


Hope for Reward

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, V1


Love for love's sake, duty for duty's sake, without hope of reward or fear of punishment. – The Hindu Religion, Lectures, V1


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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. We must worship the beautiful for beauty's sake, not for the hope of reward. – Indian Religious Thought, Lectures and Discourses, V4


Salvation never will come through hope of reward. – The Atman, Jnana Yoga, V2


Swami Vivekananda hope quotes: Salvation never will come through hope of reward.

Be free; hope for nothing from anyone. I am sure if you look back upon your lives you will find that you were always vainly trying to get help from others which never came. All the help that has come was from within yourselves. – Practical Vedanta: Part II, Practical Vedanta and other Lectures, V2


Hope in this World

There was a great king in ancient India who was once asked four questions, of which one was: "What is the most wonderful thing in the world?" "Hope," was the answer. This is the most wonderful thing. Day and nights we see people dying around us, and yet we think we shall not die; we never think that we shall die, or that we shall suffer. Each man thinks that success will be his, hoping against hope, against all odds, against all mathematical reasoning. Nobody is ever really happy here. – Steps to Realization, Lectures, V1


All our struggles and hopes and fears and joys, what will they lead to? We shall all end in death. Nothing is so certain as this. Where, then, is this motion in a straight line -- this infinite progression? It is only going out to a distance, and coming back to the center from which it started. – Introduction, Patanjali’s Yoga Aphorisms, V1


Hope is dominant in the heart of childhood. The whole world is a golden vision to the opening eyes of the child; he thinks his will is supreme. As he moves onward, at every step nature stands as an adamantine wall, barring his future progress. He may hurl himself against it again and again, striving to break through. The further he goes, the further recedes the ideal, till death comes, and there is release, perhaps. And this is Maya. – Maya and Freedom, Jnana Yoga, V2


Each one of us wants to keep this body for an indefinite time, thinking we shall be very happy, but there will come a time when we shall laugh at this idea. Now, if such be the truth, we are in a state of hopeless contradiction - neither existence nor non-existence, neither misery nor happiness, but a mixture of them. – Maya and Illusion, Jnana Yoga, V2


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Much has been said of the common ground of religious unity. I am not going just now to venture my own theory. But if anyone here hopes that this unity will come by the triumph of any one of the religions and the destruction of the others, to him I say, "Brother, yours is an impossible hope." – Address at the final session, Addresses at the Parliament of Religions, V1


Note of hope is: "I have no control of the external world, but that which is in me and nearer unto me, my own world, is in my control. If the two together are required to make a failure, if the two together are necessary to give me a blow, I will not contribute the one which is in my keeping; and how then can the blow come? If I get real control of myself, the blow will never come." – Work and Its Secret, Lectures, V2


More Hope Quotes from Vivekananda

Be perfectly hopeless, that is the highest state. What is there to hope for? Burst asunder the bonds of hope, stand on your Self, be at rest, never mind what you do, give up all to God, but have no hypocrisy about it. – Wednesday July 31, Inspired Talks, Volume 7


Never say any man is hopeless, because he only represents a character, a bundle of habits, which can be checked by new and better ones. Character is repeated habits, and repeated habits alone can reform character. – Concentration: Its Spiritual Uses, Patanjali’s Yoga Aphorisms, V1

Swami Vivekananda quote: Never say any man is hopeless, because he only represents a character, a bundle of habits, which can be checked by new and better ones. Character is repeated habits, and repeated habits alone can reform character.

The beautiful, hopeful, young person of today is the veteran of tomorrow. Hopes and joys and pleasures will die like blossoms with tomorrow's frost. That is one side; on the other, there are the great charms of conquest, victories over all the ills of life, victory over life itself, the conquest of the universe. On that side men can stand. Those who dare, therefore, to struggle for victory, for truth, for religion, are in the right way; and that is what the Vedas preach: Be not in despair, the way is very difficult, like walking on the edge of a razor; yet despair not, arise, awake, and find the ideal, the goal. – Maya and Freedom, Jnana Yoga, V2


The infinite future is before you, and you must always remember that each word, thought, and deed, lays up a store for you and that as the bad thoughts and bad works are ready to spring upon you like tigers, so also there is the inspiring hope that the good thoughts and good deeds are ready with the power of a hundred thousand angels to defend you always and forever. – Immortality, Jnana Yoga, V2



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